UNICEF looks to test its child-lens investing framework

Assessing whether an investment harms or contributes to the wellbeing of children is the humanitarian organization’s goal

Why It Matters

Most investment decisions made by private markets directly and indirectly affect children. But unlike other beneficiaries who can organize and lobby, children are underrepresented in investing analysis and decision-making.

Nearly a year after UNICEF launched its Child-Lens Investing framework, the humanitarian organization is now looking for asset owners and managers to test it. A UNICEF report defines Child-Lens Investing (CLI) as a strategy focusing on “children as intended beneficiaries and affected stakeholders and the elevation of positive child impact – either directly or indirectly – as an objective.”

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