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Finnfund investments in gender equality 2019-2021

Finnfund is committed to investing 105 million euros in businesses that advance gender equality. These gender investments will be made in 2019-2021.

The amount is one half of the 210 million euro loan issued to Finnfund by the Finnish Government in 2019. We will invest the other half in climate projects.

Finnfund applies the 2X Challenge criteria to its gender investments. The 2X Challenge calls for the G7 and other DFIs to collectively raise 15 billion USD for gender-lens investment by the end of 2022.

105 million euros by the end of 2021

Commitments as of 31 December 2021 (starting April 2019)


Investments in gender equality 2019-2021

Gender investments on a world map

According to UN Women, women’s economic empowerment is central to the realisation of women’s rights and gender quality. Development financiers play an important role in channeling funding to gender investments.

Finnfund is part of the international Gender Finance Collaborative and one of the founding members of 2XCollaborative that aims to increase the volume and impact of capital directed towards women’s economic empowerment. Our own gender statement drives us to invest in businesses which boost women’s economic independence, entrepreneurship, leadership as well as their position and role in the marketplace. Read more here.


Examples of investments in gender equality

Advans boosts women’s careers and entrepreneurship

Advans currently serves over 1 million clients with a staff of close to 7,500 employees in nine African and Asian countries; Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tunisia and Myanmar.

Annapurna offers microloans for poor women in rural India

Annapurna Finance offers microloans and related financial literacy education, mainly to poor women in rural India. This is Finnfund’s first project eligible for the 2X Challenge, which is an initiative by the G7 countries aimed at mobilising USD 3 billion to finance businesses that promote the status of women.

Accelerating female leadership in Asia

Finnfund’s investee BOPA is funding and developing microfinance institutions in Asia and has recently joined the 2X Challenge. One of BOPA’s portfolio companies, Asian Credit Fund LLC, is led by Zhanna Zhakupova, one of the few female leaders in the financial sector in Kazakhstan.

Penda Health saw something special in Esther Mwikali

When Finnfund assesses the gender equality in the portfolio companies, Penda Health always stands out: nearly 70% of their staff are women. Women can be found at all levels in the organisation. This is a story of Esther Mwikali who joined Penda Health in 2015 and now works as an Area Manager.