Impact entrepreneurship/impact investing are authentic paths to a sustainable and equitable society.
Have you ever wondered what $14 Trillion looks/feels like? Let me tell you … It looks like 300 amazing and talented women (plus a few men) from 43 countries attending the world’s first annual gender-smart investing summit, under one roof for 2 days. It felt compelling, driven, collaborative, committed, full of spontaneous dialogue and effective networking, but mostly it felt like a change had arrived, like hope. It’s amazing what can be achieved with some of the most brilliant minds across various rooms, in different interactive sessions … there were asset managers, institutional investors, venture capitalists, non-governmental organisations and entrepreneurs with a common purpose … to change the game and better deploy the worlds capital reserves, for good. This was only one of many things I came away with from the Gender Smart Summit last November, in London.
So, what is, Investing With a Gender Lens? (Financial Inclusion)
The use of capital to simultaneously generate financial return and advance gender equality. Integration of financial analysis/gender analysis. Three key gender lenseare: Access to Capital, Workplace Equality, Products and Services that positively affect women and girls around the globe. The summit coincided with a report by Wharton Business School and Catalyst at Large. It showed the amount of capital in private equity, venture capital and private debt funds dedicated to improving gender diversity in some way has risen 73% this year to $2.2 billion (£1.7 billion) from $1.3 billion (£1 billion) in 2017.
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At LadyAgri, we are committed to all of the above, we seek to bridge the gap in financial inclusion for women in Africa. LadyAgri’s programs will uniquely combine research, training and networking to achieve its objective of creating access to economic opportunities for women in the agri business value chains at national, sub-regional and continental level. At LadyAgri, we are truly Impact Makers!
I’ll leave you with a couple of well known quotes that resonate with me in particular, one written inside a book gifted on my last birthday, and one I was reminded of in an email thread only this week.
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ Margaret Mead.
‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’ Mahatma Gandhi
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Co-Founder LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub