Project profile — ARISE- Advancing Research and Investment


The Aspen Institute
2021-10-07 - 2025-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (20.00%)
• America, regional (20.00%)
• Middle East, regional (20.00%)
• South and Central Asia, regional (20.00%)
• Far East Asia, regional (20.00%)


• Other Multisector: Multisector aid (43010) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to achieve greater positive impact of gender lens investments on education, safety, employment, and other development outcomes for women, girls, and non-binary individuals in developing countries. Project activities include: (1) Creating a GLI training program and complimentary resources for a cohort of organizations with expertise on gender and/or local investment context, including women's rights organizations; (2) Developing tools to guide GLI field, including women's rights organizations and local civil society, in implementing an improved research approach; and (3) Engaging global networks to facilitate collaboration on the implementation of best practices for gender lens investing. A consortium of the Aspen Network Development Entrepreneurs, Criterion Institute, and 2X Global implements this project.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased influence of women’s rights organizations and local civil society in developing countries to participate in investment decision-making processes; and (2) increased effectiveness of women’s rights organizations and local civil society in developing countries to translate their data and expertise to investment analysis.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $700,526
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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