Month: May 2013

Building an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship in rural India

Editor’s note: this post was originally published on World Bank’s Ending Poverty in South Asia blog. Acumen is a partner organization of the Bihar Innovation Forum. Traditionally, both government and the private sector have struggled to reach remote and poverty stricken parts of India, especially eastern states such as Bihar. Even social entrepreneurs and civil society organizations […]

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There’s a first time for everything

On May 14-16, Acumen held its first summit of social enterprises and global corporations to explore opportunities for collaboration aimed at expanding access to critical goods and services for poor communities in East and West Africa. The event was the formal kick-off of the Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative, a partnership between Acumen and Dow launched […]

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Acumen and Dow launch the Technical Assistance Initiative to support Social Enterprises across East and West Africa

Acumen, with support from Dow, Coca-Cola and Standard Chartered hosted the Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative Summit from 14th – 16th May 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit signaled the start of the TA Imitative that aims to accelerate the development and distribution of crucial products and services in agriculture, water, sanitation and energy across East […]

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The Other Story of Pakistan

Pakistan has been in the news a lot lately, but unfortunately always for the wrong reasons. Any mention of Pakistan in the media is inevitably related to terrorism, extremism or violence.   This one-sided portrayal of Pakistan in most media outlets leads many people around the world to believe that this nation of 190 million is […]

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Acumen Announces First Energy Investment in Pakistan

Hydropower project to provide significant access to electricity for rural communities                                   Pakistan, May, 2013– Acumen, a pioneering non-profit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and in South Asia, today announced its first investment in the growing rural energy […]

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I Wanted to Change the World

At Acumen, we have a tradition of ending our weekly meetings by sharing something we call “Aha’s”–those moments we experience during the week that change our outlook or give us deeper insight into the work we do and the values we try to promote. Our Regional Fellows Manager, Suraj Sudhaker, recently shared the following quote […]

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Where Does Innovation Meet Scale?

Editor’s note: a version of this post from our former Global Fellows Manager first appeared on her blog and has been posted with permission. Since I left Acumen about eight months ago to work with Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the health related MDGs and Malaria, I have been thinking […]

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