The SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund for Southeast Asia was launched in May 2017, in partnership with Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australia Government to catalyze inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in South East Asia.
The SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund will apply SEAF’s gender lens approach to make equity and quasi-equity investments of generally between $1 million and $2.5 million in women-led businesses in the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. SEAF will also seek co-investment on a case by case basis from its global Flex Accounts.
In addition to gender inclusion, the Fund’s investment thesis targets growth-oriented companies that can scale to produce commercial, risk-adjusted financial returns along with clear and measurable social and environmental impact. The Women’s Opportunity Fund will be sector agnostic, but is expected to make investments that involve other key impact themes beyond gender such as job creation, sustainable agribusiness, healthcare, education and environmental sustainability.
SEAF has established local investment teams in Vietnam and the Philippines and will work in cooperation with Sovereign’s Capital in Indonesia. The Women’s Opportunity Fund will be integrated into SEAF’s global investment organization and will comply with SEAF’s global environmental, social and governance standards. The local SEAF teams will also provide substantial post-investment support, particularly in the areas of financial management and governance.