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News and blogsEmbedding a Gender Lens into the Investment Process

Embedding a Gender Lens into the Investment Process

29th March 2021
GIF’s investment mandate is focused on finding and funding innovative ventures and solutions that have high potential to be impactful on the lives of the poor, scalable to reach millions and cost effective. Applying these criteria has meant that GIF’s portfolio has been largely comprised of investments amenable to quantifying impacts generated by innovations (e.g. […]
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BlogEarth Day 2022: Stepping up climate adaptation for development and poverty reduction

Earth Day 2022: Stepping up climate adaptation for development and poverty reduction

22nd April 2022
Earth Day 2022 centres on the theme Invest in Our Planet, calling for individuals to “act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably).” In celebration, GIF Chief Economist Ken Chomitz highlights how GIF experience points to three routes that harness innovation to drive both climate resilience and poverty reduction. Building tailored solutions to specific climate challenges […]
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NewsImproving youth agency through mentorship and media: our partnership with Impact(Ed)

Improving youth agency through mentorship and media: our partnership with Impact(Ed)

7th April 2022
GIF is delighted to announce a $2 million grant to non-profit Impact(Ed) International. Together we seek to improve girls’ self-efficacy and educational aspirations via mentorship, community mobilisation, and Impact(Ed)’s award-winning animated life skills series. My Better World follows six African teens as they navigate the complex challenges of school, family, and friendship. Episode themes include […]
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NewsSparkMeter closes $10 million raise

SparkMeter closes $10 million raise

28th March 2022
GIF investee SparkMeter, a provider of grid management services, equipment, and software solutions, has closed a $10 million raise. This financing included follow-on funding of $530,000 from GIF and will enable SparkMeter’s growth in global markets, including access to reliable electricity for underserved communities across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Over one billion people lack […]
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NewsIntroducing our 2021 impact report

Introducing our 2021 impact report

24th March 2022
I am delighted to launch the Global Innovation Fund’s 2021 impact report, detailing the progress made to advance GIF’s mission of accelerating innovation to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. Through grants, loans and equity investments, GIF’s portfolio of innovations has the potential for outsized social impact whether through new technologies, policies, business […]
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BlogCelebrating our continued partnership with Global Affairs Canada and commitment to innovation for gender equality

Celebrating our continued partnership with Global Affairs Canada and commitment to innovation for gender equality

8th March 2022
On this International Women’s Day, GIF is pleased to announce a continued partnership with Global Affairs Canada for our Innovating for Gender Equality fund. Since the launch of the Innovating for Gender Equality fund in 2018 our aim has been to demonstrate how innovation can address gender power imbalances and accelerate the increase in agency […]
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BlogPerspectives and experience scaling agricultural technologies where GIF has impact

Perspectives and experience scaling agricultural technologies where GIF has impact

12th January 2022
GIF was delighted to host almost 100 participants to a learning event focused on scaling agricultural technologies, where local innovators and entrepreneurs showcased their perspectives and operational experience in the settings of our target beneficiaries. The webinar featured leaders in the agricultural sector representing GIF-supported innovations at different stages of the scale spectrum who shared […]
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