One Acre Fund personnel on the mix of ‘the bottom line’ and donation-based funding

One Acre Fund personnel on the mix of ‘the bottom line’ and donation-based funding

This blog post in Harvard Business Review describes the way the people at One Acre Fund view market-based feedback, fiscal responsibility, and donation practices. It is acknowledged that the inputs outside the normal market are necessary to help overcome the obstacles facing the impoverished farmers the organization services, but that market principles help the fund both grow in scale and develop in efficiency through a process of charging farmers for their ‘market bundle’. I think this kind of multilateral ‘fundraising’ (if it can be rightfully called such) from interested donors and invested target population is one of the most interesting characteristics of this organization. While this is being applied by this organization for local farming families, it would not be unreasonable to assume it could be applied (with contextual alterations) to other types of social-welfare projects. 

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