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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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    From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing

    April 2012 From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing is a new study by Monitor Group, in collaboration... [READ MORE]

    April 2012 From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing is a new study by Monitor Group, in collaboration with Acumen Fund, on the role of philanthropy in impact investing. From Blueprint to Scale is based on Monitor’s deep expertise, 60+ expert interviews and 10+ years of Acumen Fund data; it shows how grants are needed to bridge the gap when developing new business models that serve low income customers.

    The authors paint a clear picture:  impact capital alone will not unlock the potential of impact investing. Because of the extreme challenges facing those who are pioneering new models for inclusive business, truly realizing the impact in impact investing will require more, not less, philanthropy, and will need that philanthropic support to be delivered in new ways.

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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. 

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    JS Bank and Acumen launch Pakistan Fellows Program

    Acumen, in partnership with JS Bank, the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, launched the Pakistan... [READ MORE]

    Acumen, in partnership with JS Bank, the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, launched the Pakistan Regional Fellows Program in 2013 to develop the next generation of social change leaders for Pakistan.

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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. Learn more.

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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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    The Acumen Manifesto

    It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices unheard, and recognizing potential where others see despair. It demands investing... [READ MORE]

    The Acumen Manifesto

    It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices unheard,
    and recognizing potential where others see despair.

    It demands investing as a means, not an end, daring to go
    where markets have failed and aid has fallen short. It makes
    capital work for us, not control us.

    It thrives on moral imagination: the humility to see the world
    as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be.
    It’s having the ambition to learn at the edge, the wisdom to
    admit failure, and the courage to start again.

    It requires patience and kindness, resilience and grit: a
    hard-edged hope. It’s leadership that rejects complacency,
    breaks through bureaucracy, and challenges corruption.
    Doing what’s right, not what’s easy.

    Acumen: it’s the radical idea of creating hope in a cynical
    world. Changing the way the world tackles poverty and
    building a world based on dignity.

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    Firing Up Dreams - Avani Bio Energy

    December 1, 2012 Acumen's investment in Avani Bio Energy, which converts hazardous pine needles into electricity, is  featured... [READ MORE]

    December 1, 2012 Acumen’s investment in Avani Bio Energy, which converts hazardous pine needles into electricity, is  featured in BusinessWorld India. Check out how Avani reduces the risk of forest fires while providing renewable energy and a new income source for people in rural India.