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We have published a more recent review of this organization. See our most recent report on IDE.
International Development Enterprises (IDE) is a large charity primarily focused on selling simple agricultural technologies.1
We have considered IDE at 3 times: IDE applied to us for a grant in late-2009; we reviewed IDE's website in mid-2009, and IDE applied to us for a grant in late-2007. Details on each follow below.
International Development Enterprises applied for funding through our grant application process for organizations working on economic empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Development Enterprises did not advance past our Round 1 screen because it did not meet any of the criteria below. For more information about this grant, see our overview page for this grant.
We looked for the following in conducting our Round 1 screen and considered further any organization that met at least one of the criteria below:
For more information about why we chose these, see our reasoning behind these criteria.
In mid-2009, we reviewed the International Development Enterprises 's website as part of a process to identify top international aid organizations. (How did we identify charities for review?) We reviewed International Development Enterprises 's website to determine whether it met either of the following two criteria, which we believe indicate whether a charity is likely to eventually be able to meet our full criteria for a recommendation: (Why do we rely on information found on a charity's website?)
International Development Enterprises did not meet either of these criteria.
International Development Enterprises applied for our funding and recommendation for saving lives or reducing poverty in Africa, but did not advance past our Round 1 screen, which aimed at finding charities with strong self-documentation. For more information, see our overview page for this grant.
Specifics of why International Development Enterprises did not advance
We used the following principles in conducting our Round 1 screen for this cause:
International Development Enterprises was among the charities that did not provide this type of evidence and instead submitted evidence that gave descriptions of their activities relying on one or more of the following: anecdotes, newspaper articles, survey data (types of evidence that we are skeptical about, as we have written on our blog), and evidence of the size of the problems they were attacking - but did not give us information that gave us high confidence that their programs were creating positive life change, or information that we felt could begin to get at their cost-effectiveness in changing lives. It's possible that International Development Enterprises has the information we want, and didn't send it due to misinterpretations of our application, time constraints, or other reasons. But due to time constraints of our own, we opted to focus on the applicants who seemed most promising.
As part of that application process, IDE submitted the following documents:
Updated: March 5, 2010
Updated: March 5, 2010
International Development Enterprises, "Our Technologies."