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Care Economy

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A domestic worker traveling by train in Mumbai, India. © Helena Schaetzle/laif/Redux
Care work done by women is vital to our society and economy, caring for our children, elderly, and homes. Yet, this work remains insecure, undercompensated, often unpaid. We invest in areas that strengthen protections and opportunities for care workers, advancing economic justice and agency for women around the world.

Objectives

  • Increase total public and private investment flows into care infrastructure in focus countries.
  • Improve pay, safety, and ability of paid care workers in focus countries.
  • Decrease (via investment in select services and markets in focus countries) time and effort that women spend on unpaid care and domestic work.
  • Increase access to affordable childcare and long-term care for lower-middle-income households. 

Criteria

Key Geographies

  • Colombia
  • South Africa
  • India

Sectors

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Household services

Type of Business Entity

Private sector for-profit and social enterprises, social impact bonds, and investment vehicles that provide one or more of the following goods and/or services:

  • Organize, upskill and/or provide decent care work and benefits for care workers
  • Fill the gap in social infrastructure for direct care provision 
  • Labor-saving technologies and services
  • Increase access to worker-centric flexible work arrangements


All investments are aligned with Open Society’s grant giving and advocacy to strengthen protections and opportunities for care workers, and advance economic justice and agency for women around the world.

Investments List

  • Date:  Case Study