Acumen Blog

The Malaria Wars

Recent stories in the New York Times on the fight against malaria highlight the complexities of creating effective malaria-prevention technologies and distributing these technologies to the poor. On the one hand, the W.H.O. and other agencies have raised hundreds of millions to purchase long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets that effectively combat malaria at the local level. On the other, distribution continues to be a challenge. [Read More]

The power of a PPP

The British metal firm BHP Billiton’s recent efforts to reduce malaria prevalance in Mozambique are a good example of a public-private partnership, driven through the efforts and innovation of a single company that saw the potential for doing something important and powerful. The world needs more such partnerships. I thought you would enjoy this article. [Read More]

A Big Idea in a Flat World

I recently attended the Aspen Ideas Fest at the Aspen Institute. While Acumen Fund values and works as a global community, and not from any one viewpoint, I was also speaking here as an American on Independence Day weekend – a reminder that we all speak as ourselves in different communities and have slightly different messages. What is important – and exciting – is to do so always with the view of reminding ourselves, and the world, that we are all in this together. And that, together, we really can solve tough problems. [Read More]

Bombay’s boom

This is a fascinating, insightful article on the complexity and power of Bombay. As the world becomes more interconnected and the gap between rich and poor widens, how we make decisions and how we treat our cities will become even more important, reflecting the future, and the world, we wish to create. Building real opportunities for the poor – legal ones that enable access and choice – is fundamental to the survival of all of us, urban and rural. [Read More]

Making water infrastructure work for the poor

This report focuses on how small-scale, decentralized, affordable and environmentally sustainable projects in water can reduce poverty more effectively than huge spending on large-scale irrigation systems, dams and canals. The report also showcases the success of Acumen Fund investee IDE India with drip irrigation systems, highlighting it as a good example of a low-tech, low-cost and high-reward solution. [Read More]