GGSF – Global Gender-Smart Fund S.A.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted
Description of the Project
The Fund aims to strengthen the provision of gender-smart and responsible financial services to underserved women, women-owned or women-led businesses in developing markets, with the aim to improve livelihoods, increase gender balance and outreach, and promote women’s leadership.
Since its inception in 2009 as an emergency response vehicle to the global financial crisis, the Fund has successfully provided liquidity to the microfinance sector across the developing world. Over the years, the Fund’s role has evolved to serve the changing needs of the microfinance sector. Building on this historical positive outcome, and with the intention to enhance the Fund’s focus on an area with clear additionality, in 2024, the Fund turned its attention to a key priority within financial inclusion that warrants special focus: gender-smart investing and responsible finance.
“Gender-smart” or “gender-lens” investing is defined as the use of capital to simultaneously generate financial return and advance gender equality. It integrates gender analysis into financial analysis, for example to assess gender segmentation of the portfolio.
Innpact Fund Management S.A. was selected to be the Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) in 2023 and worked with the initiators of the fund to be appointed as the AIFM of the Fund towards the beginning of the year 2024. Triple Jump, Incofin and responsAbility are the appointed Portfolio Managers for the Fund.
- Name: Global Gender-Smart Fund S.A., SICAV-SIF
- Inception: February 2009
- AIFM: Innpact Fund Management S.A.
- Portfolio Managers: Triple Jump, Incofin Investment Management & responsAbility Investments
- Sector: Financial Services
- Geographic Focus: Global Emerging Markets
- End‐Beneficiaries: Underserved women, women-owned and women-led businesses in developing countries
- Financial Instruments: Private Debt
- Type: Luxembourg S.A., SIF
- SFDR Classification: Article 9
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