Who Uses Equilo
Equilo's suite of tools are used broadly by bilateral donor agencies, development finance institutions, NGOs and consulting firms supporting them, the investment community, humanitarian actors, and private companies.
Check out Our Impact to explore how users are actively utilizing Equilo's products and tools to improve gender equality and social inclusion globally.
How Aid Agencies Use Equilo
The vast majority of international donors from OECDs have organizational policies, mandates, and guidance in place to ensure that all funding and investments include gender analysis and projects or activities are gender-integrated. In many countries such as the US and UK, this has been codified into law.
For gender specialists, program developers, and thought leaders at development agencies, Equilo subscribers benefit from using the GESI Contexual Analysis tool to:
Reduce their typical time and cost burden of manually aggregating and analyzing data.
Use time saved to divert to thought leadership and action, harnessing instant analysis for problem-solving, and sound evidence-based decision-making.
Push GESI analysis upstream to inform better decisions and increase global aid expenditure efficiency by using robust analysis sooner, before projects begin, to identify how to increase impact and minimize risk related to gender equality and social inclusion, creating efficiency in the way global aid is spent.
Improved Gender-Integrated Program or Activity Development
Users at aid agencies use Equilo to create new projects or initiatives specific to gender, identifying evidence-based challenges and gaps specific to thematic areas like GBV or digital inclusion. Users can quickly understand the breadth of challenges globally, in specific regions, or countries and design initiatives around this.
In addition, gender specialists at aid agencies are often called upon to consider challenges and opportunities specific to new projects or initiatives in specific sectors, such as energy or agriculture. Gender specialists use Equilo to quickly understand sector-specific GESI opportunities and challenges as part of strategic sector-specific planning and country development plans.
Strengthened Calls for Proposals with Better GESI Criteria
Once aid agencies have developed a plan for a project or activity, the next step is to release a call for proposals to solicit proposals from potential implementing partners from the public, private, and academic space. Gender specialists within aid agencies are typically called upon to review the agency's solicitation to ensure GESI considerations are adequately embedded into the solicitation, and appropriate GESI criteria are outlined for potential partners to respond to.
The more specific the gender analysis is at this stage, the stronger the call for proposals is, signaling to potential partners the sector- and country-specific nuances related to GESI that require attention, thought, and budget. Equilo helps users to instantly access this information to integrate into better GESI-integrated calls for proposals.
How Consulting Firms and NGOs Use Equilo
The vast majority of international donors from OECDs have organizational policies, mandates, and guidance in place to ensure that all funding and investments include gender analysis and projects or activities are gender-integrated, whether it is an energy, infrastructure, agriculture, or GESI-specific project. In many countries such as the US and UK, this has been codified into law. Consulting firms and NGOs support aid agencies to implement projects that often require gender analysis and integration, both in responding for calls for proposals, as well as into project design and implementation when a project is awarded.
For gender specialists, business development officers, and program managers at implementing partners such as consulting firms and NGOs, Equilo subscribers benefit from using the GESI Contextual Analysis tool to:
Reduce their typical time and cost burden of manually aggregating and analyzing data to comply with gender analysis and action plan development at project start-up.
Use time saved to divert to implementation, harnessing instant analysis for problem-solving, and sound evidence-based decision-making, and action planning to hit the ground running.
Better plan, budget, and monitor GESI impacts by using robust analysis sooner to identify how critical GESI challenges and opportunities, ensuring that is integrated upstream into overarching project work plans, M&E plans, and budgets. This, in turn, increases likelihood of success on delivering planned impact results and minimizes GESI risks to the project.
Strengthens business development efforts by having country- and sector-specific GESI analysis at business development officer's fingertips, enabling rapid evidence-based understanding of the GESI context. Business development time can be reduced on research, and spent developing a sound, data-driven winning proposal.
Strengthened GESI-Integration in Business Development Efforts to Win Work
Users at implementing partners use Equilo for Business development efforts. When a call for proposal is released, rather than wasting time doing research on GESI gaps and strengths, proposal writers can instantly access information to ensure compelling, specific GESI analysis and solutions are offered to meet proposal criteria. The more specific proposals are on showcasing the knowledge of GESI constraints and proposed solutions, the more successful the bid will be.
Improved Data-Driven GESI Analysis and Integration in Project Design and Implementation
GESI analysis is a foundational first step to sound project design, work planning, and project management. Equilo jumpstarts the work, which is often time-bound, that implementing partners typically do during start-up to develop a GESI analysis, saving time and money gathering research, and providing synthesized, analyzed, easy to understand to help formulate sound action plans, and requisite budgets and M&E plans to implement. Equilo supports comprehensive, high quality analysis for planning and implementation.
How Humanitarian Organizations Use Equilo
Humanitarian and relief organizations must rapidly respond to natural and manmade disasters. The community is well-aware of the critical need to integrate GESI analysis and planning into response, with standards on how to do so across sectors. However, there is often a critical challenge in rapidly mobilizing, assessing GESI challenges, and integrating this into response.
For gender specialists and humanitarian program officers, Equilo subscribers benefit from using the GESI Contextual Analysis tool to:
Reduce their typical time and cost burden of manually aggregating and analyzing GESI data for a particular country, across sectors.
Use time saved to divert to emergency response and action, harnessing instant analysis for problem-solving, and rapid gender integration into decision-making and planning.
Push GESI analysis upstream to inform better decisions and increase humanitarian aid expenditure efficiency by using robust analysis sooner during emergency response to identify key threats and risks, including GBV and other safety concerns, to better protect impacted populations and create efficiency in the way humanitarian aid is spent.
Faster Rapid GESI Analysis in Emergency Response
Users who are responding to an emergency need to conduct a GESI analysis to assess risks, threats, and opportunities for affected populations. Equilo helps users to instantly and cost-effectively access the latest comprehensive GESI data nationally in impacted countries. This provides users with a strong foundation to build upon, quickly understanding the context to pivot to primary data collection activities.
Improved Safety and Protection Action Planning for Vulnerable Popuations
Instant, comprehensive understanding of the GESI context supports strategic decision-making of humanitarian actors to tailor cultural- and context-specific action plans. With suggested What Works to consider, in concert with the most up-to-date GESI analysis data available for a country, responders can spend less time researching and more time taking strategic action.
How DFIs and Investors Use Equilo
Development finance institutions from OECD countries have mandates and commitments to ensure a gender lens is applied to all of their investments in low- and middle-income countries. The 2X Challenge has committed billions of dollars to invest in women. Funds, social impact investors, and others in the investment space are increasingly realizing the return on investment gender lens investing has and integrating criteria into their portfolios and deals.
For investment officers, fund managers, and analysts, these Equilo subscribers benefit from using the 2X Assess & 2X Deals tool to:
Efficiently analyze a specific potential investee utilizing gender lens 2X investment criteria as part of pipeline/ sourcing/ pre-screening, and due diligence in an automated, efficient way. More time can then be spent by investment officers making sound investment decisions and jumpstarting action-oriented conversations with potential investees to solve gaps.
Monitor the progress of current and potential investees in making progress toward set 2X Criteria intentions and targets.
For investment officers, fund managers, and analysts, these Equilo subscribers benefit from using the GESI Contextual Analysis tool to:
Strategically target new investment initiatives in specific regions, countries, and sectors, harnessing the power of Equilo's global analysis and heat mapping in real-time to identify where there are low, medium, and high-risk markets to consider from a GESI perspective.
Reduce their typical time and cost burden of manually aggregating and analyzing GESI contextual data during screening and due diligence processes to assess the landscape in a particular country or sector for risk and investment readiness (e.g. Weak laws and policies that do not support women entrepreneurs, or limiting knowledge and beliefs that present challenges for women must be taken into a consideration as a key risk).
Use the time saved to divert to support investees to take action, harnessing instant analysis for problem-solving, and sound evidence-based decision-making, sharing contextual analysis with potential or current investees and making action plans to address critical risks and challenges.
Improved Data-Driven GESI Analysis and Risk Assessment During Due Diligence with Instant Contextual Analysis
GESI analysis is a foundational first step to gender lens investment. It forms a critical part of the due diligence process to understand potential risks or threats to investing a specific country or sector. Equilo jumpstarts the work, saving time and money gathering research, and providing synthesized, analyzed, easy to understand landscape analysis for analysts and investment officers to better assess risks and opportunities in a given country or sector.
Faster Analysis of Investees for Due Diligence in Real-Time
DFIs and investors are able to use 2X Assess, the investment industry standard for the 2X Criteria, to assess GESI dimensions of current or potential investees. The investee will complete the online survey, with prompting to upload validation documents. Responses are automatically analyzed, in concert with the country and sector landscape analysis, so that investment officers and investees may both instantly view challenges and strengths and begin discussing investment readiness and action plans from a gender lens perspective.
Improved Strategic Targeting of Countries and Sectors for Gender Lens Investments
Users who are DFIs and investors use Equilo to understand the GESI challenges and risks in specific regions, countries, and sectors with the open-source Global Analysis tool. This supports sound decision-making on targeting gender-lens investment efforts
How Private Sector Companies Use Equilo
Private companies and organizations are increasingly understanding the value of diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplaces, as well as better developed, tailored, and marketed services and products. As well, diverse and equitable companies and organizations who integrate gender equality and social inclusion internally and across their value chain have a better opportunity for potential investment. For example, development finance institutions from OECD countries have mandates and commitments to ensure a gender lens is applied to all of their investments in low- and middle-income countries. The 2X Challenge has committed billions of dollars to invest in women. Private funds, social impact investors, and others in the investment space globally are increasingly realizing the return on investment gender lens investing has and integrating criteria into their portfolios and deals, as well as increasingly viewing companies that do not have equitable practices throughout their value chain.
For business owners, organizational leaders, and HR professionals at private companies and organizations, these Equilo subscribers benefit from using the 2X Assess tool to:
Efficiently analyze their own organization or those in its supply chain from a GESI perspective utilizing Equilo's 2X Assess tool that assesses a company or organization's specific investee and analyzes gaps and strengths in real-time against country- and sector contextual data. This can support internal decision-making, but also can support getting investment-ready.
Secure investment from investors interested in funding 2X eligible and gender smart companies when completing 2X Assess and opting into being listed in the investor's deal matchmaking pipeline.
Use time saved to divert to support investees to take action, harnessing instant analysis for problem-solving, and sound evidence-based decision-making to improve processes, policies, and practices to strengthen their company or organization across its value chain.
For business owners, organizational leaders, and HR professionals at private companies and organizations, these Equilo subscribers benefit from using the GESI Contextual tool to:
Develop targeted and strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives and projects, based on evidence-based needs specific to countries and sectors.
Reduce their typical time and cost burden of manually aggregating and analyzing GESI data to assess the landscape in a particular country or sector for risk and opportunity for their company (e.g. understand their talent pipeline, workforce, customer needs, and market; identify opportunities and constraints that exist more broadly to inform talent outreach and talent development, as well as product and service development and marketing efforts).
Improved Company Risk Assessment and Market Insights with Instant Contextual Analysis
GESI analysis is a foundational first step to assessing a company's position and risk in a specific market. This is also critical to understanding the context for strategic marketing and customer outreach or sales, as well as product development tailored to users. Equilo jumpstarts the work, saving time and money gathering research, and providing synthesized, analyzed, easy to understand landscape analysis for analysts, business development officers, and decision-makers to better assess risks, opportunities, and marketing potential in a given country or sector.
Faster and More Cost-Effective Analysis of the Organization for Strategic Planning and Investment
Users who are companies use the 2X Assess tool for themselves and companies in their supply chain to automatically assess their company against the industry standard 2X Criteria, set targets to become more gender smart, and view relevant country and sector landscape analysis. This is the foundation for beginning strategic action planning to improve equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout the company's value chain. This can also strengthen the company's market position and help them attract investors when opting in to being listed in the 2X Deals matchmaking pipeline where gender smart investors are looking for their next deal.