If you want to know more about our newest partner, Kartik Desai, this interview at CSR Box is the place to start. Kartik shares with us his professional journey and his insights on the impact investment landscape in India. Then, he tells us how business, government and the private sector can work together, fostering blended finance initiatives.
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Our partner, Serena Guarnaschelli, was invited to exchange her views about the innovative finance industry with Sam McManus, Director of Uxolo Development and Impact Finance. She touches on key topics such as the role of public and blended finance for development purposes, the progress of climate finance and the role of the Sustainable Development Goals to align different actors.
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.
Kois is pleased to announce that Mr. Kartikeya Nitin Desai is joining us as Partner to lead the firm’s advisory business across the Asian region based out of our offices in Mumbai, India. Kartik is a seasoned development finance leader with 17 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, venture capital and economic policy and is considered a pioneer of impact investing in India.
2020 was an unexpected year for all. Many of the communities we serve struggled, but we also witnessed a great resilience in the world of impact. This resilience, is what we want to share & celebrate with you as we end 2020 and jump into 2021.
As we pen down our thoughts, India continues to navigate uncharted territories as tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases emerge daily. Primary care centres and workers – particularly those in urban areas – have been stretched to maximum capacity to deal with the crisis. A robust primary healthcare system is crucial to tackling health emergencies such as this one. A more potent, resilient, and inclusive healthcare system must emerge from the current crisis. We must take concrete actions to drive this change forward now.
The prevalence of mental health disorders is increasing steadily in India, yet expenditure does not seem to follow. The low proportionate funding is exacerbated thereafter by the underutilisation of funds and several systemic issues along the patient journey. However, impact finance could play an important role in scaling up mental healthcare models.
Putting impact at the heart of financial strategy is a growing trend. From international commitments such as the Business for Inclusive Growth initiative from the OCDE, to more concrete cases as the one we present in this article. At KOIS, we are happy to see these becoming a real part of how finance is done on a global scale. The latest example to date? A Social and Environmental Impact loan from the 2nd largest French Bank. This new offer aims to valorise the social or environmental engagement of its clients in the real estate and social housing sector.
We are happy to announce that the NGO CARE France has been selected by the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Dévelopement, ‘AFD’) to lead a consortium of service providers with the objective to implement Menstrual Hygiene Management (‘MHM’) interventions in Ethiopia.
KOIS, a pioneering global impact finance firm, is looking for new talent to join its pre-MBA Analyst programme in Mumbai, India! Interested in having a concrete impact while building strategic financial skills? Apply today!