A view from a Pakistani social entrepreneur - Acumen

A view from a Pakistani social entrepreneur

By Jacqueline Novogratz on December 18, 2005

Tasneem1.jpgOur housing entrepreneur, Tasneem Siddiqui, recently wrote this article in Pakistan Dawn. Tasneem is right not only about Pakistan but about the whole world — people are tired of waiting for governments to do things and are taking solutions into their own hands. Acumen Fund exists to identify, support, strengthen and highlight these initiatives which are driven by private citizens and companies for the most part. It is why we don’t focus first on policy, look warily at “pilot projects” and must have a good reason to go to conferences that move from theory and not what is happening on the ground. What the world needs now are concrete examples of real people doing real enterprises that bring scalable solutions to the poor – and that see the poor as consumers and not as passive recipients of charity.

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