Why Equilo

Gender equality is both a human right and a precondition for catalyzing development and lifting communities out of poverty.

Gender equality also fuels economic growth by improving outcomes and mitigating risk.


Equilo gives you the power to incorporate customized best practices for gender equality and social inclusion into your project planning, investment decisions, or implementation--all at your fingertips.  

Why gender equality matters

Empowered women contribute to healthy and productive families, communities, and nations. The UN recognizes the importance of gender equality in its Sustainable Development Goals. SDG 5 defines global and national commitments to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, while all other SDGs integrate gender equality as an integral part of the solution.

150 million people

Gender equality in agriculture production can increase output by 30%, feeding more people

Source: FAO

9% increase

Potential for a woman’s earnings if her marriage is postponed until adulthood

Source: UNWomen

1 in 10 girls

120 million girls worldwide have experienced forced intercourse or other sexual acts, most commonly perpetrated by intimate partners

Source: UNICEF

5% loss in GDP

Cost to global GDP  due lost productivity and direct expenditure as a result of reported cases of sexual violence against women and intimate partner violence


And there's a business case

Understanding gender inequality constraints to economic growth and company success allows corporates, investors, and fund managers to achieve desired investment outcomes and increase revenues while also reducing investment risk.

EPS up 37%

Companies with 3+ female board members had median increase in EPS of 37% compared to peers with no female board members, which showed negative results for the same 5-year period

Source: MSCI

$285 billion

Financing gap due to 70% of women-owned SMEs in the formal sector in developing countries who are unserved or underserved by financial institutions

Source: World Bank

$160 trillion

Loss in human capital wealth due to gender inequality

Source: World Bank

Gender Lens Investing

Gender Lens Investing assets surpassed $2.2 billion as of November 2017

Source: Bloomberg

The global gender analysis challenge

Most development and emergency response organizations, as well as private companies and investment funds, recognize the need for gender equality and social inclusion analyses to improve the targeting and effectiveness of their efforts. These analyses help ensure that investments make the greatest impact across communities, countries, and companies by reducing unintended consequences, improving results and efficiency, and embedding change through innovation.

Early, action-oriented social and gender analysis is vital to tackle gender inequality and improve efficiency and results across all sectors, but there are challenges.

Time constraints
Budget constraints
Demand outpaces supply

Social impact

Equilo supports organizations and project teams in using globally validated indicators* to measure change in social inclusion, gender equality, and women’s empowerment.

*Source: Data2X

Time spent on unpaid care work
Maternal Deaths Per 100,000 Live Births
Early marriage and adolescent birth rates
Share of adult women with a formal financial account


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Small Business Innovation Research  

2019 Grant Awardees

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