The 2018 review of Gender Policy in investments broadens the policy’s scope to include all financial products and adds a rating to classify projects based on how they affect gender equality. All finance contracts abide by international UN and ILO standards regarding nondiscrimination in employment, equal remuneration and protection of maternity. In April 2018 a working group was created among Development Finance Institutions called the DFI Gender Finance Collaborative of which COFIDES is a founding partner.

DFI Gender Finance Collaborative


This group’s objectives include establishing clear and shared leadership and purpose in relation to improving the lives of girls and women throughout the world, increasing gender diversity in government bodies and the management of companies that are recipients of investment, and demonstrating that investment with a gender perspective can lead to social benefits over and above economic considerations.