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Gender Lens Investing: Contribution to Women’s Economic Empowerment and Way Forward

The project seeks to document the gaps and the challenges faced by women-led businesses, as well as the social and financing impact, if any, that various actors are able to create through Gender Lens Investing, i.e. the use of capital to deliver financial returns and improve the lives of women, girls and their communities. A database of women-led and women-focused enterprises across the study countries in East Africa and South Asia will be constructed, and a mixed method approach combining quantitative and qualitative analytical tools used to draw cross-country learning across the two regions. To qualitatively assess the impact of Gender Lens Investing on the lives of women at the bottom of the pyramid, the team will engage directly with the beneficiaries of investing companies. The research findings will inform the design of a gender lens toolkit for adoption by various stakeholders contemplating a gender lens approach in their investment decisions. The toolkit will also be used to train Intellecap’s business, operations, programs, and project managers.

Project ID
108793
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
24 months
IDRC Officer
Flaubert Mbiekop
Total Funding
CA$ 723,600.00
Location
India
Indonesia
Kenya
South of Sahara
Programs
Sustainable Inclusive Economies
Employment and Growth
Institution Country
Kenya
Project Leader
Amar Gokhale
Institution
Intellecap Advisory Services Private Limited

Outputs

Report

Gender lens investing : contribution to women's economic empowerment and way forward

Study

Maintstreaming GLI : an assessment of women owned enterprises in developing countries

Study

On the potential of GLI to further women’s economic and social empowerment : an assessment of women-focused enterprises in South East Asia and East Africa