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Spotlight: IDEI's idea grows through the Climate CoLab

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The International Development Enterprises India (IDEI) was a 2012/2013 Judges’ Choice and Popular Choice contest winner for their proposal on replacing diesel pump use for irrigation with Treadle Pumps.  We asked them about their Climate CoLab experience and here’s what they had to say.

Mr. Amitabha Sadangi, CEO, International Development Enterprises India (IDEI)

Mr. Amitabha Sadangi, CEO, International Development Enterprises India (IDEI)

“We came to know about Climate CoLab through a Google search about climate initiatives. The participation of a considerable number of like-minded people and organizations committed to tackle the challenges arising due to climate change inspired us to participate.  We submitted a proposal as it appeared to be an ideal platform to create awareness, seek support from potential financers or stakeholders and introduce new ideas and approaches to our proposed project.

The Treadle Pump program in India has been in implementation since 1991 but due to several limitations including financing, human resources and changing conditions, the number of villages involved are limited compared to the number of the total villages in India. Our proposal considers the scaling-up of the program through knowledge and expertise transfer. We have been exploring funding opportunities for this proposal and Climate CoLab seemed to be an excellent platform for seeking funding and requesting suggestions for effective implementation.

“The best thing that came out of being involved in the Climate
CoLab is the feedback we received from members”

The specific questions that were to be answered as part of the Climate CoLab Contest enabled us to evolve the proposal and introduce further clarity to it. We were able to identify each step and its effectiveness in the entire process. We also estimated the possible socio-economic and environmental impact and calculated the possible greenhouse gas emissions reduction that can be possible through the project.

The best thing that came out of being involved in the Climate CoLab is the feedback we received from members for improving the proposal and better impact analysis. In addition we have been informed about another program with phenomenal synergy with our project it is the sustainable agriculture program involving biointensive gardening, permaculture etc.


IDEI will be presenting their proposal at the Climate CoLab Crowds and Climate Conference, Nov 6-8, 2013.

To read more about IDEI, check out their proposal, Replacing use of diesel pumps in agriculture, and their website: http://www.ide-india.org/.  You can connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ide.india.