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What’s New at Acumen?

  • Acumen welcomed 3 new classes of Regional Fellows in Pakistan, India, and East Africa
  • +Acumen launched its second course on Human Centered Design and its first course on Social Impact (registration is open until May 11th!)

More Recent Highlights

  • Karuna discusses Acumen’s investments in low-income housing space in India on the Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal
  • Global Post and Ideapod feature Jacqueline’s One on One interview about Dignity
  • Sasha wrote “Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop” on Harvard Business Review Blog
  • Acumen made its first investment in Rwanda, investing $1.2million in KZ Noir, a specialty coffee producer.
  • Acumen made a $600,000 investment in Miliki Afya, a clinic chain that serves the poor in Kenya
  • Acumen made its first investment in Ethiopia, investing in Mekelle Farms, Ethiopia’s largest producer of day-old chicks
  • Jacqueline contributed to a series on “How to Thrive” on Huffington Post
  • Forbes journalist Denise Restauri interviewed 3 of the 2013 Global Fellows to answer the question “How do we lead with dignity?” in The 9 Keys to Leading with Dignity
  • Jacqueline talks about the marriage of love & power in Origin Magazine

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Edubridge: Bridging the Skills Gap in Rural India

India’s demographic dividend is widely acknowledged as a strength that sets it apart from other emerging economies. One million young men and women enter the workforce every month, which will add up to an astounding 240 million over the next twenty years.  Rural youth make up two thirds of India’s population and are a major segment of these job seekers. At the same time, fast growing companies in retail, IT, BPO, banking and financial services struggle with finding employable staff, especially in rural areas.  Research shows that only 5-40% of the staff in such companies has undergone formal training. [Read More]

New Study By Acumen and Bain & Company Unveils How To Scale Adoption Of Agricultural Innovations

Acumen and Bain & Company today released Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models® to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations—a new report to help entrepreneurial companies, and others, unlock the potential of smallholder farmers through large-scale adoption of agricultural innovations and inputs. The report’s insights and findings—which are the result of interviews with more than 300 smallholder farmers, sector experts and pioneer firm management—demonstrate the transformative power of providing smallholder farmers with the right access to the right innovations at the right time. In parallel, the report addresses why very few pioneer firms have been able to achieve the scale needed to provide smallholder farmers with access to agricultural products and services that have the potential to increase their yields and pull them out of poverty. [Read More]

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]

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]