Investing that takes into consideration gender-based factors across the investment process to advance gender equality and better inform investment decisions, also known as Gender Lens Investing (GLI), has been gaining attention and traction. According to a recent survey from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, 67 percent of global asset owners identify gender diversity as an area of interest within their investment portfolios.1 GLI investing considers gender-based factors across the investment process to help advance gender equality and better inform investment decisions. This includes private investors in developing market infrastructure projects, who are just beginning to consider and integrate best practices on gender considerations into project implementation.
The GIF too, as a collaboration platform, actively encourages and supports the incorporation of gender in the planning, design, construction, and delivery of infrastructure services. The GIF is working to integrate gender-related considerations in infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs) and translate them into practical measures. To better support GIF’s growing portfolio of gender-tagged projects, and in recognition of the relatively sparse guidance on how to accomplish women’s inclusion in the challenging and complex environment of infrastructure PPPs, GIF in collaboration with PPIAF and IFC has been working to create a set of knowledge and advisory products on these issues.
1 Sustainable Signals Individual Investors and the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2021.