Lenses – like a gender lens - do not change reality. They just allow us to see what’s happening more clearly. They simply show us patterns, and then allow us to use those patterns to do a more careful, more appropriate, more comprehensive analysis to see what might happen - including unintended consequences. In this episode, we look at two examples of unintended consequences in the field of innovative finance, in which seeing more clearly would lead to better outcomes. The first segment focuses on the classic example of microfinance, which is often talked about in gender lens investing as one of the areas which could have benefited from a more thoughtful approach - how might we see the unintended consequences in microfinance? The second segment features Joy in conversation with Criterion’s Tia Subramanian, on the hidden consequences of passport requirements.  


Episode Highlights:

  • Intro
  • Microfinance Succeeded in Putting More Women in Debt
  • Passport requirements

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