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Why India’s Economic Growth Depends on Vocational Training

India has an enormous population of young people – over half of the 1.2 billion people are younger than 25 years old. Yet, only 2% of its 500 million person workforce has any skills or training. The majority work in the informal sector (90%), where there are few opportunities for education other than what workers ‘pick up’ on the job. This reality limits overall productivity, as well as upward mobility. [Read More]

Letter from Jacqueline: My Week in Ghana

I am writing on a return flight from Ghana. The country has not seen a single case of Ebola, yet the impact of fear is profound. As travelers enter the country, attendants screen for high temperatures. Hand sanitizer dispensers are omnipresent. Hotels and conferences have seen massive cancellations. Everywhere are constant reminders of our fragility and the strength of our connectedness. [Read More]

Unreasonable Institute: Now More Unreasonable

Each year entrepreneurs from around the world – all committed to tackling the world’s toughest environmental and social problems – converge at the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado to accelerate their venture and scale their impact. For five weeks, these entrepreneurs live together in a house, attend workshops, meet with world-class mentors, and pitch to dozens of investors. [Read More]

Solution Revolution: A Conversation with William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan

William Eggers and Paul Macmillan wrote a book called “The Solution Revolution“, described as “a burgeoning new economy where players from across the spectrum of business, government, philanthropy, and social enterprise converge to solve big problems and create public value.” Read on for a Q&A with the authors about the topic, and learn about what the solution revolution is, what role the government plays in the solution economy, and how you can play a role in the solution revolution. [Read More]

No Ordinary Leaders

There is an old saying that goes “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.” This couldn’t be truer of post-election Zimbabwe.  Allegations of vote rigging, voter intimidation and claims of blatant disregard for the will of the people, all culminating in a call for mass protests by the losing party. Zimbabweans have known little more than being in ‘election mode’ for the greater part of the last 5 years and while political parties engage in cheap politics, the economy continues to contract, companies continue to downsize, incomes continue to be uncertain and people continue to suffer. Growing up, I was taught certain truths and values that were deemed to be self evident at the time, such as obedience and respect towards my elders. Although older generations could not claim to be perfect, they still commanded respect because of their word and deed. It is unfortunate that the woman I am today struggles to reconcile the lessons of my youth with the words and actions of the leaders I see in positions of power in Zimbabwe. [Read More]

Positive impact, positive returns – Tips for the impact investing job search

Last summer’s communications associate at Acumen, Emma Vaughn, kindly offered MBA students and job seekers  “7 Tips to Landing a Job in Impact Investing,” a list whose recommendations continue to provide valuable guidance in the search for a meaningful career in the field of impact investment. As this year’s summer associate, I’d like to offer a few more tips for MBA students that I’ve found helpful in my own experience thus far, along with further encouragement to others to explore opportunities in this emerging sector. [Read More]

The Kerosene Problem: An open letter for better research

At d.light, we hear time and time again how relieved our customers are to rid their homes of toxic kerosene smoke: they feel it burning their eyes and lungs, they see it covering their homes in soot. They – and we – understand that this smoke is bad for them and bad for their homes. But seeing and knowing from experience is not always sufficient in our increasingly data-driven world, especially when it comes to policy formulation. [Read More]