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Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Gender Lens Investing: How Finance Can Accelerate Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean
by Leonora Buckland, Mar Cordobés, Stephanie Oueda Cruz and Lauren Murphy

This study is the first piece of detailed research on gender lens investing in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It adds to other regional analyses of gender lens investing emerging in the last few years in Asia and in Europe (authored by the same team as this report at the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation). The specific objectives of the study are to: 1) Describe the opportunity for different gender lens investing strategies in LAC; 2)Highlight key case studies and current activities in LAC; and 3) Offer top-level recommendations for how different players can put gender lens investing into practice. It is not intended to be a comprehensive landscaping of gender lens investing activities in LAC. IDB Invest's hope is that this research helps to catalyze more gender lens investing activities in the region by providing a much-needed starting point and reference for entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem players and corporates to explore and pursue such strategies. They also believe that it will be useful to investors not currently active in the region, but who are looking at global gender lens investing opportunities. Finally, it will help the global gender lens investing movement with a more detailed and synthesized regional overview.

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Tags:  Caribbean  gender  gender inclusion  gender lens investing  impact investing  Latin America 

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Project SAGE 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Project SAGE 2.0: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens
by Suzanne Biegel, Sandra M. Hunt and Sherryl Kuhlman

This report considers the shift in how funds state their use of a gender lens, and what a gender lens means in practice.  What had been a relatively clear criterion for inclusion in the Wharton Social Impact Initiative's study—the explicit and public use of a gender lens in investments—may no longer capture all the funds incorporating meaningful gender lens analysis. “Gender lens” is used quite differently from fund to fund and from investor to investor, and they are eager to add clarity to this important term. They are not making a value judgement regarding funds’ differing definitions of a gender lens; they are emphasizing that clarity and transparency are important. In short, there is an increase in the size of the private equity, venture capital, and private debt gender lens investing field and the diversity of its offerings, but still a lack of uniformity in investment processes and definitions.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  gender  gender lens investing  private equity  venture capital 

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Just Good Investing: Why Gender Matters to Your Portfolio and What You Can Do About It

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 1, 2019
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2019

Just Good Investing: Why Gender Matters to Your Portfolio and What You Can Do About It
by Najada Kumbuli, Leigh Moran and Jenn Pryce

Calvert Impact Capital found two reasons for the lack of action in incorporating gender equity into inclusive impact investing markets: 1.) the business case for incorporating gender in investment decisions needs to be strengthened from a private markets perspective and 2.) investors are confused about how to incorporate gender into their process and analysis. They wrote this report to address these two issues and share practical guidance for creating a gender inclusive investment strategy, learned from evolving their own gender-lens investment approach.

Read full report here. 

Tags:  gender  gender lens investing  impact investing 

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Just Good Investing: Why gender matters to your portfolio and what you can do about it

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 7, 2018
Just Good Investing: Why gender matters to your portfolio and what you can do about it
by Calvert Impact Capital

There is growing evidence and collective understanding that gender equity is good for investment, good for businesses, good for society. However, this understanding still has not translated into widespread action in the investment world, often because investors are unsure how to incorporate gender into their analyses.

To address this, the report conducts an analysis of Calvert Impact Capital's private debt portfolio over the past eleven years examining the relationship between gender diversity at the board and leadership level and financial performance. It reveals a strong relationship between gender diversity in leadership positions (senior management) and financial performance. It also shares practical guidance and tools for creating a gender inclusive investment strategy. Read the full report

Tags:  2018  gender  gender lens investing  impact investing  sector publication 

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Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America

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

Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America
Camelia Ilie, Guillermo Cardoza, Andrés Fernández, Haydee Tejada
INCAE Business School

The results of this research paper show that women perceive greater inequality in opportunities to create companies and face more barriers in accessing resources, mainly financial ones, to develop their enterprises. These barriers have a negative effect on the outcomes and growth prospects of businesses created by women. Indeed, they prevent women, who represent more than 50% of the population, from efficiently contributing to the creation of wealth and jobs in Latin American countries.

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Tags:  2018  Entrepreneurship  gender 

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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. 

Read the Full Report Here

Tags:  2018  gender  mexico  sector publication  SGBs  women 

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Gender Analysis of AgFinance in Ghana and Mozambique

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, November 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017

Gender Analysis of AgFinance in Ghana and Mozambique

By Opportunity International

Opportunity International's (Opportunity's) Agricultural Finance (AgFinance) program helps smallholder farmers increase farm productivity, financial stability, and food security to enhance quality of life. To assess and improve its gender strategy, Opportunity conducted an analysis of its AgFinance program in 2016 with funding from the British Government's Department for International Development 

 

Key Research Findings

  • For Financial Inclusion: 92% of women clients perceive Opportunity as welcoming to women and 81% of women clients say they have more decision-making power in their families because of Opportunity's AgFinance program. Gender barriers arise primarily when Opportunity recruits clients through traditional male-led village structures and farmer groups.
  • For Financial Institutions: To best understand the market potential in serving women with AgFinance, viable market segments must be identified based on factors like location and literacy before segmenting the market by gender. Grasping the diversity of farmers and agri-businesses helps identify the right target market. 

Download the report here.

Tags:  Agriculture  finance  gender  small and growing agrobusiness 

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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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The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing: A Review and a Road Map

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gender matters all the time, whether we're investing in women-led businesses or in companies that market goods to women. It matters in transportation infrastructure, national debt, and in the future of industry. Gender is about so much more than counting women and girls and how they are represented. This report from the Criterion Institute tells the story of gender lens investing over the last five years and draws up a roadmap to the future. Download it here, or from the Criterion Institute site

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Tags:  gender  impact investing  women 

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