iDE Canada creates income and livelihood opportunities in developing countries around the world. We invest in local entrepreneurship, building businesses with a focus on agriculture and sanitation. With access to the right products, services and advice, farmers can transform their small farms into small businesses. With access to research and development, sanitation business owners can produce the life-saving products their customers want.     

Thirty-five years ago, we recognized that those experiencing poverty were some of the savviest customers in the world, willing to invest in products and services that provide real benefits to their health and income. In partnership with iDE programs around the world, we have helped 30 million people so far.  

COVID-19 has heightened awareness around protecting the most vulnerable. For iDE and our supporters, this includes the people we serve around the world, where access to clean water, soap, and proper sanitation does not always exist.

A social enterprise, Sama Sama Ghana, has inaugurated seven free handwashing stations in Tamale and Savelugu, both in the Northern Region, to help encourage regular handwashing and good personal hygiene among the people in those areas.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the International Development Week, The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and World University Service Canada (WUSC) launched the Innovation and Impact Awards, recognizing an individual and a Canadian organization for the contributions they have made to global development and humanitarian assistance. Read an article with the two winners, iDE's CEO Stuart Taylor and Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, whose work span food aid, sanitation, and the empowerment of entrepreneurs.