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Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health: Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

Posted By Kara Gordon, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Impact Investment Landscape for Women's Health Spotlight on Colombia & Peru

By Linked Foundation and William Davidson Institute (WDI)

Investing in women’s health is a critical component of women’s economic and social development. However, while country economies and health systems have advanced, under-served women in Latin America have not necessarily obtained access to critical healthcare services and products. This report provides a landscape for impact investment women’s health focused in Colombia and Peru in order to catalyze impact investment interest and capital to the most-needed areas of women’s health in Latin America. More specifically, it identifies gaps in service provision, areas of opportunity for investment, pipeline opportunities, and examples of impact-forward, sustainability-oriented women’s health programs.

Read the full report here. 

 

Tags:  health  impact investment  latin america  sector publication  wome  women 

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IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 18, 2019

IFC & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Investing in Women’s Business Growth
By IFC and Goldman Sachs

In 2014, IFC Banking on Women and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women founded the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF) which was created to support women SMEs and entrepreneurs in developing countries.  Please read this progress report to learn more about WEOF, their achievements to date, and what WEOF has planned for the future.

Read the full report here.

Tags:  Access to Finance  finance  sector publication  smes  women 

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USAID Invest Close-Up: Catalyzing Private Investment for Women's Economic Empowerment

Posted By Lauren Weiner, Aspen Institute, Friday, November 1, 2019

USAID Invest Close-Up: Catalyzing Private Investment for Women's Economic Empowerment
By ANDE

When women are economically empowered, they invest in their businesses, families, and communities, producing a multiplier effect that spurs economic growth.  Unfortunately, pervasive gender gaps and lack of access to financial services often block women from the tools and resources that they need for their families and businesses to thrive. This close-up provides background on USAID and Women's World Banking's partnership and the creation of WWBCP II. It explores the potential of using blended finance, digital financial inclusion, and the process and implications of an international development institution engaging the private sector in a new way.

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Tags:  ector publication  emerging markets  ender inclusion  gender inclusion  merging markets  private sector development  rivate Sector  sector publication  women 

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Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America
by Value for Women

This report - a first of its kind focused on Latin America - summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America, primarily members of the ANDE network as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. The focus on the impact investing sector is important because gender equality should be front and center for Impact Investors seeking to achieve financial and social returns on their investments. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  impact investing  latin america  women 

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Women, Business, and the Law 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Women, Business, and the Law 2018
World Bank Group

In its 5th edition, Women, Business and the Law introduces scoring to better inform the reform agenda. The report tracks progress made over the past two years and identifies opportunities to ensure economic empowerment for all.

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Tags:  2018  gender inclusion  women 

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Understanding How to Unleash the Untapped Potential of Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This report was written by Value for Women (VFW) in collaboration with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (“The Foundation”) as part of its Road to Women’s Business Growth initiative in Mexico, supported by the ExxonMobil Foundation

It summarizes a more comprehensive assessment undertaken in 2017 which examined the characteristics of women-led, small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Mexico. Aimed at understanding Mexico’s current entrepreneurial ecosystem and the financial and non-financial barriers facing female entrepreneurs, the assessment offered recommendations for how different actors can support women entrepreneurs. It informed the design of the Road to Women’s Business Growth project in Mexico, which uses a blended learning approach (a combination of face-to-face and online training and business development support) to support women SGB owners to become successful entrepreneurs. 

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Tags:  2018  gender  mexico  sector publication  SGBs  women 

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Dapivirine Ring

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

dapivirine ring: the case for action

By FSG

The monthly dapivirine ring, the first discrete, long-acting, HIV prevention product designed specifically for women, will soon be on the market.* Women account for over half of adult HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa, but have few HIV prevention options that they can control. This new product is critical to empower women to protect themselves and to make progress towards the elimination of HIV.

Developed with the OPTIONS Consortium, a five-year USAID and PEPFAR initiative, and the International Partnership for Microbicides, this report is for national governments, donors, implementers, and advocates who are planning for the launch of the monthly dapivirine ring.

*Pending approval by regulatory authorities.

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Tags:  health  Women 

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Impact Report: Global Expansion

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 16, 2017

Impact Report: Global expansion

By Street Business School 

Three years ago, we set out to test whether the incredible business training program we developed for women making beads could create transformation far beyond the borders of Uganda. The idea was simple. Let's share our proven model with other organizations, who are already experts on the needs of their local communities, and help them maximize their impact rather than reinventing the wheel. We started in January 2014 and completed phase I of this journey on June 30 of this year.

Check out our Milestones to celebrate, as what we have accomplished has far outstripped our expectations. As you read this, Street Business School is being taught in ve countries across East Africa with the potential of two more in the near future. The 19 partner groups we have trained will help more than 6,000 women and almost 37,000 children out of poverty. Forever. 

Download the report here.

Tags:  East Africa  impact evaluation  poverty  social enterprise  women 

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Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

by Babson College and The Coca-Cola Company

This report provides an overview of The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 initiative, starting with its multi-dimensional contextual setting: the extensive focus on gender equality shared by governments, NGOs and private enterprise, and Coca-Cola’s commitment to and investment in a broad array of initiatives focused on economic development, sustainability, and social goals. The report then describes eight programs from six value chain sectors: Producers, Suppliers, Distributors, Retailers, Recyclers and Artisans, and it concludes with a review of 5by20’s efforts to measure the impact of the initiative, a summary of key elements that contribute to successful scaling, and lessons learned. 

Download the case study here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  INGOs  Private Sector  Scale  scaling program  sector publication  sustainability  women 

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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field Volume II

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 21, 2016

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
August 2015

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

In this brief, we respond to questions about gender and entrepreneurship from The Unreasonable Institute: Do new ventures with women on their founding teams outperform their peers? And if a team has more women in roles of leadership, or they more or less likely to raise equity?

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  GALI  gender  women 

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