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GGSF – Global Gender-Smart Fund S.A.


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted

Innpact United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #1 No Poverty Innpact United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5 Gender Equality Innpact United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth Innpact United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #10 Reduced Inequalities Innpact United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #17 Partnerships for the Goals

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 contribution

Innpact Fund Management S.A. was selected as the Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) as of 1st January 2024.

Triple Jump, Incofin and responsAbility are the appointed Portfolio Managers for the Fund.

Innpact Fund Management S.A. was also selected as the Technical Assistance Facility Manager and Impact Manager of the Fund.

Project Factsheet

  • 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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