DIL Pipeline Projects

The DIL pipeline of demonstration projects will create real and measurable impact and serve to demonstrate and refine the Development Engineering methodology and DIL’s strategies for supporting scaling. The projects integrate new technologies in areas such as energy, water, and health, with novel understandings of markets, social behavior, and organization. Learn more about current DIL projects:

Rural Electric Power Project (REPP)

Rural, off-grid electricity solutions and evaluation.


Smartphone-based microscopy for point-of-care disease diagnosis.

The Village Base Station (VBTS)

Cellular connectivity for low-density rural communities.


Portable solar power for medical LED lighting and charging of cell phones and medical equipment.

ElectroChemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR) for Safe Drinking Water

Arsenic removal from contaminated groundwater.

Collective Assessment & Feedback Engine (CAFE)

Online platform to facilitate public discourse and political engagement.


Affordable Recycled Modular Roofs

Affordable modular roofing tiles made from recycled materials for slum housing.

High-Resolution Development Indicators

Combining traditional face-to-face and phone-based surveys with “Big Data” from telecommunications networks to estimate a range of development indicators.

Information and Intermittent Water

Evaluate the effects of a new text-message based notification system on households’ abilities to cope with intermittent water supply and willingness to pay for utility services.


Automated Smear-Positive Tuberculosis Diagnosis

Developing software to complement existing mobile device hardware in order to facilitate quality-assured diagnosis of smear-positive tuberculosis.

Improving Job-Search Efficiency

Evaluates and improves Job Shikari, an innovative job market information system that matches recent graduates from technical and vocational training institutes with employers

Pilot and Planning Projects

Sustainable Arsenic-Bearing Sludge Management

Develop methods of sustainable arsenic-bearing sludge utilization for arsenic-affected countries.

Field-portable computational microscopy

Design, build, and optimize the Computational CellScope.

Treating Brackish Drinking Water

Develop a novel technology to affordable make brackish water potable for rural developing communities.



Energy Efficiency and Rural Electrification

Study smart meters to understand household electric power usage.

E-warehousing for Smallholder Farmers

Hand-help devices to record the amount of stored grain to improve agricultural productivity.

Cookstove Measurement Technology Project

Mobile accounting software to improve overall uptake and usage of fuel-saving cookstoves

Sensor Reactivity Study

Randomized, controlled trial to study the influence of instrumented monitoring on household-level water filters.

Ocular CellScope

Mobile phone-based ophthalmoscope.



Does Scarcity Improve Adoption?

Comparing approaches to introducing lower-emission cookstoves to rural communities.


Community-based air pollution Informatics

Low-cost, easily accessible community resources to enable air pollution informatics.



Reducing Corruption Through Crowdsourcing

Evaluating the impact of a crowdsourcing application that aggregates information about corruption and public service delivery in India.

Digital Mapping for Transparency

A new dataset that combines high-resolution satellite map with location-tagged data that will inform public infrastructure audits.


Empowering Homegrown Environmental Monitors

Evaluation of an ICT monitoring system that compiles tweets from community monitors to improve efforts to close mining operations and reduce damage to communities.

Incentivized Mobile-based Timed Surveys

Mobile-phone based surveys that will inform the poor on economic decisions, and companies and governments to guide policy and business decisions.