iDE is an international NGO working in 11 developing countries worldwide with a mission to empower low-income people increase their incomes and improve the quality of their lives. We see low-income people as potential entrepreneurs, and our goal is to help people make informed choices and decisions about how to improve their economic capabilities and invest in an aspirational future for themselves, their family, and their community. Whether that means developing farmland with new productivity-enhancing technologies, starting a new business, or accessing the skills and relationships necessary to access profitable, growing commercial markets, we try to facilitate a better future grounded in the desires of the "customers" we serve.
In practice, iDE focuses on discovering and developing innovative products, services, and business models that can be distributed through the marketplace in order to deliver dramatic income and livelihood impacts. Our approach leverages the comparative advantages of private and public stakeholders to reach large numbers of poor households cost effectively and in relatively short timeframes. The results? On average, we generate $14 for low-income households in agriculture and $19 in WASH for every $1 we invest through our work.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Enterprise Development, Finance and Investment, Health, Inclusive Business Models, Measuring Impact, Nutrition, Partnerships, Technology, Trade, Water, Women and Business, Youth Enterprise