The world’s largest emerging market isn’t a country or region; it’s the world’s women.

DFC’s 2X Women’s Initiative is committed to addressing the unique challenges women face globally and unlocking the multi-trillion dollar opportunity they represent. Through 2X, DFC has catalyzed more than $7 billion of investment in projects that are owned by women, led by women, or provide a product or service that empowers women and the agency is working to mobilize an additional $12 billion by 2025. DFC also applies a gender lens to every project it considers to help ensure that women will benefit.

Under 2X, DFC has also enhanced its focus on reaching women in regions of the world where they face particular challenges to full economic empowerment. Through 2X Africa, DFC has committed to catalyzing $1 billion of investment in Africa’s women. To build on the agency's longstanding commitment to the region, DFC aims to catalyze $1 billion of investments in women across the Middle East and North Africa through 2X MENA. Additionally, DFC has mobilized millions of dollars of investments in women across Latin America and the Caribbean through 2X Americas. Under the initiative, the agency has surpassed its initial $500 million goal and committed, in collaboration with Citi, to catalyzing an additional $500 million of investment in the region’s women.

DFC’s 2X Women’s Initiative has also inspired peer development finance institutions around the globe to collaborate through the 2X Challenge, which has recently announced a new $15 billion target for gender-lens investment after surpassing its original goal by 100 percent.

DFC's investments are helping advance the Build Back Better World (B3W) Initiative, which aims to mobilize private sector capital for infrastructure projects in four key areas: climate change mitigation and adaptation, global health, gender equity and equality, and information and communications technology.