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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.

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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.

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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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