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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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NewsMr Green Africa closes Series B funding

Mr Green Africa closes Series B funding

11th January 2022
GIF investee Mr Green Africa is partnering with a diverse group of investors in a move that will allow the company to build on its success, including supply chain advances and improving the livelihoods of wastepickers in Kenya. Mr Green Africa owns and operates a series of trading hubs across Nairobi and Kisumu where they […]
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BlogProtecting and strengthening our impact

Protecting and strengthening our impact

23rd December 2021
As throughout the pandemic, GIF’s focus in 2021 has been on protecting our current portfolio’s impact as we continue building a diverse set of investments to confront the challenges faced by the world’s poorest.   We expect this impact from our evidence-based grants and risk capital investments to benefit 134 million people each year by 2031. […]
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NewsTackling the digital divide in South Africa

Tackling the digital divide in South Africa

21st December 2021
GIF is excited to announce a $460,000 investment in Isizwe, an internet service provider that offers online access to low-income communities in South Africa at a rate 20 times cheaper than the current standard. Digital connectivity is now considered a basic human necessity as increasing numbers of public and private services are delivered online. The […]
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BlogRobust data systems great tool to support asset financing, say innovators

Robust data systems great tool to support asset financing, say innovators

6th December 2021
Building robust systems that collect and track data from an early stage can help businesses be prepared when raising debt, according to innovators with experience in asset and customer financing. Innovators and entrepreneurs were exchanging ideas at a GIF-hosted workshop where they identified data related to unit economics, and on how assets are performing, as […]
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NewsRegister now for our learning event on scaling agricultural innovations

Register now for our learning event on scaling agricultural innovations

22nd November 2021
GIF welcomes you to join us for a cross-learning event highlighting experiences, challenges and lessons learned from scaling and commercialising agricultural technologies. Our 90-minute webinar will feature leaders in the agricultural sector representing GIF-supported innovations at different stages of the scale spectrum present on lessons learned as their businesses grow. Join us as we explore: […]
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NewsEmpowering women in the construction sector: our partnership with Buildher

Empowering women in the construction sector: our partnership with Buildher

22nd November 2021
A new partnership between GIF and social enterprise Buildher will help disadvantaged young women secure skilled employment in the traditionally male-dominated construction sector. The latest deal to join GIF’s portfolio will improve incomes while challenging gender norms and generating learning on how to overcome gender barriers to expand employment opportunities for women. Founded in 2018, […]
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