Month: January 2013

Husk Power Systems featured on PBS NewsHour

When the world’s largest democracy goes dark, it makes headlines. During the 2012 India blackouts, roughly 600 million people were left without power, making it the largest power outage in world history.  Not included among those without electricity were the more than 200,000 customers of Husk Power Systems (HPS) in the state of Bihar.  The[…..]

d.light design wins Zayed Future Energy Prize

Hot on the heels of Ziqitza Health Care winning the Social Impact Award in India, d.light design just announced it has been awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize for 2013. The Prize aims to catalyze innovation to create a new, sustainable energy future, and to inspire entrepreneurs to create a vision for a more environmentally[…..]

Ziqitza Health Care wins Social Impact Award

A huge congratulations to one of our early investments, Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL)! The Indian ambulance company was recently awarded the Times of India Social Impact Award.

The Times of India Social Impact Awards recognize nonprofits and companies that are working to improve education, healthcare and economic empowerment throughout India. The finalists were selected by[…..]

Acumen’s five favorite blogs from 2012

Happy New Year! Before we dive headlong into all the exciting developments we have in store for 2013, we wanted to pause, reflect and say thank you. 2012 was a tremendous year at Acumen, which included (among a lot of other things) opening a new office in West Africa, launching a Pakistan Regional Fellows Program,[…..]

Lessons of empowerment

It was 8 o’clock on a cool October morning and the sun was shining brightly, lending its warmth to the crisp morning air. We were standing outside the gates of a government run primary school, in rural Uttar Pradesh, one of the most underdeveloped states in India. We could see a number of children, between[…..]

Investing in Children’s Nutrition in the BOP

By Kyla Springer A KeBAL street food vendor (Photos courtesy of Thatcher Cook/Mercy Corps) [This article was previously published at Mercy Corps’ Global Envision and NextBillion.  It is republished with thanks.] In the urban slums of Jakarta, young kids are getting enriched, healthy nutrition…