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Investing in Women holds a thought-leadership responsibility to contribute to advance knowledge building to strengthen the business case of women’s economic empowerment and gender equality.

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Investing in Women holds a thought-leadership responsibility to contribute to advance knowledge building to strengthen the business case of women’s economic empowerment and gender equality.

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Saving the Philippine startup ecosystem

August 2020

In this podcast, James Lette, Executive Director of Manila Angel Investors Network—a partner of Investing in Women in the Philippines—discusses the ...

Gender Equality Scorecard Manual

August 2020

The Gender Equality Scorecard Manual is the collective effort built upon SEAF’s work on the GES, a tool SEAF developed to assess ...

Project Sage 3.0: Tracking venture capital, private equity, and private debt with a gender lens

August 2020

Project Sage tracks the global shape and size of the private markets in gender lens investing. This report identifies 138 total funds deploying capital ...

Gender lens investing landscape: East and South East Asia

August 2020

This report aims to provide a landscape of gender lens investment (GLI) vehicles in both public and private markets and is intended to ...

Infographic: The Gender Lens Investing Framework

July 2020

This infographic provides a summary of Value for Women’s How to Invest with a Gender Lens: A guide for Investors in emerging ...

How to invest with a gender lens: A guide for investors in emerging markets

July 2020

This Gender Lens Investing how-to guide provides practical tools and resources for an investing community that urgently needs to address its diversity and ...

Guidance note for action: Supporting SMEs to ensure the economic COVID-19 recovery is gender-responsive and inclusive

June 2020

This document illustrates how the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in starting and retaining a business are likely to increase in the wake ...

Diego and Theresa Buenaflor – The Hustle Behind Ellana Cosmetics

May 2020

In this podcast, Theresa and Diego Buenaflor share the story of how they lifted Ellana Cosmetics from its humble beginnings and transformed it ...

Women in Agriculture Initiative – Annual Report 2019

May 2020

This report provides data and insights on the milestones of Root Capital’s Women in Agricultural Initiative for 2019. A partner of Investing in ...

Interim Key Messages | Flexible funding for humanitarian response and COVID-19

May 2020

This note provides recommendations and key messages reflecting IASC commitments, aligned with Grand Bargain principles  aimed at providing assistance to people in need ...

2020 Philippine Startup Survey

April 2020

This report presents data, insights and stories gathered through a survey of 111 startup founders and 31 investors in the Philippines, conducted by PwC.  

Impact Investing Video Series: Women’s SME Financing Gap

April 2020

An estimated 70.7% of women-owned enterprises remain unserved or underserved by formal financial institutions. This creates a financing gap of at least USD 287 Billion. ...

Impact Investing Video Series: Gender Lens Investing

April 2020

Economic growth is more robust and sustainable when men and women can fully participate in the economy. However, women continue to be underrepresented ...

Impact Investing Video Series: Impact Investing in South East Asia

April 2020

Impact investing in South East Asia is expected to continue growing because of large market opportunities, economic growth and demographic trends. Want to ...

Impact Investing Video Series: Blended Finance for Women’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

April 2020

Blended finance combines development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilise more private capital for social and environmental causes, creating more financing opportunities for ...

Impact Investing Video Series: What is Women’s Economic Empowerment?

April 2020

A woman is economically empowered when she has both the ability to advance and succeed economically; and has the power to make and ...

2X Challenge and Gender Finance Collaborative response to the COVID-19 pandemic

April 2020

The 2X Challenge and GFI encourage their peer DFIs and other investors to implement gender-sensitive responses to COVID-19. This document outlines GFI and ...

SEAF’s Gender Equality Scorecard

April 2020

SEAF’s Gender Equality Scorecard (GES) is a tool for assessing women’s economic empowerment and gender equality within investment opportunities and portfolio ...

Investing in Women Case Study Series: Capital 4 Development Partners

October 2019

This case study is part of a series of case studies detailing IW’s blended finance structures with four reputable global impact investors ...

Investing in Women Case Study Series: Patamar Capital

October 2019

This case study is part of a series of case studies detailing Investing in Women’s blended finance structures with four reputable global ...

Investing in Women Case Study Series: Root Capital

October 2019

This case study is part of a series of case studies detailing Investing in Women’s blended finance structures with four reputable global ...

Investing in Women Case Study Series: SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund

October 2019

This case study is part of a series of case studies detailing Investing in Women’s blended finance structures with four reputable global ...

Serving the financial needs of women-owned businesses in emerging markets: Perspectives from the DGGF Portfolio

September 2019

Through this study, the Dutch Group Growth Fund (DGGF) sought to identify the extent of its reach of female entrepreneurs and gain a ...

The 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report

September 2019

This report provides information on sociodemographic characteristics that influence overall movement in the women-owned business sector in the United States.

Impact Investing in Asia: Overcoming Barriers to Scale

September 2019

This report provides a snapshot of the experiences and insights of stakeholders from the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), as well as recommendations ...

Unlocking the Potential of Frontier Finance

September 2019

This report assesses key features of frontier finance impact investments and finds significant opportunity for making an impact in this sector.

Communications and Gender Checklist: Things to Consider

July 2019

This short guide outlines tips for how to apply a gender and inclusion lens while developing and reviewing communications materials.

East Asia Forum Quarterly Vol.11 No.1: Investing in Women

March 2019

This issue of EAFQ touches on key economic and social questions that affect gender equality in South East Asia and East Asia, delving ...

Moving toward gender balance in private equity and venture capital

March 2019

This report explores the link between financial returns and gender diversity; the lack of women in the industry; and steps needed to achieve ...

Catalytic Capital for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Report of the External Review of Component 2 of the Investing in Women Initiative

February 2019

This report summarises the findings and recommendations of the external review of Component 2 (C2) on impact investing of the Investing in Women Initiative (...

Investing in Women Phase 2 Investment Design Document Update

February 2019

This updated Investment Design Document for Investing in Women reflects the opportunities and constraints of the evolving operational environments; the policy and budgetary ...

Gender Lens Investing Tool: Designing an Action Plan

November 2018

This toolkit for gender lens investing supports the design of an investment strategy with considerations for how gender dynamics might present risks and ...

The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia

August 2018

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of impact investing activity and trends between 2007 and 2017 in 11 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, ...

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific

April 2018

This report from the McKinsey Global Institute explores the challenge of gender inequality in Asia Pacific and considers what it will take to ...

Entrepreneurship Development Interventions for Women Entrepreneurs

February 2018

This report presents key findings of interventions promoting small and medium enterprises as a means to create more and better jobs.

APEC Gender Inclusion Guidelines

November 2017

This report offers guidance on how to integrate gender-responsive approaches into APEC Fora, Strategic and Work Plans, Annual Reports and Projects. It complements ...

The Global Gender Gap Report 2017

November 2017

The report benchmarks 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income ...

Women-owned enterprises in Vietnam: Perceptions and potential

October 2017

This report exposes misconceptions facing women entrepreneurs in Vietnam and elucidates the opportunities for banks and related service providers to meet their needs.

Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

September 2017

This report analyses the policy landscape, identifies gaps, and proposes recommendations to advance the role of women in the labour market, as entrepreneurs ...

Moving Toward Gender Diversity in Southeast Asia

September 2017

This report analyses interviews with executives from over 25 prominent companies in Southeast Asia to understand their perspectives on diversity, the obstacles they have ...

Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur: A literature review

July 2017

This report undertakes a review of the literature on entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur, with a focus on understanding how levels of economic development ...

Female Entrepreneurship in Asia: The Case of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam

April 2017

This report concentrates on the significance given to female entrepreneurship in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, and on the policies pursued to ...

Feminism And Gender Equality Around The World

March 2017

This report provides an overview of the state of feminism and gender equality around the world based on survey results from across 24 countries.

Work and Economic Participation in the Philippines

March 2017

This factsheet from the Philippine Statistics Authority focuses on the latest statistical updates on women and men in the country. The 2017 edition contains 84 ...

Women and Men in the Philippines

December 2016

This report is the fourth in a series of statistical handbooks and presents the available and relevant gender statistics in the Philippines from 2000 ...

The CS Gender 3000: The Reward for Change

September 2016

This report explores the link that exists between diversity and improved business performance, and the measures the progress made on structural changes and ...

Gender-related Obstacles to Vietnamese Women Entrepreneurs

December 2010

This report analyses the traditional, regulatory, and internal gender-based obstacles that influence Vietnamese women entrepreneurs in starting and running their businesses and provides ...

Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in Vietnam

September 2007

This report provides a detailed analysis of the roles, constraints, obstacles, opportunities and development of women entrepreneurs in Vietnam.

Gender Equality and Women’s Issues in Vietnam: The Vietnamese Woman — Warrior and Poet

December 2001

This article provides a detailed analysis of “Vietnamese feminism,” and explores the concept of a positive collective identity of Vietnamese women – something with ...

Investing in Women: Early stage Investment models

August 2018

This is the 2nd edition in a series of reports exploring the difficulties around raising capital for women’s small to medium enterprises, ...

Tailoring Finance for Women’s SMEs

August 2018

The 1st in a series, this publication focuses on Ernst and Young’s (EY)’s commentary on topics such as tailoring finance for ...

Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework

January 2018

This report provides a framework for monitoring Investing in Women’s contribution to the goal of accelerating women’s economic empowerment in Southeast ...

Myanmar Country Context Paper

January 2018

This country context paper provides an overview of women’s contribution to Myanmar’s economy as farmers, entrepreneurs and wage workers, and identifies ...

Vietnam Country Context Paper

January 2018

This country context paper provides an overview of women’s contribution to the Vietnamese economy as farmers, entrepreneurs and wage workers, and identifies ...

Indonesia Country Context Paper

January 2018

This country context paper provides an overview of Indonesian women’s participation in the labour market and as entrepreneurs, and identifies key barriers ...

Philippines Country Context Paper

January 2018

This country context paper provides an overview of women’s participation in the labour market and as entrepreneurs in the Philippines, and identifies ...

Women and Entrepreneurship in Vietnam

July 2017

This report examines the state of small to medium enterprises in Vietnam, and the contribution that women-owned businesses make to the Vietnamese economy.

Women and Entrepreneurship in the Philippines

July 2017

This report examines the state of small to medium enterprises in the Philippines, and the contribution that women-owned businesses make to the Philippine ...

Women and Entrepreneurship in Indonesia

July 2017

This report examines the state of small to medium enterprises in Indonesia, and the contribution that women-owned businesses make to the Indonesian economy.

Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur: A literature review

July 2017

This report undertakes a review of the literature on entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur, with a focus on understanding how levels of economic development ...

Voices of women in entrepreneurship

July 2017

This report examines the nature of women’s entrepreneurship, and the characteristics and challenges that are specific to women entrepreneurs.

Stories of women-owned enterprises: Tòhe (Vietnam)

July 2017

This report showcases Tòhe: a woman-owned social enterprise in Vietnam. The case study tells the story of the business and explores the ...

Gender equality and empowerment – key concepts

January 2017

This report explores key concepts around gender equality and empowerment, emphasising the dual importance of gender equality policies and an enabling institutional environment.

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