Category: Needs of developing countries

Clean water for India

Spring Health, our rapidly scalable safe drinking water company designed to go global, has now started its commercial rollout in India by recruiting and training 90 new full-time staff, and expanding from 35 villages to 105 villages in three months.…

Solar crusader lights up Africa

Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are affecting the continent and empowering the African people. When you look at the supposed “dark” continent, its social and economic problems are abundantly clear. But it seems that Africa’s entrepreneurs are stepping up and trying to find ways to solve some of these challenges. […]

Impact investing scales rapidly in India

Sectors like microfinance institutions, financial inclusion and healthcare together received 82% of the investment. Photo: Mint Mumbai: Impact investing firms, which invest to deliver social benefits alongside financial returns, have put $1.6 billion (around Rs.9,600 crore) into India since 2000, mostly in…

Water scarcity creates needs for investment

Interview with Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte From Fortune Brainstorm Green to SXSW Eco and beyond, Will Sarni is one of world’s most sought-after speakers on global water and sustainability issues — and with good reason. Author of Corporate Water…

Ten innovative social entrepreneurs in Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) recently announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Like the years before, the 10 finalists have been chosen for their practical, innovative solutions to local problems that are unique to the African continent. From South…

A green revolution in Africa

Last month was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. In 1944, Borlaug moved to Mexico to work on breeding high-yield, disease-resistant strains of wheat. Mexico adopted them — and in 1970, wheat…

M-KOPA Solar hits 60,000 users in Kenya

Established in 2011 to end the dependency on kerosene lamps and fuel in Kenya, M-KOPA Solar, an innovative asset financing company that sells solar home systems to off grid households, on an affordable 12-month mobile money payment plan via Safaricom’s M-Pesa, has announced that it has hit over 60 000 users countrywide. The firm said […]

Tackling India’s sanitation problem

Nagaraja Prakasam is an Acumen India Partner and an independent Director at GUARDIAN. He is also a full-time angel investor and recently founded the Impact arm of the Indian Angel Network.  New data released by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) earlier this year has once again underlined the woeful state of sanitation in India, […]

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Visiting smallholder farmers

With the support of the Gates Foundation, Acumen commissioned a study with Bain & Co. to understand key drivers of the adoption of agricultural innovation among smallholder farmers. Vikki Tam is the lead partner on the project. Below Vikki writes about her recent field visits in India and Kenya. This post was originally posted here. […]

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