D-Lab

D-Lab

D-Lab builds a global network of university-based and local innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty.

D-Lab challenges and inspires talented MIT students to use their maths, science, engineering, social science, and business skills to tackle global poverty issues.

Founded in 2002, D-Lab is a programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which is working to build a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty.

D-Lab’s knowledge encompasses a wide range of such technologies including community water testing and treatment, clean-burning cooking fuels, post-harvest processing, pedal and human power production, medical devices for global health, mobility aids, and prosthetics.

Its programmes are connected to communities in countries around the world including Brazil, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Haiti, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Nepal, India, and the Philippines.

D-Lab Scale-Ups was created in 2011, with support from Community Jameel to identify and scale technology solutions with potential for wide scale poverty alleviation. Three years later, Scale-Ups includes a social entrepreneur fellowship program; the Harvest Fuel Initiative, a technical assistance program for East African agricultural waste charcoal producers; an active research and development arm; and an industry consortium on market-based solutions to poverty.

To date, Scale-Ups-assisted enterprises have created 248 fulltime jobs in developing countries, and have indirectly employed an additional 400.

To find out more about D-Lab’s extensive activities please visit: http://d-lab.mit.edu/