How TEL Works:

TEL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a platform where the global community can share and discuss innovative, locally implemented solutions to problems of poverty and sustainability. We are a growing international network of inventors, engineers, non-profit workers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, micro-financiers and community leaders, welcoming new members.

Prizes for Ideas:

Seeking support or recognition for a high-impact invention or solution, either ready for use or in development? Check our frequently updated guide to competitions, grants and awards for opportunities to promote and fund your work.

Solution Spotlight:

Leveraged Freedom Chair

Featured solution

The Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) is a lever-propelled wheelchair that provides unparalleled mobility on rough terrain. Instead of using gears and derailleurs that are likely to break under the conditions faced by developing country users, the user changes gears and achieves a 3:1 change in mechanical advantage by simply moving his hands up and down a set of levers that are connected to the drivetrain.


People Make It Happen:


JOY: from grassroots to organic revolution in southern India

people image What would it take to revitalize depleted soil in an area the size of Nebraska while also economically empowering low-income populations and women?  Governments often turn to investment in chemicals and infrastructure as the obvious approach.  But at the grassroots level in Karnataka, India, it's all being accomplished with worms, women, a few low-cost tablets and cartloads of manure.

News & Insights:

After Farmers Commit Suicide, Debts Fall on Families in India

people image Written by Harsha Vadlamani, contributing reporter form Hyderbad, India; The New York Times.

empowering people.Award
Technologies for basic needs

Nokero develops safe, affordable and environmentally-friendly technology used around the world.

Translators Without Borders

Niesar & Vestal LLP is a general business and corporate law firm with a diverse transactional and litigation practice, including advising nonprofit organizations on formation and tax exempt status issues.

The EIA is an international campaigning organization committed to investigating and exposing environmental crime and campaigning to protect endangered species and the natural world.

A Better World by Design is a three-day internationally acclaimed conference held annually at Brown & RISD campuses in Providence, RI.

Technology Review's annual EmTech is the premier conference focused on emerging technologies and their impact.

MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership that seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

Translations for Progress

The Rosetta Foundation