Updated May 30, 2019

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equilo harnesses machine learning and artificial neural networks to transform gender equality and social inclusion by delivering customized analyses, recommended actions, and project management tools instantly.

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Rachel Doyle

Stage 2: Research & Development

A gender analysis and action plan (GAAP) is a requirement by many international aid donors for development projects. This is something that equilo's co-founder, Jessica Menon, has been doing for the last 13 years.

Focus Areas:

Gender Equity, Data/Analytics and Technology

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Most development agencies require gender analyses in order to improve the targeting and effectiveness of their projects & investments. However, procurement delays, shortage of experts, and manual data collection lead to major delays. As a result, planning and budgeting takes place without early-stage gender considerations. Ultimately, the intended beneficiaries--disproportionately women and girls--are excluded and suffer from a reinforced or widened gender inequality gap.



Equilo is an app that produces customized gender analyses, evidence-based actions, and data collection tools in under 72 hours. This automated solution accelerates integration of social and gender analysis into development, emergency response, and investment while reducing costs and lead times. Based on 9 user inputs, our algorithms harness context-specific data to create a customized gender analysis and action plan, guided by a rigorous social and gender analysis framework.

Target Beneficiaries

Equilo aims to improve society for all of us through the acceleration of gender equality. We all benefit from a more fair, more equal society. Gender equality amplifies both social and economic impacts as is recognized in the UN Sustainable Development Goal #5.The immediate customers are B2B and B2G (e.g., government agencies, NGOs, DFIs, social impact funds, private fund managers, corporates, etc.). By making

Mission and Vision

Gender equality is both a human right and a precondition for catalyzing development and lifting communities out of poverty. We believe that early, action-oriented gender analysis is vital to tackle gender inequality and improve efficiency and outcomes.

Accelerating gender equality.
Catalyzing change.
Amplifying impact.

Innovation Description

Equilo’s proprietary algorithms map gender-based constraints, opportunities, interventions, and indicators across a breadth of outcomes and a range of sectors. Guided by a rigorous gender analysis framework, it then provides a set of analytical findings and recommended actions based on evidence and innovation – all accessed through a secure user-specific or project-specific dashboard.

Additionally, Equilo is equipped to receive direct input from participatory data collection, which means that analysis and actions can be updated in real-time with a refreshed GAAP based on the data collected. This gives agility to the project or investment managers enabling them to be proactive rather than reactive to local needs. This can also be used to monitor results over the project duration.

Equilo’s analyses are fueled by the unique Super GRL (Gender Resource Library), housing tens of thousands of robust, validated global databases, rigorous qualitative research, and alternative data sources that show promising or innovative practice. Super GRL is an exhaustive, comprehensive asset that aggregates leading edge research in a single platform. It also offers free public access to promote learning and sharing. Practitioners are able to submit new resources for review and inclusion, ensuring that Super GRL is continually updated with fresh validated research and data.

Competitive Advantage

This is a manual, and often academic, exercise, which does not achieve the intended results. While the value is recognized, the execution has been lacking. Today’s practice has the following pitfalls: a) delivering an academic report on the status quo gender context without actions and b) delivering an actionable report, but the time it takes to do so means delivery is after project planning and budgeting. In either case, this becomes a “check-the-box” exercise without execution. Both of these outcomes are a considerable waste of resources and a missed opportunity. Productizing and automating this manual process puts the information and decision-making power in the hands of the user. It enables them to convert analysis into action during the planning phase and yield better results for the project and the impacted communities.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are currently working toward a functional MVP for the WASH sector, which we would like to expand to include the full infrastructure sector. Once complete, we can take this direct to market to begin generating revenue to support the expansion into other sectors.
Funding Goal450,650
New Implemented CountriesGuatemala, Haiti, Malawi, Lebanon, Philippines, Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Syria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan

The Team Behind the Innovation




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