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The Ariadne Podcast

Feb 10, 2021

The principles developed in green investing and Gender Lens Investing are now being re-purposed to support racial justice and progressive change for LGBTQI communities. “What’s going to be really powerful is we are able to leapfrog the thinking around racial equality work because of the work we’ve done on Gender Lens Investing,” says Suzanne Biegel, one of the pioneers in the field. “We’re all building on each other’s shoulders.”

In this episode we look at how this is being done, and equally importantly how these socially conscious investment models are also creating new revenue streams for NGOs and Civil Society, and handing them new tools to advocate with companies. We look at how the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in the USA has worked with an ethical investment house to create an investment fund thought to be the first of its kind that tracks racial diversity.

We also consider new work that is going on around finding effective data to include LGBTQI communities in impact investing.

This series of podcasts from Ariadne – the European Funders Network for Social Change and Human Rights takes you through the field of gender lens investing, explaining what it is, why it matters and how data underpins effective investing. In other episodes we also provide a guide on how to start investing with a gender lens, and look at how upheavals like COVID and Black Lives Matter are changing the possibilities in this growing field.

These podcasts were supported by funds from the European Commission. They were written and presented by Jo Andrews, founder and former director of Ariadne and co-founder of the gender lens data research specialist, Equileap. The podcasts were produced and edited by Bill Taylor of The Lark Rise Partnership.

Ariadne’s Learning Series on Gender Lens Investing was funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). Project title: INGENDER. Project number: 831633.

The content of this podcast series represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.