About Us

IDEAS Institute for Development, Evaluation, Assistance & Solutions

The IDEAS mission is to contribute to the sustainable economic development of low income persons by providing training, technical assistance, consulting, and information on innovations of financial and non-financial services to institutions and professionals.


IDEAS’ mission is to provide training and technical assistance to microfinance, cooperatives and development organizations so they can help their clients and members, especially women, move out of poverty faster.


IDEAS has worked for 40 years in North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia, starting in Latin America (in Nicaragua) 25 years ago.  IDEAS has its Latin American office in Managua, and many Nicaraguan consultants have been a key part of IDEAS’ work throughout the last 20 years.

  1. Provide technical assistance and training to local and national development organizations in lower income communities and countries to meet the challenge of sustainable social change in challenging environments.
  2. Help persons in developing countries to create innovative programs and organizations that can meet local needs while becoming financially sustainable.
  3. Develop a core of consultants, especially women, from developing countries who contribute to their national and regional development.
  4. Develop the first microfranchise in Nicaragua. Microfranchises work well in Asia and Africa but are new to Latin America. www.tecap.info

We assist the following types of institutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in improving the lives of the poor:  social enterprises, microfinance institutions (MFIs) and their networks, cooperatives, non-profits, companies, and socially responsible investors.