Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: Innovative finance at the service of Menstrual Hygiene Management

Half of the world’s population experiences menstruation, yet, for many, it still brings about shame, medical issues, and even influences school performance!

In honour of Menstrual Hygiene day, KOIS is highlighting the impact Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) interventions can have.

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Improving access to education through Income Sharing Agreements: A promising tool to be managed cautiously

Improving access to education through Income Sharing Agreements: A promising tool to be managed cautiously

In recent years, Income Sharing Agreements (ISAs) have appeared as a high-potential solution for addressing the hurdle of financing education. But will they truly revolutionize the way education is funded?

In this article, we will look at what ISAs are and which issues they solve. We will also address the legal and ethical questions they raise, and how blended finance could be a very relevant tool to offer an adequate response.

Medical Equipment for Belgium: Importing mouth masks and other medical supplies to Belgium in corona times

Medical Equipment for Belgium: Importing mouth masks and other medical supplies to Belgium in corona times

A couple of months ago, a group of motivated Belgian individuals including our founder Francois de Borchgrave set out to help bring desperately needed medical supplies to Belgium, in a fast efficient way. They named themselves “Medical Equipment for Belgium (MEB)”. By putting to use their contacts in the medical and finance world, MEB was able to bring over 130 000 FFP2 masks (with 500.000 more under way), 226 000 pairs of gloves and 50 000 medical gowns, all passing the required quality tests!

We all want a fairer, more sustainable ‘new normal’. How do we pay for it?

We all want a fairer, more sustainable ‘new normal’. How do we pay for it?

We all want to see a fairer, more sustainable future emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. In this situation, private investors have a historic opportunity to make a real difference.

How can we help them achieve the highest possible social and environmental impacts? In this KOIS opinion piece, we bring forward Innovative Finance responses to some of our world’s most pressing challenges.

2020 Learnings from the field (2/2): Setting up solar facilities to support health centers in Africa

2020 Learnings from the field (2/2): Setting up solar facilities to support health centers in Africa

In Africa, many health centers operate with an unreliable energy source, affecting greatly healthcare quality. Solar4Health, a UNDP initiative, sets up solar facilities to power health centers. KOIS went to Liberia, Namibia, Malawi and Zambia to better grasp the field reality and which innovative finance mechanism could best help scale up S4H’s activities in Africa.

CNBC: Op-ed: Two-thirds of our team is autistic. That’s helping us survive the coronavirus

Auticon was the first company in Germany to employ people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as IT consultants. Today, they are present all over the world, including the US, and their employees’ particularity is what helps them survive the coronavirus crisis.

KOIS invested in Auticon in 2012, when it had only 7 consultants. Today, we’re happy to see that companies such as Auticon, with a dual objective of profit and impact, are able to keep having an impact during the COVID-19 crisis.

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