About the Practical Impact Alliance

The MIT Practical Impact Alliance harvests the power of collaborative learning and action to increase, accelerate, and sustain impact on global poverty.

The MIT Practical Impact Alliance (PIA), organized by MIT D-Lab, is a membership organization of leaders from diverse organizations with aligned missions who learn, collaborate, and develop best practices together. Through PIA’s activities such as working groups, field-based co-design summit, annual conference, and MIT student engagement, member organizations can increase their individual and collective impact – all while leveraging and supporting the work of MIT programs focusing on global poverty alleviation.

Read the 2018 PIA Program for an overview of this year's activities. And see highlights from the first three years of PIA here: PIA At-a-Glance 2017 2016 and 2015.

At the nexus of technology innovation and international development at MIT, D-Lab is uniquely positioned to connect the Practical Impact Alliance members with the MIT innovation and research that is most relevant to their goals.

Across MIT, world-leading thinkers are applying their talents to the development of innovative business and technology solutions to global poverty. The MIT Practical Impact Alliance is the latest chapter in the Institute’s accomplished history of collaborating with leading organizations to bring knowledge and innovation to bear on the world’s greatest challenges.

Founded by renowned inventor and MIT senior lecturer Amy Smith, D-Lab has been a cornerstone of MIT’s international development ecosystem for more than 10 years. In addition to being the leading entity behind the USAID-sponsored International Development Innovation Network and a partner of the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation, D-Lab’s multidisciplinary curriculum of 20 MIT courses engages students and faculty from across the Institute.

D-Lab Scale-Ups
The Practical Impact Alliance is facilitated by MIT D-Lab’s Scale-Ups programLaunched in 2011 with the support of Community Jameel, Scale-Ups enables market-driven deployment of technology solutions to poverty through a social entrepreneur fellowship program, technical assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises, and industry-engaged research.

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Visit: The Practical Impact Alliance is based at MIT D-Lab. D-Lab hosts open hours for visitors each Tuesday from 12-1 pm during the academic year.