The connection between domestic violence and investment risk is becoming clearer. The International Finance Corporation’s recent report, “Investing in Women: New Evidence for the Business Case,” highlights the relationship between domestic violence and productivity and, therefore, profitability within businesses. In the spring, Criterion Institute, collaborating with Global Fund for Women and Ms. Foundation created a strategy blueprint to provide a framework for thinking about designing approaches that intentionally use finance to achieve social change.

What would the future of Fiji, Vanuatu or Samoa look like if there were a 50% reduction in domestic violence? How would work patterns change? How might political stability shift? If this flagrant disregard of the law were no longer tolerated, would that shift the overall tenor of rule of law in these countries? Importantly, this shift is not necessarily causal but rather a barometer or indicator of other political and economic changes.

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