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In 2018, ANDE, in partnership with Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), launched the Gender Lens Impact Measurement Fund, designed to support collaborations between SGB sector practitioners and researchers. 

These grants will build capacity, drive experimentation, and jump-start impact measurement with a focus on gender inclusion and equality. The fund seeks to enhance the rigor and quality of impact measurement practices in the sector, in order for SGBs to better manage their impact around gender inclusion.

What unique about this fund compared to previous ANDE funds is that each grantee is a partnership between a researcher and a practitioner. These were either organic partnerships previous to the fund, or they were facilitated by the ANDE team through an active matchmaking process.  


Selected to start in Q1

NESsT & Dr. Ruta AidisBringing a Gender Lens to Early Stage Investing for Greater Impact

NESsT seeks support from the Gender Impact Measurement Fund to create a gender lens investment strategy for its $20M Loan Fund so that it can 1) assess gender dynamics and gender intersectionalities to better inform investment decisions, 2) intentionally and measurably address gender disparities, 3) be easily adoptable by SGBs and the investment community, particularly at early stage investing.


Root Capital (Pracitioner) & Value for Women (Research Partner): Building the Capacity for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) to Improve the Climate Resilience of Women Farmers

 Root Capital, in partnership with Value for Women, seeks to use this grant to create and use impact measurement tools to assess the impact of small businesses-based interventions to improve the climate resilience of women coffee farmers in Central America.


Impact Hub & INCAE: How can SGB Accelerators apply a gender lens to program and impact measurement activities, and become drivers of gender equality in the SGB sector?

The aim of this research project is the development of an open-­source toolkit including best practices, tools, and metrics for how SGB accelerators can intentionally apply a gender lens to their programs and programs measurement.


Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo & Practical Action Bolivia:  Tools to quantitatively and qualitatively measure the impact of the inclusion of gender approach in productive development projects.

The proposed project aims to create a tool kit for the rigorous measurement of the impact of gender inclusion in economic development projects


Selected to start in Q2

 MEDA, Agora Partnerships:  Gender Equality Mainstreaming in Impact Measurement (GEMIM) Pilot

The GEMIM pilot will conduct research to inform the development of a new gender inclusive impact measurement methodology for small and growing businesses’ (SGBs) in the agriculture sector based in Central America.

Gente del Futuro & WDI: Using Gender Impact Data to Develop Strategies to Increase Engagement of Women across the Coffee Sector
Together with the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI), Gente del Futuro (GDF) proposes to collect empowerment data from women working with GDF in Colombia to examine how empowerment differs based on women’s role in the coffee value chain. The goal of collecting this data is to supply practitioners from GDF with impact data they can use to inform their operations, in particular how they can better engage and empower women across the coffee value chain.

Please note that selected projects are subject to finalizing funding agreements. 

The ANDE Catalyst Fund was launched in 2009 with $1,000,000 in seed funding from The Lemelson Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Shell Foundation. Since then, more than $2.5 million has been disbursed to 39 member organizations and the grant-making facility has been replenished with funds from Citi FoundationMasterCard Worldwide, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, and S&P Global.

Special thanks to this round's sponsor: Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC)