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Whether you are part of a foundation working to end domestic poverty, a women’s rights organization promoting gender equality in government policy, a not-for-profit building sustainable housing in Asia, a donor agency that wants to invest in people who can better translate and bridge between gender and finance, or an impact investor who wants to incorporate gender analysis, TOOLKIT is designed to help you tackle your sticky problems in a safe space while simultaneously learning about and experimenting with ways you might use the systems of finance as a tool for social change.

While TOOLKIT was originally designed as part of an in-person workshop, we have posted the card deck on our site for easy access. If you are interested in a private TOOLKIT workshop, please email us to learn more.

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Alice Through the Gender Investing Lens

April 7, 2016

This poem was inspired by a wonderful quote used by both Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama in their speeches: “the arc of the moral universe — of history — is long but it bends toward justice…”

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Our History: Gender Lens Investing

From the beginning, Criterion has played a significant role in establishing the field of gender lens investing. We began with (re)Value Gender, which built key research methodology that bridges gender expertise and finance expertise and creates a space for leaders to practice, build insight, and produce evidence. We looked for examples of bias in investments, where gender patterns were undervalued and, as a result, risks and opportunities missed.

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State of the Field

July 28, 2016

The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing report was published in October 2015. This groundbreaking piece of research culminated from Criterion’s many years of field building and relationship cultivation through sixteen innovative Convergence gatherings.

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Value the future of equality
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Shift Narratives in innovative finance
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Gender Lens Investing

February 12, 2024

The "Gender Lens Investing" champions a holistic approach towards integrating gender equality into financial systems, underpinning the belief that finance can and should be a force for social good.

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6 Areas of Activity

January 30, 2024

The purpose of Criterion Institute is to expand who sees themselves as able to use finance as a tool for social change. At the core, we are changing “how” social change happens. As a result, over the past 20 years, Criterion has had a significant focus on our “how.”

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Web3 Solutions for Social Change

January 8, 2024

In recent years, a variety of financial innovations enabled by Web3 and blockchain technology have emerged as transformative forces, aiming to challenge the status quo and address the systemic inequities ingrained in traditional financial systems.

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