The future is blended, what does that mean for women?
Joan Larrea, Convergence Blended Finance
Blended finance leverages public and philanthropic funding to unlock billions of private sector dollars for global development. Its potential impact is immense, but is it good for women? In our session, blended finance and gender lens investing experts will debate if women are likely to benefit more or less from blended finance, compared to traditional forms of development aid. Does blended finance divert scarce public and philanthropic resources away from initiatives that benefit women but are not investible? Or rather, does blended finance make it possible to get gender-focused investments off the ground that wouldn’t otherwise happen? Watch our experts go head to head to shed some insight on what blended finance really means for women.
blended finance, development finance, emerging markets, Gender Equality, Gender Lens Investing, Innovative Finance, SDGs, Women's Empowerment
Interview / Debate
Christina “CJ” Juhasz - Women’s World Banking, Chief Investment Officer; Kathryn Kaufman - OPIC, Managing Director for Global Women’s Initiatives; Suzanne Biegel - Catalyst at Large, Founder; Viola Llewellyn - Ovamba Solutions, Co-founder and President.
G7 2XChallenge - https://convergence.finance/news-detail/PLxrUl0O4MoMeuU0MgSky ; Women's World Banking awarded Convergence grant to design USD 100M blended fund - https://convergence.finance/press-detail/1XdBaKxDsoAiOQwIAUIiCQ ; The state of the field of gender lens investing - https://criterioninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Latest-State-of-the-Field-of-Gender-Lens-Investing-7-28-2016-V1.pdf