February 21, 2023
#weforshe: Showcasing our ANDE Asia Gender Learning Community

In 2022, ANDE began to host Gender Learning Communities. The objective of ANDE’s Learning Communities is to create a space for thought leadership, cross learning and is serving as a platform to generate knowledge to advance gender issues, among ANDE awardee alumni, members and stakeholders interested in gender smart approaches.  ANDE chapters have been pairing up to host the learning communities and this learning community consists of two regional cross chapters, consisting of working groups from East and Southeast Asia and India.

Introducing #weforshe

#weforshe is a series of short videos posted onto our social media channels which summarize the key learnings and insights from our ANDE Asia Gender Learning Community sessions. The videos introduce one of our awardees or members so you can find out more about how they have incorporated gender lens into their work and how they have benefited from being part of our learning community.

Session 2: Sweef Capital’s Gender ROI™

This session introduced Sweef Capital’s Gender ROI™, a diagnostic measurement and management tool that is designed to support business, investment & development finance practitioners in assessing an enterprise’s commitment to diversity and gender equality. This is a forum allowing the audience to share inputs and best practices with respect to the 24 quantitative and qualitative indicators of the tool with the aim of addressing the biases and barriers women face in the workplace and marketplace.

Session 3: Sharing Sourcing Secrets by Bopinc and Bangladesh Angels 


This session provided participants with an opportunity to learn approaches that our session co-leads, Bopinc, an Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund (AWEF) awardee and Bangladesh Angels, a Gender Smart Investing Capacity Building Facility awardee, have adopted in finding, attracting and selecting women entrepreneurs to their programs

Step 1: Target Groups and Channels 

Step 2: Communication

Step 3: Selection

Session 4: Addressing Investor Bias, what will it take by Ragini Bajaj Chaudhary and Maya Chandrasekaran

Despite having a large body of research which says that
women founded enterprises run more capital efficient businesses, they still do not get the funding they deserve. Ragini and Maya spoke about how they created the Investor Equity Alliance to tackle this funding inequality.

Stay tuned for our fifth and final Gender Learning Community session!