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What We Do

Focus on Sustainable Impact

“I-DEV International is focused on impact and results. We evaluate each one of our engagements as any for-profit investment firm would, based on Return on Investment for both the community and our corporate clients. We even tie our compensation to it.”

Patricia Chin-Sweeney,
Director of Business Development

I-DEV International is unique because we focus not only on developing the initial project strategy, but also on carefully managed, flexible implementation.  We ensure impact and results by actively managing each phase of an engagement’s lifecycle, from design through implementation to true sustainability.  Additionally, we tie our fee structure to performance, making I-DEV one of the only development firms to link its compensation directly to delivering measurable results.  We measure results on each individual project through value created in comparison to capital invested (Return On Investment, or Social Return on Investment).  Below are examples of I-DEV’s work.


Project Highlights:

Tara PodsPROJECT TARA CAJAMARCA – BUILDING A $30 MILLION INDUSTRY IN PERU’S NORTHERN HIGHLANDS

I-DEV has advised the Asociación de Productores de Tara de San Marcos (APT), a farmers cooperative in Northern Perú, since its inception in 2007 to develop greater economic opportunity from tara. Through extensive agricultural research, in-the-field training on improved cultivation techniques, incorporation of business incentives, and establishment of a region-wide network of producers that sell to a guaranteed purchaser, I-DEV has helped APT become the largest, most successful supplier of unprocessed tara in Peru. For the past 2 years, APT has generated nearly $1 million in revenue and stimulated the growth of a $30 million region-wide tara industry, resulting in increased average household income for 6,000 local farmers from $0.85 to $5.88 per day. APT recently contracted I-DEV to design and implement the world’s first organic tara program and help manage expansion to other departments of Peru. I -DEV is also helping APT secure working capital and infrastructure loans. Read the Project Tara Cajamarca Case Study.

FILLING THE MISSING MIDDLE: PIONEERING INNOVATIONS IN DEVELOPMENT FINANCE

Drawing on its Partner’s backgrounds in investment banking and venture capital, I-DEV is developing new approaches to address the capital gap (the lack of start-up financing) that exists between micro-finance and multi-million dollar project financing. I-DEV is currently pioneering a new model for micro-finance, called Aggregated Lending, as well as piloting a hybrid for-profit venture capital and development investment fund.


coffee sortersDIRECT TRADE COFFEE SUPPLY CHAIN

I-DEV is partnering with ForesTrade and the Coffee Quality Institute, the non-profit arm of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, to build out a scalable, more efficient and transparent premium coffee supply chain that will pilot in Sumatra, Indonesia and then be replicated around the world. I-DEV began buy conducting the first-ever Direct Trade Coffee Market Study to assess current and future market demand and industry dynamics. I-DEV is currently in the process of perfecting the supply chain strategy before rolling out the program on-the-ground.



LOCAL FOOD SERVICES SUPPLY CHAIN DEVELOPMENT

I-DEV is advising a large food services provider on developing a local fresh produce supply chain in Northern Peru. Currently, this company sources its produce from the Peruvian Coast, a 20+ hour drive away. By developing a local supply chain that adheres to strict sanitation and quality standards, I-DEV is helping its client reduce costs while simultaneously empowering the local community. I-DEV has also recommended the development of a local food processing facility that will free up existing bottlenecks and enable locals to produce premium packaged goods.


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MARKETING AND SUPPLY CHAIN EFFICIENCY STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR 2 ORGANIC COOPERATIVES IN MEXICO

I-DEV is working with Playa Viva Resorts and the Opportunity Collaboration Conference to help develop and grow 2 local farmer-based organic cooperatives outside of Zihuatanejo, Mexico: one, an artisanal salt coop that works the same ancient salt plains used by the Aztecs, and the other, an organic produce coop. I-DEV conducted a best practices/SWOT analysis and will present at the Opportunity Collaboration Conference on ways in which conference attendees can assist these two cooperatives to scale and thrive.


CHEFS CORPS (www.chefscorps.org)

I-DEV has developed an innovative global nutrition program that brings professionally-trained chefs on 2 week field missions, during which they are immersed in local culture and then train groups of women on how to prepare more nutritious meals for their families, using improved sanitary practices.  I-DEV is also pairing the Chefs Corps initiative with the efforts of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves by training women to prepare meals using clean-burning cookstoves, which significantly reduce respiratory illness.

DOING DEVField Case StudyELOPMENT IN…TRAINING PROGRAM IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT & CSR

I-DEV’s Doing Development In…program (DDI) trains the next generation of global social entrepreneurs on innovative practices. DDI brings graduate students and professionals from around the world to Peru for educational sessions on cutting-edge, market-based sustainable development, development financing and corporate social responsibility. Through discussions with top organizations such as The Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, Root Capital, Kiva, Technoserve, and Social Capital Group, workshops on grassroots development and community relations in Cajamarca, host family stays, and an in-the-field case study, DDI exposes participants to the unique challenges faced by families, institutions and corporations in developing countries. Visit www.doingdevelopmentin.com.

SANITATION AS A BUSINESS (SAAB)

I-DEV was selected by Water For People, a global water and sanitation NGO, to assist in the launch of their global Sanitation as a Business (SAAB) program in Blantyre, Malawi. Financed by a Gates Foundation grant, this is the first genuine attempt at establishing a global ecosystem of sanitation-focused SMEs. I-DEV was hired by Water For People to help the NGO and its group of local entrepreneurs to launch these businesses. I-DEV’s work included a “big picture” assessment of the business environment in Blantyre, a thorough analysis of the target low-income markets, and business strategy advice for the entrepreneurs. See an overview of our work here.