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.
Developing software to complement existing mobile device hardware in order to facilitate quality-assured diagnosis of smear-positive tuberculosis.
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-held 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.
Evaluating the impact of a crowdsourcing application that aggregates information about corruption and public service delivery in India.
A new dataset that combines high-resolution satellite map with location-tagged data that will inform public infrastructure audits.
Mobile-phone based surveys that will inform the poor on economic decisions, and companies and governments to guide policy and business decisions.
Going Beyond the Bowl to Achieve Gender Equity in Sanitation.
The project’s mobile phone-based social media service, Khedut Saathi, allows farmers to easily share educational ideas and experiences with fellow farmers.
Cool Joule examines the potential benefit of flexible energy loads to provide a grid-scale balancing resource and societal co-benefits by using a ‘FlexBox’, and other strategies.
An ultra-low-cost device, capable of simultaneously measuring blood oxygenation, heart rate, and heart rate variability, that relies on the processing, connectivity, and power resources of mobile phones.
Conducting genetic testing of maize seed samples in western Kenya, allowing researchers to provide the first quantitative assessment of the extent of counterfeiting in Kenya.
A new technology that uses sensors embedded in a mobile phone to automatically detect potholes and to provide a visual mapping of potholes.
Transforming waste to fuel at large scale and as one of the solutions to the urban sanitation crisis in Kenya.
Monitoring technology in Kenya’s informal transportation sector to allow for employee monitoring, easier contracting, and increased productivity and safety.
Design a randomized control trial to test impact of two specific interventions: a promotional campaign to advertise individual job posts, and screening via skills assessments administered to job applicants.
develop and deploy a network of low-cost air quality sensing devices mounted on boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis) to produce a detailed and near real-time map of air pollution. This will provide insights into the sources and scale of air pollution in Kampala, Uganda.
Seeks understand impacts of technology platform called Haqdarshak, which identifies eligible families and helps them through the process of receiving entitlements.
Design and test a mobile money based lotto-linked savings account that leverages Haiti’s pervasive lottery culture to improve savings and broader welfare outcomes.
Collaboration between UC Merced, Kathmandu University, and the International Centre for Mountain Development (ICIMOD), with goal of integrating hydrologic knowledge and socioeconomic information into a water management decision support system.