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Congratulations to the 2016 Pakistan Fellows!

Last month, Acumen held a celebration ceremony for the Pakistan Fellows Class of 2016 to commemorate the completion of the cohort’s first year as Acumen Fellows. Keynoted by Acumen President, Carlyle Singer, the event brought together Acumen community members from across Pakistan and showcased the leadership journeys of these 21 dynamic social change-makers.

This year’s Fellows are innovating across sectors, geographies and disciplines from promoting education to address the struggles of tribal communities, to unlocking the capacity of people with disabilities through sports, to running an ethical fashion company employing rural female artisans, and more.

Created in 2013, the Pakistan Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program that equips emerging social leaders with the skills, knowledge and moral imagination to drive positive change in their communities. Over the course of the Fellowship year, Fellows participate in five week-long seminars, where they receive tools, training and space to innovate new ideas and transform society to create a better, more inclusive world. The Fellows Program is fully sponsored, allowing participants to remain in their jobs so they can apply what they learn to their work in real time. At the end of the Fellowship, each cohort joins an extensive global community of social leaders.


Social Entrepreneurs Stand Up to White House in Defense of Muslim Rights

Yesterday, more than 170 global heads of social entrepreneurship organizations, including Acumen’s Founder and CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz, signed a letter denouncing President Trump’s recent Executive Order banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The seven countries included in the ban are Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. [Read More]

What We’re Learning Every Step of the Energy Ladder

Over the last decade, Acumen has invested roughly $20 million in 18 social enterprises in East Africa, India and Pakistan to build the largest portfolio of off-grid energy companies serving the poor. Working across every step of the energy ladder, these social enterprises have provided tens of millions with access to energy and helped them to save more than $1.7 billion in energy-related expenses while offsetting more than four million tons of CO2. [Read More]