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KOIS Newsletter – Scaling innovative and impactful business models with sustainable financing

While not-for-profit and social organizations play a crucial role in our society, they often struggle in scaling their operations & impact. More than ever, we need to help these impact-driven organisations to attract new and sustainable sources of funding.

In this newsletter, we present our thoughts and finding on how to help scale innovative & impactful business models.

Scaling innovative and impactful models: Case study #1 – Eyecare clinics in the DRC

Scaling innovative and impactful models: Case study #1 – Eyecare clinics in the DRC

Many impact-driven organizations play significant roles in promoting a fairer and more sustainable world. However, they often face considerate struggles in scaling up their operations & impact, and attracting new sources of funding.

Over the years, KOIS has worked with many organizations to help them in their scale-up process. Today, we present a first case study: assisting Light for the World in the scale-up plan of their ophthalmologic centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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.

A solar-power gold rush is taking over Africa. How can we ensure hospitals & schools are not left behind?

A solar-power gold rush is taking over Africa. How can we ensure hospitals & schools are not left behind?

Solar energy seems to be the ideal solution to address Africa’s electrification challenge. Yet, while private investments in solar projects and companies are increasing in Sub-Saharan Africa, public facilities such as hospitals, schools or police stations seem to be left out of the current solar gold rush. Can blended finance bring a solution through coordinated public-private partnerships?

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!