Hundreds of NGOs exist in East Africa, and millions of dollars in foreign assistance reach the region each year, yet many are still living in poverty. 75% of East Africa’s population lives in rural areas, most of whom are smallholder farmers living on less than $2 per day. In urban areas, 60% of the population live in slums and lack basic services like water, sanitation, and electricity.
The next phase of development in East Africa must take a drastically different direction, a direction guided by a new generation of East African leaders who are willing to challenge broken systems, who possess an unwavering moral compass, and who can see opportunity where others see only challenges. Acumen’s East Africa Fellows Program is providing the opportunity for emerging leaders to receive world-class training and collaborate with like-minded individuals so that they can be the change that East Africa needs.