September 10

Analysis: Funds Are Recognising Their Biases Against Women

By Ahmed Aslam and Raya Papp

The gender lens investing (GLI) market has grown by 61 percent globally since 2018. Today, there are as many as 192 gender lens investment vehicles, with 20 funds that have South Asia as a target investment destination. In fact, our most recent study—Gender Lens Investing Landscape—found that South Asia has raised more gender lens capital than Southeast Asia and East Asia.

While there are a few sectors such as healthcare, education, agriculture, or femtech, that receive a higher quantum of gender-oriented funds globally, the overall purview of GLI is quite broad. Currently, gender lens funds are present in more than 20 different sectors, covering all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GLI is also a factor that cuts across all asset classes—including private equity and debt, as well as public equity and fixed income. Like impact investing, it is a lens or approach that can be applied across sectors as well. Perhaps it is more easily understood as a type of impact and thus connected to the impact investing sector, but it has a significant presence in sectors outside of impact investing as well, such as technology and the ‘she economy’.

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Source: The Times of India (link opens in a new window)

Investing, Technology
gender lens, impact investing, SDGs, women entrepreneurs