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Acumen invests $876,000 USD in Acceso Colombia, a local agribusiness focused on improving incomes of smallholder farmers through end-to-end value chain support and secure market linkages

Posted By Alethia Kang, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Acumen announced today an $876,000 USD investment in Acceso Oferta Local – Productos de Colombia (“Acceso Colombia”). Based in Colombia, Acceso Colombia works with smallholder farmers in the Andean and Caribbean regions to source fruits and vegetables and sell to national retailers and food service companies including Grupo Éxito, Jeronimo Martins, Olímpica, and Sodexo. This is the fifth investment for the Investing for Peace Fund, a joint effort between Acumen and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote private investment in social enterprises to catalyze economic growth in Colombia’s conflict-affected regions.

Acceso Colombia aims to improve farmers’ incomes and lift them out of poverty through establishing secure, consistent markets for their products. Among Acceso Colombia’s network are farmers who are displaced or victims of conflict, Afro-Colombians, and women. Acceso Colombia provides technical assistance to farmers; purchases their products at fair prices; operates multiple warehouses for product storage and processing; and plans and manages all logistics routes for deliveries to its clients. Acceso Colombia also supported the implementation of several community processing centers to provide livelihood opportunities to local communities including farmers’ wives, single mothers who are heads of household, and unemployed youth. These processing centers are run and owned by the community. Services provided include washing, processing, and packaging of products. Being market-driven, Acceso Colombia provides its clients with quality assurance and sustainably sourced local products, contributing to local economic development. Acceso Colombia has positively impacted more than 1,200 farmers to date and purchased over 12 million pounds of produce in 2018.

Acceso Colombia was established in 2015 by the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, that builds social agribusinesses to bring entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty. CGEPbuilds from scratch, invests start-up capital, and manages agribusinesses that work with smallholder farmers. In the last five years, CGEP has built businesses in Colombia, El Salvador, and Haiti and is currently exploring replication in several new geographies. CGEP will be bringing to the market several additional high impact investment opportunities over the next few years. Acceso Colombia’s early investors were CGEP and Fundación Carlos Slim, who were interested in testing a pioneering agribusiness approach to poverty alleviation for smallholder farmers.

Colombia has made considerable strides in reducing poverty and extreme poverty; however, there remains a persistent gap between urban and rural areas As recently as 2017, census research has demonstrated that 36 percent of Colombians in rural areas are still living in poverty, with the extreme poverty rate in rural areas nearly four times that of urban areas. Smallholder farmers in rural areas face challenges in accessing adequate tools and quality inputs like seeds to improve their yields and crop quality. They also have limitations in accessing secure markets due to working capital constraints, lack of information about formal markets, and many levels of intermediation with little value being returned to them. Acceso Colombia first secures purchase agreements with buyers that provides for favorable prices to farmers; it is then able to purchase farmers’ produce at fair prices. Acceso Colombia’s model showcases an innovative, end-to-end approach to delivering value to smallholder farmers that can be replicated in other geographies.

“Acceso Colombia’s is playing a critical role in building local value chains and connecting rural Colombia with strong, national markets. It is positively improving the incomes of farmers as well as surrounding communities in a sustainable way. Acumen is proud to support Acceso Colombia,” said Virgilio Barco, Acumen’s Latin America Director.

“We are excited for Acceso Colombia’s new partnership with Acumen. Acumen shares our goal of transforming value chains with smallholder farmers using a sustainable, market-based model, and we look forward to growing the business and its impact together,” said James Jenkin, CEO of CGEP.

“We are pleased about Acumen’s investment in one of our first agribusinesses. Our ability to attract investment capital confirms that our unique model works and is the final step in achieving proof of concept after years of testing and building. Building agribusinesses not only creates social impact but is a sustainable, scalable, and replicable solution for smallholder farmers,” said Frank Giustra, co-founder of CGEP.

The Investing for Peace Fund directs capital and debt investments through Acumen into early-stage companies that demonstrate the capacity to have widespread impact on the country’s marginalized, poor rural populations. This investment will be used to support Acceso Colombia’s growth, through investment in working capital, driving increased scale, and improving operational efficiency to build a robust platform for long-term sustainable growth. This will be the basis for extending its operations into post-conflict regions in the future.

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About Acumen

Acumen is an impact investment fund with a vision to help build a world beyond poverty through investing in companies that deliver critical goods and services in health, energy, agriculture, and education. Acumen has invested more than $110 million of patient capital in more than 110 mission-driven businesses in South Asia, East Africa, West Africa, and Latin America, that have collectively served more than 250 million customers. Acumen has teams on the ground in India, Pakistan, Kenya, Ghana, Colombia, London, San Francisco, and New York, and aims to build strong local structures that are deeply interconnected, with shared goals and values.

About Acceso Colombia

Acceso Colombia works with smallholder farmers in the Andean and Caribbean regions to source fruits and vegetables and sell to national retailers and food service companies including Grupo Éxito, Jeronimo Martins, Olímpica, and Sodexo. Acceso Colombia provides technical assistance; purchases farmers’ products at fair prices; operates multiple warehouses for product storage and processing; and plans and manages all logistics routes for deliveries to its clients. Acceso Colombia has worked with more than 1,200 farmers to date.

About the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP)

CGEP is a social business builder that brings entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty. CGEP builds from scratch, invests start-up capital, and manages agribusinesses that work with smallholder farmers and fishers. CGEP improves the livelihoods of farmers and farming communities by improving agricultural productivity, creating job opportunities, and facilitating long-term market linkages. CGEP has impacted more than 13,000 farmers and farm workers directly, and more than 33,000 people including their families.

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AV Ventures' Investments Catalyze Ghana Poultry Industry

Posted By Heather Bateman, ACDI/VOCA, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

AV Ventures is pleased to announce two new investments in Ghana: G. I. Nyame Aye Awie Ampa Limited (GINAAAL) and Golden Link Savings and Loans Limited. AV Ventures, a subsidiary of ACDI/VOCA, is an impact investor providing mezzanine and revenue-based debt to small and growing businesses (SGBs) in developing countries. AV Ventures promotes markets in which business owners, smallholder farmers, and communities are empowered to succeed in the global economy. 

AV Ventures has partnered with the ongoing USDA-funded Ghana Poultry Project, implemented by ACDI/VOCA, and collaborates closely on pre- and post-investment support, poultry market systems development, and fostering other private and public local partnerships.

New Investments, Expanded Impact

The first of AV Ventures’ new investments is GINAAAL, a commercial poultry farm producing eggs for the Ghanaian market. Urbanization, rising per-capita income, and an increasing population are driving significant increases in the demand for chicken meat and table eggs in Ghana where demand outpaces domestic supply—creating opportunities for local poultry farms to expand and fill this gap. AV Ventures’ investment will allow GINAAAL to increase its capacity by bringing an estimated 7 million more eggs to market annually. The investment is also expected to generate greater economic and social impact through:

-  Increasing employment by an estimated 20 percent
-  Improving incomes of its egg retailer network, over 90 percent of whom are women
-  Providing access to markets for over 900 smallholder soy and maize farmers in Ghana, from whom GINAAAL sources its feed ingredients

Further, AV Ventures’ revenue-based financing helps to pioneer a new approach to SME finance: by sharing risk with the entrepreneur and tying repayments to success of the company’s future sales, while allowing the entrepreneur to retain full ownership.

“AV Ventures sees enormous potential for agriculture sector growth in Ghana, particularly in its growing poultry industry. Given its importance in rural Ghana, there is huge potential to catalyze inclusive growth by investing in this sector,” said Geoffrey Chalmers, Managing Director of AV Ventures LLC. 

Golden Link Savings and Loans, AV Ventures’ second new investment, is licensed by the Bank of Ghana as a specialized deposit-taking institution, offering savings, loans, checking, deposit, mobile banking, and remittance services to its customers – many of whom operate in the informal economy. Golden Link has developed loan products specifically for poultry value chain businesses. AV Ventures’ investment creates an on-lending facility for Golden Link to significantly expand its poultry loan portfolio, thereby improving access to finance to smallholder poultry farmers, informal entrepreneurs, and micro-enterprises in Ghana’s poultry value chain. Providing the financing in local currency allows Golden Link to expand without foreign currency risk.

“[AV Ventures’] support is already acting as a catalyst for our growth to the next level,” stated Dr. Emmanuel Owusu, Managing Director of Golden Link.

More About AV Ventures

As a subsidiary of ACDI/VOCA, AV Ventures leverages ACDI/VOCA’s broad platform of expertise and services, including:

-  A global network of 1,200+ staff implementing market systems development programming in 20+ countries
-  Technical expertise in agriculture, financial services, business growth, gender, youth, and more
-  Strong partnerships with local governments, funders, local communities & customer bases, and other international and local private companies
-  Pre- and post-investment advisory support, drawing from our global networks

AV Ventures and ACDI/VOCA are proud members of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), Convergence, the INGOs in Impact Investing Network, and the USAID INVEST Network

For more details about AV Ventures or these recent investments, please contact Geoffrey Chalmers, Managing Director for AV Ventures, at gchalmers@av-ventures.com

Tags:  Africa  Agriculture  entrepreneurship  finance  impact investing  impact investment  innovative finance  NGOs  SGBs; small and growing businesses impact investin  smallholder farmers  smes  West Africa 

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Your views count - Please complete the SGB Financing survey

Posted By Ian Sayers, International Trade Centre, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

This 10-minute survey, undertaken jointly with ADB, CBI and PTI collects information on which aspects of SGB short-term financing are most useful or problematic and have the greatest impact on your business.

 

 It examines the types of financing most often used and required by SGBs, the challenges businesses face and the alternative financing that is available if trade and supply chain financing is not.  

 

The survey is anonymous and gender disaggregated and can be completed in one of six languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The 2019 report will be shared with ANDE Network members. I have attached the 2017 Report Brief as a reference. Thank you all for your help.

https://adbtf2019companysurvey.questionpro.com

 


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Tags:  Access to Finance  Private sector development  SGBs 

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INVITATION TO JOIN THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION'S POLL ON THE WORLD’S BEST COUNTRIES FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

Posted By Flavie Fuentes, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Thursday, May 23, 2019
Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s CSR Made for Good social enterprise program, has launched the global survey to identify the best countries for this growing sector as well as the emerging hotspots. Asking social entrepreneurs and sector experts in the world’s 40 biggest economies, the poll aims to identify the best countries for this growing sector as well as the emerging hotspots.  Here is a link to the survey - https://surveys.trust.org/s3/Social-Entrepreneurs-perception-survey-2019

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Upaya Social Ventures Selects 11 Social Enterprises for its 2019 Livelihoods Accelerator Cohort

Posted By Heather Soehn, Upaya Social Ventures, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Seattle, WA – May 22, 2019

Upaya Social Ventures, a nonprofit organization that invests in social enterprises that create jobs for the extreme poor, today announced the 11 companies that have been selected for its third accelerator program. All 11 social enterprises show the potential to create jobs at scale for the extreme poor in India.

The 11 participating companies represent cities across India and operate in a diverse range of industries from rural manufacturing to tourism. The selection process was aimed at identifying enterprises with the potential to create jobs, or significantly increase income, for 1,000 people in three years who are currently living on less than $1.90 per day.

“This is the third accelerator cohort that Upaya has selected in India,” Says Kate Cochran, CEO of Upaya. “For the 2019 cohort, we opened applications to a wide range of companies as long as they could demonstrate job creation potential for the poor. The diverse companies we selected are inspiring evidence that social entrepreneurs are a powerful ally in fighting poverty.”

The entrepreneurs will take part in Upaya’s four-month accelerator program that includes three three-day workshops centered around finance, impact management and communication, and organizational development. The program also includes one-on-one mentoring and exposure to investors and industry experts.

"This is the most diverse set of enterprises and entrepreneurs we have had at Upaya's Accelerator program,” said Amit Antony Alex, Upaya’s India Country Director. “We believe there is going to be a lot of peer learning along with the support provided as part of the accelerator program."

The 2019 cohort was selected from a competitive pool of 195 applications by a committee of impact investing, impact management, and social sector experts. To date, 19 social enterprises have graduated from Upaya’s accelerator program, and four have received Upaya investment. At the end of the 2019 program, Upaya expects to select between one and three enterprises from the cohort to add to its investment portfolio.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this Upaya cohort,” said Vasanthi Veluri, co-founder of Almora Craft Design Studio, one of the participating companies. “We look forward to learning about various diverse business practices, and [refining] ours based on this understanding. Also, we wish to share and get feedback on our work from a business perspective from investors and mentors to create better livelihood opportunities for our women artisans.”

A complete list of the participating companies includes:

ABOUT UPAYA SOCIAL VENTURES

Upaya Social Ventures (Upaya) creates dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor by building scalable businesses with investment and consulting support. Since 2011, Upaya has supported 16 small and growing businesses in India with investments and expertise, and those partner companies have created more than 12,000 lasting, dignified jobs. With offices in Seattle, Washington and Bangalore, India, Upaya is committed to a goal of helping its partners create employment opportunities in the world’s most difficult-to-reach regions and industries. Please visit www.upayasv.org for more information. 

Tags:  accelerators  accelerators; social entrepreneurship; social impa  business training  capacity development  early stage ecosystem  India  mentoring  smes  social impact 

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Spread the Word: Stanford Seed is Seeking Applicants in Africa & India

Posted By Kendra Gladych, Stanford University, Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Stanford Seed is looking for high-potential CEOs or founders of companies and market-driven social enterprises based in Africa, India and Sri Lanka who are motivated for growth.

The Seed Transformation Program is an unconventional, high-touch learning experience that partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.

The application deadline is 15 June 2019.

Learn more about the program and access the application here.

Know someone who might be interested? Help us spread the word! Visit this online toolkit for easy ways to share the program with your network.

Tags:  Africa  Agribusiness  Agriculture  ANDE Africa  Business  digital economy  east africa  education  emerging market  emerging markets  energy  entrepreneurship  Fintech  High-Growth Entrepreneurship  India  India; ANDE members  Kenya  leadership  Liberia  professional development  Rwanda  Scale  scaling  smes  social enterprise  Social entrepreneurship  social impact  South Africa  Tanzania  Training  Uganda  West Africa  Women 

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BiD NETWORK IMPACT INVESTMENT TRIP 2019

Posted By Fisha Katugugu, BiD Network, Monday, May 6, 2019
Updated: Monday, May 6, 2019

 

For the fourth time, BiD Network organised an Impact Investment Trip to Rwanda & Uganda. Take a look at what went on when a group of Angel Investors visited some of our portfolio companies in East Africa, from 10 - 16 March.

This year's trip offered angel investors:

  • A unique opportunity to personally meet Rwandan & Ugandan entrepreneurs
  • Insights in impact investing in Rwanda & Uganda
  • Potential to co-invest with a group of like-minded investors
  • An opportunity to create a positive impact together with financial return

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Tags:  East Africa  event  impact investment  investors 

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Climate change litigation and event attribution - a panel discussion hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation - April 24th - NYC

Posted By Flavie Fuentes, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Friday, April 12, 2019

The Thomson Reuters Foundation invites you to a panel discussion on the role of event attribution science in climate litigation.

“Event attribution” is a ground-breaking new field of study that determines what proportion of a specific extreme weather event can be blamed on climate change.

Experts suggest that it could play a major role in climate change litigation, which in turn could reshape climate mitigation and adaptation policies globally.

Join us on April 24th, and hear leading experts in the sector share their insights on how this cutting-edge science could hold businesses and governments accountable – and drive climate-related lawsuits.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception.

Speakers:

  • Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University
  • Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
  • Julie Arrighi, Climate Advisor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
  • Peter Frumhoff, Director of Science and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Lindene Patton, Partner, Earth and Water Law Group
  • Moderator: Sebastien Malo, Climate Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation

 

Date and time:

 Wed, April 24, 2019

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

 

Location:

 

Dentons

1221 6th Avenue

New York, NY 10020

 

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-are-the-legal-ramifications-of-event-attribution-tickets-59534027880

Tags:  Climate change  Climate litigation  event attribution 

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Accion invests in CÍVICO to accelerate access to innovative financial services in Latin America

Posted By Lisa Johnson, Accion, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bogotá, Colombia, April 3, 2019 — Global nonprofit Accion announced today an investment in Latin American digital platform CÍVICO. The funds will help CÍVICO invest in technology and analytics, expand its merchant network, and develop its suite of financial services.

CÍVICO is a digital platform that enables access to information and services to improve the quality of life of individuals in Latin America. The company provides micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Bogotá, Colombia; Mexico City, Mexico; and Santiago, Chile with a platform to connect with local customers as well as business information and payment services. CÍVICO also provides a strong value proposition to its merchants with electronic payments, e-commerce, business education in digital marketing techniques, coupons and loyalty programs, as well as better bookkeeping techniques. Today, CÍVICO has more than 600,000 registered merchants and helps serve more than 4 million consumers.

“We’re excited to bring on Accion as our newest partner. With its decades of experience supporting financial services innovation in Latin America and around the world, we know Accion’s investment and advisory support will be critical as we scale our services and reach in the region,” said Ricardo Pombo, CEO and Co-founder of CÍVICO.

"Latin American entrepreneurs often lack access to formal financial services and adequate business training. Through its simple, digital platform, CÍVICO is closing this gap and helping small businesses thrive," said Michael Schlein, President and CEO of Accion. “Accion is excited to bring our global expertise to CÍVICO’s experienced management team and help leverage its innovative technology platform to scale financial services in the region,” said Radhika Shroff, Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Accion Global Investments.

As part of its merchant customer acquisition strategy, CÍVICO uses an innovative crowdsourcing model to identify and confirm MSME information, including the business’ names, contact information, hours, and services. This information, along with merchants’ and users’ data, helps CÍVICO learn more about the MSMEs it serves, connect them with local customers, and develop deeper profiles that can be used to better understand community needs and ultimately provide entrepreneurs with tailored financial services. The company also partners with large financial service providers to help entrepreneurs access the electronic payment systems they need to accept credit and debit cards, allowing them to increase sales.

In addition to financial support, Accion is providing advisory services to enable CÍVICO to reach more clients throughout Colombia, Mexico, and Chile. The advisory services will support the company as it further develops its financial services distribution and enables more merchants to access quality digital services.

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About Accion

Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 110 partners in 50 countries. More at http://www.accion.org>.

 

Link to associated blog: https://www.accion.org/how-one-platform-connects-cities-and-boosts-small-businesses/

Tags:  communities  digital economy  emerging markets  financial inclusion  impact investing  innovative finance 

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Beyond Traditional Gender Lens Investing: An Intersectional Approach

Posted By Melissa Benn, The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Thursday, April 4, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2019

By Melissa Benn, Senior Program Analyst, and Alexandra Solomon, Senior Research Analyst for Ethics and Human Rights 


Gender Lens Investing: “The deliberate integration of gender analysis into investment analysis and decision-making

Gender lens investing (GLI) is “an investing approach that deliberately incorporates a desire to make a difference in the lives of women and girls, while meeting the risk/return objectives appropriate for an institutional portfolio.” The Criterion Institute and Jackie VanderBrug, Managing Director of Global Wealth Management at Bank of America, developed a comprehensive gender lens investing framework, defining, disaggregating, and evaluating the ways in which various investments can benefit and empower women.

Overall, GLI can include, but is not limited to, investments along the following three pillars: (i) Increasing access to capital for women, (ii) workplace equity for women, (iii) products and services for women.

Source: Investor toolkit with a focus on girls and young women. SPRING Accelerator, October 2018. Page 14.

Intersectionality: The interconnected nature of social categorizations, such as race, class, gender, and sexuality, and how they overlap to create interdependent systems of disadvantage and discrimination

In development contexts, women are often considered to be a singular unified cohort that can be grouped together and served based solely on their gender. However, women are not a monolith. This overly simplistic classification interferes with the development community’s ability to serve the most vulnerable populations of women. Intersectionality broadens the concept of “women” and brings visibility to women with differential identities.

Because different groups have different needs, one must pay explicit attention to, and create, programs and solutions focused on different categorizations of women. Such solutions and programs may include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, income level, food security, income security, education level, location, financial literacy, access to information, land ownership and access, number of children and/or dependents in the household, disease burden, and marital status. Accounting for these factors would create a truly intersectional and impactful venture fund that does not overlook or exclude women with varying degrees of vulnerability.

How do we best address intersectionality to ensure the three above-mentioned pillars of GLI are inclusive?

 

Increasing access to capital for women

At the US Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day Forum, Jamie Sears, Executive Director of Americas UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, spoke about the “myth of meritocracy in the entrepreneur space” and how “discrimination is structural and persistent.” According to the World Bank, 70% of formal women-owned small- and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries are either excluded by financial institutions or are unable to access financial services that meet their needs, resulting in a $287 billion gender funding gap annually. As investors rethink their impact and more purposefully direct capital flows, they have the opportunity to work with development actors to promote not only economic change and empowerment, but also the ability to address the accompanying shifts in attitudes, policies, and practices required to result in sustainable system change.

 

Workplace equity for women: Promoting gender equity throughout the value chain

Understanding how value chains are embedded in the social context that defines differential roles, opportunities, and barriers to success is essential to maximize efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Gender-blind and need-blind investments risk exacerbating gender inequities, failing to identify opportunities for economic growth, and widening the looming gender funding gap and gender agricultural productivity gap, which stands at an estimated 30% in Malawi. A purposeful focus on gender and other intersectional dynamics sheds light on the otherwise invisible relative disadvantages that all kinds of women face and can inform investment strategies in new or improved value chains.

Similarly, many development actors focus on microfinance as the silver bullet to women’s economic empowerment. However, by focusing on microfinance within spheres already in women’s limited areas of control (ie, market vending, textiles, etc), it is easy to overlook the root causes of inequities and not address larger systems built on patriarchal norms – such as politics, health care, and education – that exploit women and perpetuate their lack of adequate representation.

Further up the value chain, we see a growing body of evidence has linked gender diversity to measures of better performance, including return on invested capital (ROIC), return on equity (ROE), and ROE volatility. While this evidence highlights ROI for women’s representation and the damaging nature of gender-blind investments, more research is needed to parse out the different identities of women, such as women of color, women of varying income levels, LGBT people, and women living in the Global South.

 

Products and services for women

Very few companies directly address the needs of women, let alone the needs of women in the Global South. Jackie VanderBrug draws attention to the need for products that address the challenges that women face and how innovation has been gender-blind in many ways to date. In agriculture, for example, technology is “necessarily filtered through the gendered patterns of agricultural labour, household enterprises, family food consumption decisions and social structures.”

According to the SPRING Accelerator Investor Toolkit, “girls and young women do not need to be the direct end users to be impacted by a business’s products and services.” Investors can focus on ecosystems and specific industries, such as EdTech, that benefit and accelerate the success of women.

 

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’s Agricultural Transformation Initiative in Malawi

If the work of the Foundation and the work of the development community is to address the needs of the most marginalized peoples, we must strive to define inclusion beyond gender. While women continue to be underserved and underutilized along the value chain, we have the ability to think deeper and to address the many layered issues that the most marginalized women in the world face.

The Agricultural Transformation Initiative’s (ATI) Investment Support Facility (ISF) in Malawi is focused on integrating smallholders into investor-grade transactions. All transactions in the pipeline must include women in a substantial way, integrate significant numbers of smallholder farmers into their business models, and demonstrate meaningful income and productivity increases for smallholders. We seek to answer the question: What does it mean to truly and materially integrate and include all women?

If you have ideas for helping to ensure the ISF is an intersectional investment fund, please comment below! We are always looking for new ideas to ensure we support the most vulnerable communities in Malawi and are eager to have you be part of the conversation.

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Tags:  Africa  capacity development  entrepreneurship  impact investing  Malawi  Women  women's economic empowerment 

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