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, off-grid electricity solutions and evaluation.
Smartphone-based microscopy for point-of-care disease diagnosis.
Cellular connectivity for low-density rural communities.
Portable solar power for medical LED lighting and charging of cell phones and medical equipment.
Arsenic removal from contaminated groundwater.
Online platform to facilitate public discourse and political engagement.
Affordable modular roofing tiles made from recycled materials for slum housing.
Combining traditional face-to-face and phone-based surveys with “Big Data” from telecommunications networks to estimate a range of development indicators.
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
Develop methods of sustainable arsenic-bearing sludge utilization for arsenic-affected countries.
Design, build, and optimize the Computational CellScope.
Develop a novel technology to affordable make brackish water potable for rural developing communities.
Study smart meters to understand household electric power usage.
Hand-help devices to record the amount of stored grain to improve agricultural productivity.
Mobile accounting software to improve overall uptake and usage of fuel-saving cookstoves
Randomized, controlled trial to study the influence of instrumented monitoring on household-level water filters.
Mobile phone-based ophthalmoscope.
Comparing approaches to introducing lower-emission cookstoves to rural communities.
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.