Education and Employment related news

$14m Development Impact Bond for refugees launches in the Middle East

$14m Development Impact Bond for refugees launches in the Middle East

KOIS and its partners the IKEA Foundation, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Norad, the U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and Ferd are thrilled to announce the first tranche of a new Development Impact Bond (DIB) for refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. This will fund a micro-enterprise creation programme, delivered by the Near East Foundation UK, to help refugees and vulnerable host communities recover their livelihoods and build their resilience.

Impact Expansion announces its first investment in Potential Project

Impact Expansion announces its first investment in Potential Project

Impact Expansion acquired a minority stake in Potential Project. Potential Project partners with large, purpose-driven organisations to help their leaders and employees uncover the power of mind and create more resilience, innovation, engagement at work, with lower stress levels and reduced burnouts.

A Development Impact Bond to lift women entrepreneurs out of poverty

The Industree Foundation envisions a world in which millions of producers rise out of poverty by building sustainable livelihoods in creative manufacturing. To achieve this, they recently partnered with USAID and with KOIS to define how to sustainably finance their POWER project.

Creating a safety net for India’s migrant workers

India has seen one of the strictest and longest lockdown due to the COVID-19. The lockdown has significantly affected India’s migrant worker population. While India’s government set up a relief package of nearly $23 billion specifically for migrant workers and the urban poor, the conditions keep many from availing these benefits. Could impact finance help?

De Tijd: Time to opt for sustainable investments

In this opinion piece, Solifin expresses the need for public authorities to create a framework promoting the financing of investments with a positive impact on the environment and society.

Le Soir: 5 years of financing for coding school BeCode

In June 2020, KOIS and Actiris launched their third impact bond together focused on employment. This time, the impact bond will support BeCode, an innovative coding school. In honour of the launch, Le Soir, a Belgian news outlet, interviewed the impact bond parties for this article.

Joint Belgian Impact Investors ALTERFIN, BIO, BRS, INCOFIN, INPULSE, KAMPANI, and KOIS call for action to respond to COVID-19 in developing countries

Joint Belgian Impact Investors ALTERFIN, BIO, BRS, INCOFIN, INPULSE, KAMPANI, and KOIS call for action to respond to COVID-19 in developing countries

As we slowly recover from the pandemic, Belgian Impact investors wish to issue a call to action. The lockdowns have lead to a loss of income in the informal sector, being the primary source of income in developing countries. We must take action now to cooperate in addressing this crisis. In this context, We call upon all dedicated actors, public or private, to connect with us, to mobilize resources and to join us in our response.

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.