Gender-Smart Investing Capacity Building Facility

Building the next generation of gender-smart investors and SGBs in developing economies. 

About the Facility

Recognizing roadblocks that investors and SGBs often face in prioritizing gender considerations in investment processes and business models, this facility aims to help investors build the technical know-how to incorporate gender into their investment thesis and process and help priority pipeline SGBs make gender-smart business decisions to lower risks and heighten profits. It is delivered in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

On the supply side, this fund targets investors who are committed to advancing gender equality through their investments yet lacking the technical know-how. Applicants must be willing to share lessons learned and results of the capacity building program with ANDE and the wider SGB sector. 

On the demand side, this fund targets SGBs which are committed to advancing gender equality via their business model and operations yet lacking the technical-know how. Target SGBs also have the capacity to work with a gender-smart capacity development provider for 3-12 months. 

Current grantees

Through this facility, ANDE provides one-year grants of up to $30,000 for gender-smart capacity building services to support SGBs operating in India, Brazil, or the East and Southeast Asia, Andean, or Eastern African regions. The funding targets investors who are committed to advancing gender equality through their investments into target SGBs, yet lack the technical know-how. In December 2021, ANDE announced five winning organizations out of 27 total applications.

Bangladesh Angels

Enabling three cross-border SGBs to better quantify the impact the SGBs’ operations have on women in supply chains and women who use or benefit from their platform by planning for gender smart impact, collecting data, analyzing data, and reviewing and revising metrics and reporting.

Instituto de Cidadania Empresarial (ICE)

Training and engaging strategic audiences of the Brazilian impact ecosystem on gender and race issues for companies, entrepreneurs and investors.


Building out the gender-smart capacity services of their in-country investment team as well as testing and refining a draft version of the SGB Gender Growth Acceleration (SG2X) Investment Playbook, which aims to provide investors and SGBs with a practical strategy to improve the performance of SGBs in Africa and empower women at scale. 

Sweef Capital

Building and deploying a pilot tool, the Gender ROI™, with two SGBs, developing case studies to support its promotion and adoption, and adding to a best practices library to support gender action plans in Southeast Asia. 

Yunus Social Business Colombia and Corewoman

Developing a gender-smart investing assessment and recommendations; proposing and designing a gender-smart strategy and indicators; and designing guidelines to identify business models, products and/or services that positively impact women and girls.

This project is possible thanks to: