Twelve lessons in gender lens investing

Insufficient knowledge about options and application processes, difficulty understanding financial terms and lack of collateral hinder women seeking finance. In this report, financiers applying gender lens investing build on their experience addressing women’s challenges and offer insights on best practices to mainstream gender in investment decisions and impact frameworks.


The 12 lessons learned shared by financiers translate into action points to guide investment funds, private equity firms, development finance organizations, microfinance institutions and banks to design, implement and strengthen gender lens investing strategies to help bridge the estimated $300 billion capital gap for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.