Ghana ClientAbout MEDA

A non-profit international development organization, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) creates business solutions to poverty. For over 60 years, MEDA has designed and implemented innovative and effective market-driven programs around the world. Our private sector solutions catalyze the earning potential of millions of disadvantaged women, men and youth, integrating them into viable economic systems. Founded by a small group of business people, our aim is to achieve inclusive, sustainable, scalable and measurable outcomes. MEDA is recognized as a global leader in blended finance and impact investing, inclusive financial services, market systems, rural and agricultural development, gender equality mainstreaming, women’s economic empowerment, youth workforce development and green growth. You can learn more about MEDA at meda.org

About the GEM Framework

From pioneering the development of the microfinance industry to originating breakthrough business service models for women in fragile states, MEDA has been at the forefront of integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment with innovation in private sector development.

Building upon this expertise, MEDA recently launched its GEM Framework for assessing and improving performance of companies in gender inclusion and women’s economic empowerment. The GEM Framework, funded by USAID, was designed for and tested on Sarona Asset Management’s investments – that is, local private equity funds and their portfolio companies in emerging and frontier markets. Participating companies reported better analysis of the positive relationship between financial performance and gender, and expect to achieve business outcomes as a result of implementing gender mainstreaming strategies.  The GEM Framework offers a suite of tools for companies to upgrade business operations by mainstreaming gender across environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas. This alignment with the ESG investment standard promotes adoption in an industry that is increasingly ESG-compliant

Contact Us

Please send an email to Devon at dkrainer@meda.org.