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The Orange Revolution: Financial Market Innovations Towards a Gender-Smart Net Zero – Skoll Centre Blog

The Problem: 

With less than a decade to address critically climate change and the other UN SDGs, the pressure is on to find innovative and inclusive solutions.  The pre-COVID US$2-3 trillion annual SDG financing gap in developing economies has increased to an estimated $4-5 trillion per year.  Given this financing gap, the global financial system is positioned to play an integral and increasingly important role in addressing the gap.  However, much of the architecture of the global financial system was built without designing for the unique needs of developing economies, designing for environmental responsibility, gender equality, or equality more broadly.

The Opportunities:

The Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) movement has promoted rebuilding the financial system to consider these risks better, but even deeper integration of these considerations is fundamental for post-COVID recovery and deceleration of climate change. And both of these battles are fundamentally intertwined with gender equality:

Building ‘Forward’ Better:  The COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing conflicts worldwide, and the climate crisis have jointly exacerbated the regressive effects on gender inequality – as a result, the eradication of the global gender pay gap is now set back by over a century.  Women were almost twice as likely to lose their livelihoods during the pandemic, due to various factors such as disproportionate childcare burdens to labor market asymmetries.  Building forward better underscores an opportunity to redress these failures and re-structure economies that better integrate and empower women.  Closing the gender-regressive gap in the workforce could add up to US$13 trillion to global GDP by 2030.  In light of this substantial economic impact, gender equality must be central to post-COVID recovery.

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Funding Paradox: Funds raised over $12.3 billion but start-ups are facing a dearth.

While Indian startups have successfully set a new record for the best-ever fundraising quarter in the first quarter of 2022 – raising around $19 billion, startups in India saw a fall in funding by 37% quarter-on-quarter in Q2 2022. Yet on the flip side, a total of 78 Indian VCs and funds have raised over $12.3 billion.

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The Rockefeller Foundation’s Zero Gap Fund Mobilized $582M in Private Capital Towards UN Sustainable Development Goals -The Rockefeller Foundation

3rd annual report demonstrates initial impact of the Fund’s 18 million diverse, global portfolio

NEW YORK | July 18, 2022 – The Rockefeller Foundation released its annual Zero Gap Fund: 2021 State of the Portfolio report capturing the crucial role that catalytic capital plays in enabling investment solutions to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Across its seven investments to date, the Fund has mobilized $582 million in private finance toward a diverse portfolio of high-impact investment strategies. The Fund added two investments in 2021, bringing total commitments to $18 million of the $30 million fund.

The Zero Gap Fund was launched in 2019 in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. It deploys patient, risk-tolerant, and flexible capital into promising, impact-driven financial strategies and mechanisms that seek to boost large-scale private investment in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Innovative financial mechanisms like those supported by the Zero Gap Fund demonstrate the power of catalytic capital to cultivate and scale impact-driven investment strategies. With the SDGs being undercut by Covid-19, climate change, and other crises, the need is both critical and urgent for investment solutions that marry impact and return and mobilize significant private capital to such strategies” said Maria Kozloski, Senior Vice President, Innovative Finance, The Rockefeller Foundation. “As the Zero Gap Fund’s portfolio matures, we are seeing encouraging results even in the face of broader instability in the market.”

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IIX Impact Report 2021

Read our latest Impact report 2021

IIX has dedicated the last thirteen years to pioneering and building an inclusive multi-stakeholder ecosystem to show the world that women and underserved communities across the Global South are more than just a demographic and defiant leaders of change with the power to transform their families, communities, and the world by being a part of the financial markets.
– Prof Durreen Shahnaz

Read our 2021 impact report that reflects our work and achievements in the year.

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Why impact investing needs to be ‘decolonized’ to help the people most affected by climate change and inequity – Business Insider

 by Durreen Shahnaz

Right before the pandemic, I spoke at an impact investing conference in New York.

As the founder and CEO of Impact Investment Exchange, I’ve seen how much actual impact impact investing can have — and how it can reinforce old, problematic norms.

As usual, I was among the few women of color invited to speak alongside an otherwise white male panel. And as is typical for women of color at these conferences, I had to endure input on my choice of attire — being asked to avoid wearing an ethnic dress (a saree in my instance) — as well as the casual dismissals of my remarks and the general fawning over “distinguished white men.”

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Durreen Shahnaz: Climate change is a feminist issue – The Peak

In her own words, the founder of Impact Investment Exchange tells us why climate change and feminism come hand in hand.

I stared at the painting. I squinted my eyes, and tilted my head, but could not figure out why the painting did not look right. I like to think of myself as a painter, but when I try to take flavours from my favorite feminist painter, Frida, I struggle.

Frida could effortlessly blend with oil, her political views, agony, and love as spirited attempts to express her own reality. I chewed on the end of my paintbrush, wondering how she did so time and again. The answer stared back at me from in between the interplay of green and blue textures.

 

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Robert Kraybill on ‘Scaling up blended finance in developing countries, LDCs and SIDS: Challenges and opportunities’

22 March 2022, Mr. Robert Kraybill, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, Portfolio Management at Impact Investment Exchange, attended as a speaker at an event jointly hosted by OECD Private Finance for Sustainable Development Community of Practice (CoP – PF4SD) and the Tri Hita Karana Blended Finance Platform.

 Mr. Kraybill provided insights into the place of impact measurement, monitoring and transparency in blended finance transactions, in particular on the opportunities and challenges they pose to developing country partners.

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Winners for Impact Partners PitchFest 2022 APAC Announced

Impact Partners PitchFest 2022 kicked off with the APAC region. We received up to 200 applicants and we are excited to share with you the exceptional enterprises that have managed to impress the judges with their world-changing solutions to economic growth with a gender lens. 

We hope that through the access and support gained from this event, these enterprises are equipped to scale their impact on the world. 

Congratulations to the Impact Partners PitchFest 2022 – APAC winners and finalists!

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Indonesia’s waste management start-ups make waves in just two years

Did you know that waste mismanagement poses a higher risk to oceans and rivers? Well-managed waste streams eliminate almost all risks of plastic waste ending up in the ocean.This means that when considering pollution from waste, per capita waste generation numbers are not the most effective metric to consider. 

Historically, Asia Pacific is one of the top generators of plastic waste, with China and Indonesia being the top two contributors worldwide, producing 8.82 million metric tons per year and 3.22 million metric tons per year respectively.

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Global Youth Art Competition SHE IS MORE is back to Celebrate the Value of Women

SHE IS MORE is officially open for youths looking to channel their resilience through art. The theme, Resilience, will shine a light on and celebrate untold stories of human resilience across the world.

Singapore, 15 April 2022 – IIX Foundation is back with its annual flagship program, SHE IS MORE 2022, to celebrate women and youth through art. This global art competition invites young artists across the world to share their voices through personal pieces of visual art that celebrate the value of inclusivity. The theme of Resilience pays homage to the women who are standing tall in a society with great gender disparities.

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