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.
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There is an imperative to transform food systems under a changing climate, but sustainable investments are not at scale yet
This blog is part of a series for the Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate initiative. It describes one of the 11 priority actions for transforming food systems outlined in the initiative’s flagship report, launching 25 June 2020.
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?
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.
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
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.