Acumen: Gender lens on social enterprises

Article by Acumen Since 2001, Acumen has invested in companies that serve some of the world’s poorest customers. We have seen firsthand the positive change that comes from leaders and entrepreneurs who challenge the status quo. We have also seen, through our portfolio of social enterprises, the tangible rewards a company gains when they integrate […]

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infant mortality rate in Pakistan

Report Highlights High Infant Mortality in Pakistan

Earlier this month, The Express Tribune with the International New York Times published an article titled “State of Children: Pakistani child mortality rates nearly twice as high as India’s” which highlighted a recent United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report showing that one in every 14 Pakistani children die before their first birthday, and one in […]

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The Kids Aren’t All Right

A very informative organization called has put together a great interactive infographic entitled “The Kids Aren’t All Right.” If you go to and click on the “Girls Enrolled in School” tab on the right, you’ll see something that looks like this: But don’t just read about it here; go to and see for yourself how disheartening […]

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Teach a Man to Fish

The Marshall Direct Fund is excited to announce our partnership with Teach a Man to Fish, a NGO focused on supporting education initiatives across the developing world. Founded in London in 2006, Teach a Man to Fish began by funding innovative projects that share its mission of financially sustainable education to reduce poverty and unemployment, […]

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MDF Board Member wins Human Rights Award

MDF Board Member wins Human Rights Award Congratulations Shehrbano Pakistani journalist and daughter of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, Shehrbano Taseer, received a Human Rights Award during an annual award dinner in New York City on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Human Rights First honored Shehrbano “for her courage in carrying out her father’s legacy of […]

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