Promoting Gender and Inclusive Development through Innovations and Health Financing

9th June 2020 5:00pm Singapore Time

Session Highlights:

  • This session focused on the intersection of gender and health with an emphasis on mobilising public and private sector capital. Summarized best by Neeta Rao’s (USAID) comment, “Without women inclusivity, there will be no health outcomes. And with no health outcomes, there will be no international development.”
  • Panelists focused on the need to make finance work effectively to empower women. Blended finance, which utilises development and philanthropic funding as a lever to mobilize mainstream capital, is a key opportunity to achieve both social and financial returns in healthcare and promote a more inclusive health systems for women.
  • Wearable technology and monitoring sensors are driving a proliferation of healthcare data that leads to better insights and outcomes for people and can drive medical breakthroughs that bridge gaps in healthcare systems. This will have an outsized impact on high risk women and infants in Asia where mortality rates are particularly high.

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Session Description

Spaces are limited and you are encouraged to log in early for this session.

Universal health coverage (UHC) is a WHO global priority and is also central to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), most notably SDG-3 (good health and wellbeing) and SDG-5 (gender equality). Gender and resultant gender inequalities are an important determinant of health along with other forms of discrimination based on caste, creed, color, age, disability, socio-economic status.

Promoting gender equality is essential for development and is instrumental in setting in motion virtuous cycles of socio economic growth. The session will explore how women led enterprises, innovations and health financing models advance gender empowerment, promote respectful, accessible, and affordable quality health care for inclusive

Join us for this interactive session to know how collaborative efforts, innovations and innovative financing models can be deployed to achieve SDG 3 and SDG 5.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the current state and challenges to promoting gender and inclusive development
  • Learn about innovations and innovative financing initiatives that are advancing the gender empowerment agenda and ensuring better health outcomes for women
  • Identify potential opportunities for collaborative philanthropy to strengthen gender parity and inclusive development


Amrita Agarwal

Moderator: Amrita Agarwal

National Lead, Health Systems Design Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Premkumar Pillay

Premkumar Pillay

Chief Medical Officer Pureland Global Venture

Neeta Rao

Neeta Rao

Senior Health Specialist USAID

Tom Kagerer

Tom Kagerer

Investment Director LGT Venture Philanthropy (LGTVP)

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  • Media partner, Alliance magazine, has made its issue on Feminist philanthropy free to download. This special feature highlights and celebrates practical ways that feminist philanthropy has created a more equal world. Women’s Funds, ‘gender wise’ funding toolkits, impact investing with a gender lens and united action by green and gender activists are just a few examples featured on these pages. Download your free copy.

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