We won't succeed alone, which is why we share ideas that empower others to make change.

We are taking the very best ideas, distilled from more than a decade of investing in companies and leaders, and synthesizing and sharing them globally, so others can accelerate their impact. We know we don’t have all the answers, but hope what we share can push us to keep asking the right questions.

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    10 Things We've Learned About Tackling Global Poverty

    September 2011 Nothing about this work is easy. We are proud of our accomplishments over our first ten years, but we’ve learned... [READ MORE]

    September 2011 Nothing about this work is easy. We are proud of our accomplishments over our first ten years, but we’ve learned at least as much from our struggles along the way. While we know we don’t have all the answers, there are some important truths we have discovered in doing this work. These ten truths will guide our work in the next decade and beyond.

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    Women and Social Enterprises: How Gender Integration Can Boost Entrepreneurial Solutions to Poverty

    Our new report written with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) [READ MORE]

    Our new report written with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and produced in partnership with the Cartier Charitable Foundation, reveals findings from several case studies from Acumen’s portfolio of investments, which demonstrate how social enterprises are engaging and impacting women and where they fall short. The report also contains a new framework that outlines the ways in which gender can influence key business decisions.

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    Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models® to Scale the Adoption of agriculture innovations

    Our new report, written in conjunction with Bain & Company, and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, unveils what is... [READ MORE]

    Our new report, written in conjunction with Bain & Company, and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, unveils what is needed to truly scale agricultural innovations to reach millions of smallholder farmers.

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    Ziqitza Health Care Limited

    December 2011 Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs Shabdha Chigurupati, Eric Jones, and Angela Ramirez This case... [READ MORE]

    December 2011 Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

    Shabdha Chigurupati, Eric Jones, and Angela Ramirez

    This case study on Ziqitza Healthcare Limited is one of a series of case studies produced by the Yale undergraduate class members of Social Enterprise in Developing Economies, a seminar designed to study current trends in development opportunities using business models toward building sustainable enterprises addressing the needs of some of the poorest members of society.

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    Jacqueline at TED - A third way to think about aid

    June 2009 The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust "charity" against those who mistrust reliance on the markets.... [READ MORE]

    Jacqueline at TED - A third way to think about aid

    June 2009 The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust “charity” against those who mistrust reliance on the markets. Jacqueline Novogratz proposes a middle way she calls patient capital, with promising examples of entrepreneurial innovation driving social change.

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    Innovations in Impact Measurement

    Lessons using mobile technology from Acumen’s Lean Data Initiative and Root Capital’s Client-Centric Mobile Measurement. [READ MORE]

    Lessons using mobile technology from Acumen’s Lean Data Initiative and Root Capital’s Client-Centric Mobile Measurement.

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    Social Enterprises and Global Corporations Collaborating for Growth With Impact

    Our new report, written in conjunction with Business Fights Poverty, reveals the diversity of corporate and social enterprise partnerships... [READ MORE]

    Our new report, written in conjunction with Business Fights Poverty, reveals the diversity of corporate and social enterprise partnerships that are emerging, the ways that different business drivers are influencing partnerships, and the kinds of challenges that are common.

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    Poverty Profile of Ziqitza's Clients

    August 2014 A report commissioned by Acumen to understand the poverty profile of ZHL’s clients in the states of Odisha (formerly... [READ MORE]

    August 2014 A report commissioned by Acumen to understand the poverty profile of ZHL’s clients in the states of Odisha
    (formerly Orissa) and Punjab using the Progress out of
    Poverty Index® in a call centre setting.

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    Sproxil Case Study: Saving Lives with Technology

    March 2013 William Davidson Institute at University of Michigan Dr. Prashant Yadav In 2010, Sproxil began making revenue,... [READ MORE]

    March 2013 William Davidson Institute at University of Michigan Dr. Prashant Yadav

    In 2010, Sproxil began making revenue, but then had to find sources of commercial investment to build the Sproxil brand and keep it sustainable.

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    Behind the Manifesto

    April 18, 2013 Go behind the Acumen Manifesto to understand what it really means to stand with the poor and change the way the... [READ MORE]

    Behind the Manifesto

    April 18, 2013 Go behind the Acumen Manifesto to understand what it really means to stand with the poor and change the way the world is tackling poverty.