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10 Things We've Learned about Tackling Global Poverty

Acumen | September 2011

CREDIT: Acumen Fund (CC).

In this report, Acumen ranks and explains 10 important lessons the fund has learned while working to tackle global poverty.

1. Dignity is more important to the human spirit than wealth.

2. Neither grants nor markets alone will solve the problems of poverty.

3. Poverty is a description of someone's economic situation, it does not describe who someone is.

4. We won't succeed in the long term without cultivating local leaders, local money, and strong local communities.

5. Great people, every time, no exceptions.

6. Great technology alone is not the answer.

7. If failing is not an option, you've ruled out success as well.

8. Governments rarely invent solutions, but they can scale what works.

9. There is no currency like trust, and there are no shortcuts to earning it.

10. Patient capital investing is built upon a system of values; it is not a series of steps to be followed.

Download: FULL REPORT: 10 Things We've Learned about Tackling Global Poverty (PDF, 843.14 K)

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