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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!


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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]

Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

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10 Books We’re Reading This Summer

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How Acumen Brought Back my Fire

Eda is an East Africa Regional Fellow from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Founder and Director of Halisi Trust, an organization that seeks to challenge the vices that plague society and encourage transformational development in Kenya’s youth. When Eda applied for the East Africa Fellows Program, she felt disillusioned and stuck. Below, Eda discusses how Acumen’s Regional Fellowship Program brought back her fire. Now, Eda has engaged nearly 6,000 people through outreach events and the Mkenya Halisi movement continues to grow. Acumen is currently accepting applications for the next class of East Africa Fellows. APPLY TODAY! [Read More]

Imagining the world as it could be

Christine Gitau is an East Africa Fellow and an enterprise coach at Craft Afrika, which provides business support services to craft entrepreneurs, enabling them build viable and thriving businesses in Kenya. At Acumen we often use the term “Moral Imagination” when talking about leadership. Christine wrote a reflection on how this concept has shifted her thinking. We could not be more proud of what she is building! [Read More]

How two Acumen Fellows are disrupting the education model in India

Whether its running youth soccer programs, providing vocational training services, or transforming the education system in India, Acumen India Fellows are driving real change in their communities.  Abbas Dadla and Abhilasha Sinha are India Fellows who are addressing the teacher shortage in India through the use of technology and peer collaboration. Find out what they are building below.  If you have grit, resilience and a commitment to creating change in your community in India, East Africa or Pakistan, we encourage you to apply for the Regional Fellowship Program! [Read More]

Meet Manjushree Patil, Founder of Aatman Academy

This month saw violent tragedies in Pakistan and Kenya, regions where Acumen works and which five classes of Acumen regional fellows call home. Among them there are dedicated teachers like Acumen India Fellow Manjushree Patil, crusaders against sex trafficking, builders of government, creators of liberating mobile medical technologies, and curators of slum sports programs. The need for strengthening the connections between those who are working for positive change against seemingly impossible odds has never been greater. We at Acumen have never been prouder to be the thread tying together these courageous individuals. Read more about Manjushree and how she is changing her community in India below! [Read More]