Caspian Debt, a debt provider to professionally managed small and mid-market companies and startups, has been awarded the 2X Flagship Fund status by the 2X Flagship Fund Committee. Caspian Debt’s candidature was proposed by its existing investors Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V (FMO) and United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), based on its three-year track record of exceeding the investment commitments to 2X qualified companies, as well as on the gender diversity of its team.
As a 2X Flagship Fund, Caspian Debt has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with FMO and DFC to accelerate its efforts in reducing gender finance gap. The partners will collectively encourage gender-smart investing, underscoring their commitment to advancing gender balance and inclusivity within the financial sector.
In FY23, Caspian Debt fulfilled the requirements of the 2X fund status by surpassing the indirect criteria requirement by 170 per cent, with over 50 per cent of our companies meeting the 2X criteria. This commitment is further reflected in the company’s workforce, where women make up 40 per cent of the total employees and hold 50 per cent of the senior management positions.
Avishek Gupta, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Caspian Debt, said, “We are proud to be selected as the 2X Flagship Fund, which strengthens our commitment to gender smart investments. Funding with a gender lens requires a deliberate approach of integrating gender sensitivity throughout its process of investing which includes sourcing, evaluation, documentation, and disbursements. We have always been intentional about our approach and will continue to honour our commitments. Through the MoU with FMO and DFC, we have joined forces to not only commit to continue gender-smart investing but also to drive more gender equitable growth.”
Jaap Reinking, Director, Private Equity, FMO said, “In our 2030 Strategy, FMO is committed to increasing gender lens investments as a means of driving our ambitions on SDG 10, Reduced Inequalities. We are proud to partner with Caspian Debt, whose record on women’s economic empowerment and efforts to demonstrate the commercial and social benefits of valuing women, has now also been recognized by selection as a 2X Flagship Fund.”
The 2X Challenge is a multilateral initiative with the ambitious objective of deploying and mobilising unprecedented amounts of capital to support funds that empower women as entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, and consumers of products.
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