Caren provided research, facilitation and insights, working in collaboration with and under the leadership of Criterion Institute, to produce “Investing with an LGBTQI Lens: Rethinking Gender Analysis Across Investing Fields,” a new guide on investing to further the rights and empowerment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals. The report can be found here.
Caren, working with Aimee Russillo of Liseed Consulting, supported the Fair Trade USA team to develop their refreshed theory of change. This included drafting and facilitating workshops to help frame up the theory and underlying assumptions. The Fair Trade USA Theory of Change can be found here.
On behalf of the Argidius Foundation, Enabling Outcomes developed SME ecosystem mapping reports for target geographies for the foundation. Argidius uses these reports as valuable tools in developing strategies for their engagements. The mappings give a contextual overview of the corresponding country and shed light on the challenges and opportunities for SME development and poverty alleviation. In addition, the reports inventory organizations that can help build local capacity and catalyze and accelerate SME development and growth.
These reports are public to promote and encourage cooperative and productive relationships among different organizations in this field.
To access the reports for Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Uganda, click here.
This project used theory of change techniques and methodology to help inform the first draft of Forest Stewardship Council’s Global Strategic Plan. Work included designing and facilitating a 2-day workshop with the FSC Board as well as preparation calls and debriefs with Board committees.
After three years working to accelerate 25 early-stage inclusive fintech startups in emerging markets, Caren coached the Catalyst Fund team to reflect on what they learned. Through a process of coaching they were able to identify successes and mistakes, and refined their approach to be the preferred accelerator partner to fintech companies. The report highlights the program’s successes and shortcomings, while providing actionable insights into what works and what doesn’t to spur fintech innovation that reaches underserved communities. Read the report here.
DGGF set out to identify where and how it is currently reaching female entrepreneurs, and to gain a better understanding of what capital providers can do to better serve female entrepreneurs’ financial needs. The research focused on what could be learned by concentrating on the SMEs financed by the funds in which DGGF has invested. Working with Enclude Solutions, Caren co-researched and co-authored this report. Insights are drawn from interviews with female entrepreneurs, fund managers and institutional investors. The report can be accessed here.