A treadle pump success story

Editor’s note: International Development Enterprises (iDE), founded in 1981 by Paul Polak, pioneered the commercial introduction of the foot-operated treadle pump to poor farmers in the Global South. In the 1980s and 90s, iDE sold 1.5 million pumps — about half …

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A simple pump feeds a family of 20

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of seven case studies from the files of iDE Ethiopia which we’re posting here to spotlight the human reality that motivates our work and gives it meaning. The people featured in these vignettes are …

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The Design Revolution is underway

By Mal Warwick A lengthy article in yesterday’s New York Times (“Solving Problems For Real World, Using Design“) called attention to the sea change underway in the field of design.  Not so very long ago, designers trained for specialization in a …

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The Last 500 Feet

By Paul Polak Developing practical and profitable new ways to cross the last 500 feet to the remote rural places where poor families now live and work is the first step towards creating vibrant new markets that serve poor customers. …

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Jeffrey Sachs Unmasked

A review by Mal Warwick of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, by Nina Munk @@@@@ (5 out of 5) It’s difficult even to dip your toes into the literature about poverty without tripping over the Millennium …

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