Girl Effect or Girlwashing? How to Keep a Powerful Idea From Going Off the Rails

Back in 2008, a coalition of funders put out the call… There was a linchpin, a lever, an untapped well of power and potential for solving the world’s most pressing problems–and we were missing it. That unstoppable force, they said, was a teenage girl. If you haven’t seen the 2-minute Girl Effect video manifesto (or

Afripads: Keeping Girls in School Every Month

To get a chance, girls need education. But millions of girls in Africa skip up to one school day out of five. One reason: Many can’t afford or don’t have access to the sanitary products they need when they menstruate. At least partly as a result, drop-out rates climb sharply once girls reach puberty. In

Three Gender Lenses Bring Women Into Focus for Impact Investors

Access to capital. Workplace equity. Products and services that affect the lives of women and girls. In “The Rise of Gender Capitalism” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Sarah Kaplan and Jackie Vanderbrug cite Root Capital, Village Capital and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as examples of three distinct but interrelated lenses that can

Ebola Outbreak Challenges ‘Liberty & Justice’ in Liberia

“This Ebola crisis shows that the risk of investing in Liberia is nowhere near as risky as not investing in Liberia,” Chid Liberty says in an interview with Root Capital’s Willy Foote on Forbes.com. Liberty is a Liberian social entrepreneur who as a boy fled with his family to the United States during Liberia’s civil

Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise Around the World

Women’s entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point. The question is: Is it just a passing media fad that will soon be a blip on the radar screen, or is it actually a real, fundamental economic force that’s reshaping the world? I think it’s safe to say that it’s the latter. Women-owned entities in the

Women are Hot…Investments

Janet Yellen, Christine Lagarde and a handful of U.S. senators notwithstanding, women are still underrepresented in the world of finance. So it was a reversal earlier this month to be one of the few men among nearly 100 women investors, wealth advisors, bankers and analysts gathered to reshape global financial markets through a “gender lens.”