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In February 2020, SEAF Vice President Katharina Inkiriwang attended the AVPN Southeast Asia Conference in Bali - “Leveraging the Power of Networks” - which brought together a diverse array of stakeholders. With all conferences canceled for the foreseeable future, we look back at this event...

Transformative Interventions in SMEs through Gender Focused Entrepreneur Ecosystem Development and the Gender Equality Scorecard© SEAF pursues gender equality and women economic empowerment to deliver on its mission of “Improving Lives and Communities through Entrepreneur-Focused Investment” as the organization understands the critical role of SMEs as...

Gender equality is an enabler and accelerator for virtually all the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). Gender equality is a goal in its own right (SDG5), but cuts across all 17 SDGs and is reflected in 45 targets and 54 gender-specific indicators (UNDP, 2019). Women's Economic...

March 9, 2020 - Skopje, North Macedonia - On February 27th, 2020, SEAF Vice President Viktor Meshkov participated in the first start-up conference organized by PWC “Pitch.Match.Grow”, discussing some of the most important issues around start-up investing in North Macedonia, providing feedback to the...

Using Gender Lens Investing to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Development Invisible Barriers Women constitute half the population but have long been overlooked as entrepreneurs, employees, and consumers, particularly in developing countries such as those in Southeast Asia, the focus of SEAF’s Women’s Economic Empowerment work....

Our first post focuses on Jan Cherim, SEAF’s European Hub Managing Director for Business Development, based in Amsterdam. Jan has been involved in emerging and frontier markets finance for decades, frequently involving agribusinesses. Jan has been working in recent months with various organizations dedicated to...

“The business of business should not be about money,” writes Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop. “It should be about responsibility.” This was how a report in Financial Times began this past week. The article, which discussed the increase in the number of ESG exchange-traded...