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2 Awesome Summer Volunteer Positions with Acumen Fund!

Acumen Fund invests in companies that deliver critical goods and services – water, health, housing, energy, and agriculture – at affordable prices to low-income people earning less than four dollars a day in India, Pakistan, and East Africa; we invest in leaders who are paving the way for new approaches to fighting poverty; and we invest in ideas that will give the world the knowledge and the understanding to create a world beyond poverty.

To help support our work investing in both leaders and ideas, we are looking for two committed, high-performing volunteers to join our Innovation and Fellows teams this summer. Both positions are unpaid, but offer transportation stipends to offset transit costs to and from the office.

The Innovation Volunteer will primarily focus on helping us develop content for the new class on Acumen Fund at the University of Michigan, piloting this fall. He/she may also conduct policy research for our engagement with various stakeholders in Washington DC and assist with internal operations for the office of the CEO. Our ideal candidate is a motivated, high-energy individual with excellent research and writing skills, some experience developing educational content, and basic knowledge of the legislative process on Capitol Hill. If you’re interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample to Wei Wei Hsing at whsing AT acumenfund DOT org by midnight on Wednesday May 18.

The Fellows Volunteer will have the opportunity to work on Acumen Fund’s rapidly developing Global and Regional Fellows Programs as well as on Alumni programming. He/she will contribute to training the next generation of social sector leaders and social entrepreneurs by supporting curriculum design & administration, improving upon our existing marketing & recruitment strategy, and fostering greater connection between our community, our Fellows, and our Alumni. Specifically, the Fellows Volunteer will have the chance to plan Fellows events, develop an online social networking platform, create marketing materials, as well as help build the newly launched East Africa Fellows Program from the ground up. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about the fields of social enterprise, education, and/or international development, and who is eager to gain access to one of the most prestigious training grounds for the world’s leading social changemakers. If you’re interested, the full description and application instructions can be found on this website. If you have any questions, please email Ramil Ibrahim at ribrahim AT acumenfund DOT org.

We look forward to receiving your applications!


Announcing a New Investment: SolarNow

Acumen is pleased to announce a $1.4 million investment in SolarNow, a company that sells and finances solar home systems in Uganda. We sat down with Shuaib Siddiqui, Acumen’s Portfolio Director to learn more about the deal and why he’s excited about this innovative company. [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]

Six online courses we’re taking this year

+Acumen’s free online courses are a great way to learn tools that will help you develop both professionally and personally. Whether you are a social entrepreneur who wants to market to your customers or a young professional that wants to strengthen your leadership skills, we are offering six courses this Fall that will help you develop the tools, knowledge, and networks to change the way the world tackles poverty. [Read More]

Four Emerging Leaders Building the Future of Pakistan

With 60% of Pakistan’s population living under less than a dollar a day, the external narrative of Pakistan is characterised by what the country lacks; a lack of security, a lack of women’s rights, a lack of access to education, and the list goes on. What this narrative ignores are the individuals who work tirelessly to plug those gaps. From human rights to education to food security, Acumen Pakistan Fellows are affecting change through organizations committed to tackling poverty. Their work is truly inspiring, promising a hopeful future for Pakistan. Here are four fellows that are building this future for Pakistan and come together periodically to share learning experiences and grow as leaders. Through five seminars, the fellows have strengthened skills of adaptability, communication, empathy and problem solving through listening. If you are committed to creating change in your community, apply now to be an Acumen Pakistan Fellow. The deadline is 29 September. [Read More]

Acumen Partners with AlphaSights to Better Access Global Expertise

In our work investing in social enterprises that deliver critical goods to the poor, there is a substantial amount of work to evaluate each investment opportunity. A critical part of the diligence process, particularly when it comes to emerging markets, is speaking with industry experts who can provide reliable information about sector trends, market dynamics and public policy – all of which affect our evaluation of potential investment opportunities. [Read More]


Our manifesto begins, “it starts by standing with the poor.” Yet for good reasons, the sector has found it challenging to measure which customers are actually being served through social impact investments – getting accurate data on incomes is notoriously difficult and the logistical challenge and cost of conducting surveys in person prohibitive. [Read More]

Questions for Aspiring Leaders

Bavidra Mohan, Acumen’s India Fellows Manager, attended this years Aspen IDEAS festival as a Scholar. The Scholarship program was established to invite guests from around the world to bring a diverse set of experiences, voices and perspectives to the rich conversations that take place at the IDEAS festival each year. [Read More]