Building the Case for Gender Lens Investing Across Asia
9th June 2020 2:00pm Singapore Time
- Asia is the second largest region for Gender Lens Investing (GLI), with USD 1.4b invested across 47 investment vehicles. Capital invested in Asia doubled in 2019 with 63% of GLI investment vehicles being set up in 2018 or 2019.
- GLI touches all asset classes and a wide range of investors, most of whom are seeking market-rate risk-adjusted returns. While the initial focus of GLI was on women led businesses or women in senior leadership roles, investors have begun to expand this into the value chain to include businesses that create value for women.
- Despite the strong momentum, one of the biggest challenges is awareness and acceptance of GLI products by public and private investors. Many funds feel the need to brand as “impact investing” as opposed to “gender lens investing” to gain buy-in.