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.
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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.
As nations slowly recover from the pandemic, we must ensure mental health impacts are taken into account. In fact, the effect of augmented stress in past epidemics and natural catastrophes has been proven to have long-term disastrous consequences. In this article, we explore the many underlying reasons for higher stress levels due to COVID-19 and how to approach this from both an individual and public health perspective.
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.
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!
Today, decisions made will have a decisive impact in shaping a new form of normal. In this may edition of our Newsletter, we want to share with our readers concrete ways in which they can impact this future. In fact, we believe the finance community has a historic opportunity to make a real difference.
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
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.
At the beginning of 2020, our MHM team went on field visits to Ethiopia and Niger. Their findings will help structure a Development Impact Bond around Menstrual Hygiene Management in these countries, in collaboration with the French Development Agency and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
COVID-19 will leave a significant imprint on how healthcare is funded and financed, provided and consumed. In this article, we explore the potential investable models in a post-COVID-19 healthcare system and highlight six models as well as the role of government. We also confine ourselves to the South Asian healthcare ecosystem, and specifically India.