• Gender Lens Investing Tool: Designing an Action Plan

    Gender lens investing is the incorporation of a gender analysis into the systems of investing to make better decisions. A gender analysis is a disciplined approach to understanding how differences in power impact the advantages or oppression people experience based on their gender. An intersectional gender analysis considers how ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, ability and other realities limit or compound experiences of advantage

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  • Criterion Connections: Building the Field of Gender Lens Investing with Oxfam America’s Laté Lawson-Lartego 

    It’s a remarkable time for gender lens investing, and for Criterion Institute. In the last few weeks alone, we’ve led and participated in conversations on gender lens investing at Opportunity Collaboration in Cancún, SOCAP in San Francisco, the Global Impact Investment Network Investor Forum in Paris, and the Gender Smart Investing Summit in London. We’ve seen coverage of the growth

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  • Implementation Guide: Lending Through a Group of Small Business Owners

    Most 1K Churches choose the simplest, most direct pathway for their loan to a small business. We call it the Angel Investor pathway. It is a simple agreement between the church and the business owner to invest and repay a small loan according to certain terms. Other congregations have opened the lending relationship to include the wider public through an

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  • Video: A Spiral Of Change: Understanding The Investment Impact Of Sexual And Gender-Based Violence

      From Cornerstone Capital: Recently, Cornerstone Capital’s Head of Impact Strategy, Katherine Pease, sat down for an in-depth discussion with two leading figures in the field of gender-focused investment and philanthropy, to discuss the role that investors and finance can play in addressing gender-based violence in companies and society. Teresa Younger is the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation

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  • Reflection: Finance and Gender Experts in Vietnam Shape a Growing Community of Practice in Gender Lens Investing Across Southeast Asia

    Over 40 gender and finance experts came together with community leaders in Ho Chi Minh City for a two-day workshop on gender lens investing. This event provided an opportunity to frame, identify and debate a shared vision for how to include gender in investment decisions. As investments across Southeast Asia grow, so do the conversations about the intersection of gender

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  • Nascent? No way! Southeast Asia is Worthy of the Global Gender Lens Investing Stage

    Now is a critical moment to shape the terms of capital in Southeast Asia. More than ever, investments are being made in Southeast Asia by actors in and outside the region. With this increased capital in and attention on Southeast Asia, now is the time to push to make capital markets responsive to gender equality considerations in the region. And

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  • Document: Framing Gender Lens Investing

    Conversations about the intersection of finance and gender are gaining traction and generating exciting momentum for the field of gender lens investing. However, these conversations can be fraught with fear, including the fear of offending or saying the wrong thing. The language that surrounds gender is powerful. Therefore, how gender is framed matters, and how we hear and interpret our

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  • Reflection: Making Gender-Based Violence Material to the World of Finance

    “But I’m not sure how that’s truly material.” This is a refrain we hear constantly when we talk to people in finance about gender. Discussing whether or not something is “material” is a short-handed insult meant to dismiss and undermine. It suggests that, while we might think including a gender analysis in financial analysis is important, they unfortunately just don’t

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  • Growing the Field: Finance and gender experts brought together in Indonesia

    Jakarta, Indonesia, 2 February 2018 – Over 70 investors, business and finance leaders, and gender experts from Southeast Asia came together at the Australian Embassy for two days to identify, and debate opportunities for success in gender lens investing – the practice of using capital to advance gender equality and generate financial returns. In Indonesia, women contribute actively to the vibrant

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  • Reflection: Gender Lens Investing Field-Building Event in Jakarta

    This re-cap of the gender lens investing field-building event hosted in February by Investing in Women partners was contributed by ANGIN (Angel Investment Network Indonesia). Gender Lens Investing Field-Building Event in Jakarta contributed by ANGIN (Angel Investment Network in Indonesia) Criterion Institute held a two-day Gender Lens Investing workshop in Jakarta for the first time in years, with the support

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