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Blended Finance Approaches Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment

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Demonstrating the upside to investing in women mobilizes greater capital into under-financed women-owned businesses, opportunities to empower women to meaningfully participate in the economy, and economic growth and stability. Using a blended finance approach, donors and investors can demonstrate the benefits of  investing in women in developing markets as well as drive investment and opportunity to lower-income women entrepreneurs and women-led enterprises. This discussion will assess case studies of applying blended finance structures to mobilize investment capital for women as well as the various structures (e.g. applying first loss, technical assistance, field building support). The conversation will dig deep on where/how donors, philanthropists, and investors participate in women’s economic empowerment (using blended finance structures) as well as the anticipated outcomes. Lastly, the panel will highlight the recent ground-breaking work of the U.S. whole-of-government Women’s Global Development & Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative’s recently launched “Investing in Women” portfolio using blended finance approaches to support scale-up investment that creates more opportunity for low-income women.  

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  • W-GDP’s Blended Finance Sr. Advisor
  • Awardees of the W-GDP “Investing in  Women” Portfolio

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