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Year selected: 2021

Electric mobility is a question of health and it needs investments to develop

Helena Teppana

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion where investors gathered to discuss the risk profile of investing in charge points. Having worked with investments in developing countries for the past 20 years, it was refreshing to discuss with investors whose focus is elsewhere than the emerging markets. We discovered a […]

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CFO’s insight into H1: Keeping up the good work

Olli Sinnemaa

The holiday season is over, nevertheless, I feel inspired when looking back over the past six months: 17 new investment decisions and 12 new investment agreements, a new statement on climate and energy, and a new global commitment to raise a further USD15 billion for gender-smart investments. And so forth. Despite the challenges caused by […]

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Capturing adaptation opportunities

By Anne Arvola and Juho Uusihakala, Finnfund; Mikko Halonen, Gaia Consulting Oy; and Linda Rosengren, Natural Resources Institute Finland The article has originally been published in The catalytic effects of DFI investment – gender equality, climate action and the harmonisation of impact standards by ODI. Abstract The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) definition of climate adaptation highlights […]

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Discovering outcomes in gender-lens investing

By Juho Uusihakala, Finnfund; Ilona Mooney, Work Ahead; and Nilah Mitchell, 60 Decibels The article has originally been published in The catalytic effects of DFI investment – gender equality, climate action and the harmonisation of impact standards by ODI. Abstract Gender-lens investing has quickly become a priority for many development finance institutions (DFIs). The 2X […]

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Thoughts left by 2020, part 1: Global thinking becomes more relevant after the pandemic

Harold Gordillo

The year 2020 not only marked our lives forever, but it also made us think about our current living habits and how sustainable is our life on this planet. More than a year ago, back in February 2020, I was not aware that my last “in person” monitoring mission for 2020 was taking place at that precise moment.  I was leaving […]

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The great digital divide – investing in access, inclusivity, and equality

Minna Kuusisto

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a new wave of technological enthusiasm. Businesses and policymakers are imagining the post-COVID world where physical location, thanks to digital connectivity, loses importance. Surely, if this is the case, then we could solve some of the most complex issues of our time? A teacher in Finland could educate […]

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Digitalisation, healthcare and climate risk are key topics in inclusive insurance

Ulla-Maija Rantapuska

Last year, Finnfund made its first investment in the insurance sector by providing a USD 7.5 million loan to Softlogic Life Insurance PLC in Sri Lanka. I remember participating the onsite Due Diligence the last week of February 2020 very well, as it turned out to be my last business trip for a while. The […]

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Managing environmental and social risks is a key part of impact investing

Seela Sinisalo

There is a lot of buzz about sustainable finance, responsible investment, sustainable investment, ESG investing, impact investing and environmental and social impacts of investments. All this is diverse terminology aimed at communicating the positive changes and developments an investment can have. Depending on the perspective, slightly different things are meant by the different terms. As […]

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Searching for a meaningful job attracts job seekers to impact investing

Katja Koski

Lately, I have encountered many news and studies about the growing trend of people, especially the younger generation, wanting to have a meaningful job and how many organisations put a lot of effort into helping their employees fully understand the importance of their work. As an HR manager, I have read hundreds of job applications […]

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