What we do

We find what works to reduce poverty by experimenting with potential solutions that address common challenges facing people living in the last mile. We engage partners from the development, public and private sectors to advance products, services and approaches that support disadvantaged people to realize their full potential and enjoy a dignified life, free of poverty.

We undertake three core types of work to achieve this:

Experimentation Projects

We focus on rapid experimentation of promising solutions to problems faced by people living in the last mile. These solutions may be technology driven (physical or information and communication technologies (ICT)) or approaches inspired by behavioral insights. View our current projects here.

Consulting Services

Last Mile Consulting is our professional advisory service to corporate and public sector clients who are developing innovative products or services that serve the needs of people in emerging and developing markets. See our services here.

Technology Distribution

We source simple and affordable products that address the typical problems faced by people living in the last mile. We distribute these technologies directly to communities in collaboration with trusted local partners. We do this through three key programs:

  • Wonder Women program
  • Customized Technology Distribution Projects
  • Technology Distribution Projects with Local Partners

Our Focus

We exist to serve underserved and disadvantaged people around the world by striving to find more effective solutions to poverty reduction. We believe that breakthrough solutions are unlikely to emerge in the course of ‘business as usual,’ so we therefore embrace risk taking, trial, error and experimentation to find what really works.

We place utmost importance on working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for, and with last mile communities in order to realize sustainable development and a world that is free from poverty. We currently focus on six areas of expertise largely concentrated within the Southeast Asia region, and in particular Indonesia.

  • Energy
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Health
  • Education
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment