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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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    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...
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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...
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    Investing to fight poverty

    January 6, 2009 Investing to fight poverty By NICHOLAS KRISTOF One of the most interesting innovators in aid and development...
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    Unleashing the potential of impact investing

    November 29, 2012 The recent devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy acts as an acute reminder of the importance of critical...