KOIS Newsletter – We all want a fairer, more sustainable ‘new normal’. How do we pay for it?

May 7, 2020
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.

Dear friends,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and safe.

In the past month KOIS has strongly focused on studying how finance could concretely contribute in solving this crisis. We shared several opinions and ideas with our network: from defining investable models in health post-COVID-19, to exploring the role of private capital in resolving this crisis.

Today, we believe the finance community has a historic opportunity to make a real difference.

As we are seeing the gradual lifting of lockdown measures around the world, global actors must make key decisions to help populations rise from this crisis. The fight is far from over and the decisions we make now will affect generations to come. Global decision-makers are building a new normal. We believe innovative finance can ensure it is a fair and sustainable one.

How? We explored specific domains such as healthcare, job accessibility, and accommodation for low-income populations. In these, we highlighted concrete ways in which you, as part of the impact community, can truly help shape the future we creating. Through Impact Finance, investors, donors, global and local organizations, corporations, and more can help define our new normal.

These ideas are summarized for you in our latest opinion piece: “We all want a fairer, more sustainable ‘new normal’. How do we pay for it?”. As you read through, we hope the potential of innovative finance inspires you as it does for us.

We also encourage you to join us in the discussion and reach out with your own ideas! In fact, if the COVID-19 crisis has made one thing clear, it is that we are strongest when working together.

For the KOIS team,

François de Borchgrave, Charles-Antoine Janssen, Serena Guarnaschelli,
KOIS partners

sustainable new normal

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.

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Since our first investment in 2010, we have focused on creating a measurable societal & environmental impact, as well as delivering attractive returns for our investors. Discover how we managed to serve this dual impact-profit objective in our 2019 Impact Report.

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