Page Header Page Header

Single Accredited Entity Single Accredited Entity

Nominated by:
  • Kenya


Acumen Fund, Inc.
Headquartered in: United States of America
76 Ninth Avenue, Suite 315
New York 10011 Tel: +1 (212) 566-8821 Fax: +1 (212) 566-8817
The Acumen Fund, Inc. is an impact investment fund with almost 15 years’ experience in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that serve low-income communities in developing countries primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Acumen has a successful track record in sourcing and executing equity investment opportunities in the clean energy, agriculture and health-care sectors, which provide environmental and livelihood impacts. The results of its activities overlap with the results areas and impacts of the GCF in the areas of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from energy efficient products (appliances); improvements in the livelihoods of vulnerable populations through the provision of improved agricultural inputs, services and information; and increased access to health-care products and services that treat diseases and conditions related to the negative effects of climate change and emissions from polluting fuels. The activities of Acumen, for example, include the distribution of: solar lanterns, solar home systems, smoke-free cook stoves (energy) and formal financial services, such as providing home improvement micro loans for low-income women and families in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Leveraging its well-established track record investing in companies via equity and loan instruments, Acumen sought accreditation to the GCF as an opportunity to further assist more people in the low-income communities in which it operates.

entity profile

  • Entity Type:
    • direct (national)
    • direct (regional)
    • international
  • Size:
    • micro
    • small
    • medium
    • large
  • Fiduciary Standards:
    • basic
    • project mgt
    • grant award
    • on-lending/blending
      Loans , Equity
  • Environmental and Social Risk Category:
    • Category C
    • Category B
    • Category A


Primary Contact
Ms. Lynn Roland General Counsel
  • Tel +1 646 747 3955
  • Email
Secondary Contact
Mr. Alexander Healey Portfolio Associate
  • Tel +1 646 747 3855
  • Email
Document title
Published date
Gender action plan FP078 - Acumen - Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda 23 May 2018
Gender assessment FP078 - Acumen - Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda 22 May 2018
Approved funding proposal FP078 - Acumen Fund, Inc - Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda 27 Mar 2018
Approved funding proposal FP005 - Acumen - Kenya and Rwanda 22 Mar 2017
Acumen - GCF Board Decision on Accreditation - B.09 29 Jul 2016
Accredited Entity nomination Acumen - Kenya 21 Jun 2016
Accreditation Master Agreement Acumen 10 Jun 2016
^ Back to top