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These 7 Acumen Fellows are the Leaders the World Needs Today

July 13, 2018

We’re close to launching applications for the 2019 cohort of Acumen Fellows on August 6! But before we send you to the application page, we would like to introduce you to some of the inspiring Fellows from across the globe. Our community of almost 500 trailblazers represent individuals who are committed to eliminating global poverty and to creating a world where everyone has dignity. The...
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Acumen Expands Its Fellowship Program, Starting with Latin America and West Africa

June 06, 2018

Two new fellowships to launch in Colombia and West Africa Acumen announced today the expansion of its leadership program, which equips extraordinary people from around the world with the capacity to positively transform society. The expansion, kicking off with two new fellowships, will begin in Latin America and West Africa in 2018. Over the last decade, Acumen has been investing in a pipeline of leaders...
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This Entrepreneur is Tackling Kenya's Sanitation Crisis

By Acumen on April 06, 2018

How do you get people to start giving a sh*t about sh*t? That’s the question constantly on the mind of Lindsay Stradley, Co-founder of our investee Sanergy, a social enterprise building sustainable toilets in the slums of East Africa and serving 55,000 residents daily. As Lindsay explains in her newly released TED Talk, addressing the global sanitation crisis starts with first talking about human waste and then building smarter systems designed...
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August 14, 2018

Our next cohort of Acumen Fellows will be the largest and most regionally diverse Fellows to date. That’s because, this year, we’re adding two new Fellowship regions. In addition to East Africa, India, and Pakistan, we’re accepting applications for our new leadership programs in Colombia...
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By Yasmina Zaidman on June 18, 2018

Smallholder farmers, as defined by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are farmers who own small-based plots of land, typically 2 hectares or less, on which they grow subsistence crops and one or two cash crops relying almost exclusively on family labor. According...
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By Steve Ross on April 26, 2018

Acumen’s impact is ultimately about people. Identifying with, standing with, listening to and empowering people.  This impact is delivered with dignity, respect, sincerity and generosity.  And the affects impact everyone involved. Its Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative Partners experienced that firsthand on a trip to East...
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By Malik Sarwar on February 15, 2018

As a long-time partner of Acumen, I thought I knew the organization's work very well, but after a recent trip to Pakistan, I was pleasantly surprised to see the extent of Acumen's impact in the country. My journey started after being invited to attend Acumen's...
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By Leslie Labruto on February 14, 2018

What more capital means for the off-grid energy sector When Acumen set out to invest patient capital in off-grid energy, we believed that high-risk, long-term capital was required to build the market. A decade ago, only a handful of entrepreneurs and investors shared our conviction...
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