A sustainable global population in 2100 may depend on girls’ education

Women Rising The Malthusian apocalypse predicted in 1968’s Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich came and went. There is broad consensus that world population will reach about about 8.5 billion by 2030, from nearly 7.5 billion today. But there’s still a debate whether global population will level off at about 9.5 billion after 2050, or keep

Australia’s first Gender Equality Bond raises $384 million for ‘employers of choice’

Women Rising Australia’s first Gender Equality Bond has raised $384 million for ‘employers of choice.’ Funds raised from the National Australia Bank’s five-year gender equality bonds will be used to “refinance loans made to a portfolio of businesses” that are recognized by the Australian government for their commitment to boosting female leadership and closing the gender

Australia’s first Gender Equality Bond raises $384 million for ‘employers of choice’

Australia’s first Gender Equality Bond has raised $384 million for ‘employers of choice.’ Funds raised from the National Australia Bank’s five-year gender equality bonds will be used to “refinance loans made to a portfolio of businesses” that are recognized by the Australian government for their commitment to boosting female leadership and closing the gender pay gap.

Secha Capital makes first investment in woman-owned consumer goods startup

Women Rising Launched by former Bain & Co. consultants Brendan Mullen and Rushil Vallabh, Secha Capital in Johannesburg, has raised 35 million rand ($2.7 million) to make seven-to-10-year investments in early-stage, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and agribusiness ventures. The South African impact investment holding company took a minority stake in nativechild, also in Joburg, an

Small businesses in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to get $7 million from French development agency

Women Rising Small businesses in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire will receive $7 million from a French development agency. The Oasis Africa Fund, which invests in businesses offering healthcare, education, and financial services to vulnerable and underserved populations, scored a $7 million investment from AFD, the French development agency. The pledge is part of a €250

Tanzania emerges as a hub of African entrepreneurial success

Women Rising Tanzania is emerging as a hub of African entrepreneurial success. The East African country is often overshadowed by the continent’s other business power centers: Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. But it has seven of the top 30 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35, according to Forbes. Most of the top-ranked entrepreneurs have started

Karnataka launches “proof of concept” fund for women entrepreneurs

Karnataka has launched a “proof of concept” fund for women entrepreneurs. The state in southwestern India, home to tech hub Bangalore, created Idea2POC — for proof of concept — to help female innovators prove out their concepts, get certified and pilot their manufacturing processes. The Rs 10 crore ($1.5 million) fund is part of the state’s $333 million initiative