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Gender Lens Investing

We partner with industry players to increase capital providers’ demand for Gender Lens Investing strategies and products, catalysing the supply of financial instruments available to small businesses owned or led by women, and investing in the growth of SMEs that support women through a ‘fund of funds’ strategy.

 

Challenges and Approach

Women face unique barriers to get the financing they need to grow their businesses. Studies show women-led companies get a small proportion of equity investment, even though companies with at least one female founder perform significantly better than those with all male founder teams.

The financing gap for women-owned SMEs does not just affect women — it affects entrepreneurship, investment and economic growth across nations and economies. According to the International Finance Corporation, SMEs make up 98% of all businesses and provide jobs for 66% of the labour force in Asia; women-owned SMEs represent 31 to 38% of all SMEs in emerging markets. Closing the financing gap will help businesses and economies grow, while enabling impact investors to capitalise on this significant market opportunity.

Investing in Women is partnering with industry players to increase capital providers’ demand for Gender Lens Investing strategies and products, catalysing the supply of financial instruments available to small businesses owned or led by women, and investing in the growth of SMEs that disproportionately benefit women through a ‘fund of funds’ strategy, implemented by DFAT’s Australian Development Investments (ADI). By helping remove the economic barriers that affect women and perpetuate gender inequality, Investing in Women will contribute to systems change so nations can capture and scale the enormous growth opportunities offered by gender equality.  

Investing in Women hopes to provide investors globally the confidence, business evidence, and practical tools to expand financing made available to SMEs that disproportionately benefit women.

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Investing in Women’s SMEs

Investing in Women is working to increase investment in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that disproportionately benefit women in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Investing in Women is partnering with DFAT’s Australian Development Investments and with impact investors and their networks, as well as international and regional organisations, to amplify and scale this work.

Investing in Women hopes to provide investors globally the confidence, business evidence, and practical tools to expand financing made available to SMEs that disproportionately benefit women.

Outcomes

As at June 2023

10 Blended Finance Instruments

83 Investments into WSMEs

$15.4M Investment

$273.3M Private Sector Leverage (x17.8)

$18.1M Public Co-Investments

$1.25M Macquarie RISE Fund

$217M Gender Lens Investing Follow-on Funds

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