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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    ABCs of Affordable Housing in Kenya

    We are living in a world where the majority of people live in cities and 1 billion live in slums, a figure that will double by 2030. Urban populations... [READ MORE]

    We are living in a world where the majority of people live in cities and 1 billion live in slums, a figure that will double by 2030. Urban populations are growing at a rate much faster than can be absorbed and managed, causing demands on services and infrastructure that massively outstrip supply. In many emerging market cities, this leaves the majority of residents with few options but to live in slums.

    Increasing access to high-quality affordable housing has a profound impact, both for the individual and society at large. Yet, housing is a challenging and capital-intensive sector characterized by delays and regulatory difficulties, and as a result, it rarely gains the limelight for impact investors and social entrepreneurs.

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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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    Our Ten-Year Report: 2001-2011

    Acumen Fund’s Ten-Year Report shares our progress, lessons learned through our work, and our plans for the future. (Published: November 2011) [READ MORE]

    Acumen Fund’s Ten-Year Report shares our progress, lessons learned through our work, and our plans for the future. (Published: November 2011)

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