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Global Innovation Fund Welcomes Kippy Joseph

By Amélie Baudot, General Counsel and Company Secretary  |   Posted 11th June 2020

With a renewed emphasis on investing for gender equality, GIF is pleased to announce the appointment of Kippy Joseph as Senior Advisor, Gender.

At this moment in time, as development actors increasingly recognize that COVID-19 exacerbates existing inequalities, including gender inequality, the work Kippy will lead has become even more critical.

Kippy joins GIF with an extensive background in development innovation, leading capacity building for the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) and serving as a program officer at The Rockefeller Foundation.

Kippy significantly increases GIF’s expert capacity and strengthens our commitment to innovations that benefit women and girls and aim to address structural gender inequalities. At GIF, we have made a commitment to challenge ourselves and our stakeholders to dig deeper into what it means to have a significant impact on gender inequality.   This requires looking at impact at scale as more than numbers of women in jobs or how many women have access to capital. While these metrics are important, we and our partners can aim for gender transformation or structural impact in our gender equality goals. With Kippy’s help, GIF will develop a critical understanding of how innovation investment can play a role in eliminating the conditions that constrain the rights and resources for too many women and girls.

CEO Alix Zwane said: “Kippy has been working closely with members of the GIF Gender Working Group for the past year to deliver our Innovating for Gender Equality sub-fund, supported by Global Affairs Canada. In this new increased role, Kippy will continue to support this work, while expanding her responsibilities to cover GIF’s ambitious gender work more generally, including helping us achieve our goal of carrying out gender analysis on all new investments. I am delighted that we are able to benefit from her expertise going forward as we continue to deepen our commitment to enhancing the agency of women and girls throughout the developing world.”