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COVID-recovery financing facilities aim to bridge capital gaps for small and growing businesses

A spate of efforts have arisen to prevent the emerging markets' small businesses sector from collapsing, which would decimate the enterprises, the funds that have backed them, and the impact they're having.

How gender power imbalances put the COVID recovery at risk (podcast)

Power is the thread that connects the surge in gender-based violence during the COVID crisis with violence against people of color, including by police officers. “Power is the issue: inequity and structural inequities that affect people in all sorts of different ways,” Criterion Institute’s Joy Anderson said in an interview on ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment

ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund awards $1.2 million

ImpactAlpha, June 1 – ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund, backed by USAID and the Visa Foundation, sought innovative ways to bridge the estimated $320 billion annual gap in access to finance for women-led small and growing businesses in developing countries. Eight winning programs, out of more than 180 applicants, will each receive up to $150,000

Lessons Learned: How Liberia and Sierra Leone rebounded after the Ebola shutdown

ImpactAlpha, April 30 – A health crisis shattered families, quarantined communities, closed borders and shut down businesses. Lenders pulled in their horns, figuring shellshocked borrowers would default on their loans and they would be unable to make new ones. They were wrong. When BRAC Microfinance returned to Liberia and Sierra Leone after the months-long shutdowns