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More than two billion people around the world lack access to basic goods and services—from clean water and electricity to education and the freedom to participate in the economy. While this is predominantly the reality in the Global South, inequality and poverty has also been affecting a growing number of people in industrialised countries where stagnant working class wages, austerity policies and deindustrialisation deepen the divide in societies. 

Change is happening on the frontlines of poverty and inequality

On the positive side, more and more people challenge the status quo of appalling inequality. Their vision is a world based on dignity, where every human being has the same opportunity. 

We want to highlight individuals and their relentless work to tackle inequality and poverty by building viable and lasting solutions. We call them change makers.

We are collaborating with individuals as well as organisations which support change makers and those fighting on the front lines of the world's most pressing issues. 

Our first collaboration starts with the Acumen, a global community which changes the way the world tackles poverty. The Programme Lead of Acumen Academy UK, Benjamin Lane, said: "We believe that the world today needs a new kind of leader – one who is willing to step up, challenge the status quo and bridge our divides." To achieve this, Acumen Academy has begun its UK-based fellowship programme in 2020. 

Our series wants to provide insights into the mission and work of change makers so we can learn from them, support them or gain the motivation to make positive change happen through our own engagements.