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Finnfund blog consists of articles by our experts and guest stars on various themes around development finance, developing countries and sustainable investing aiming to find solutions to global challenges.

Fast-growing agribusiness companies in Africa excel in resilience, innovation and harnessing technology to increase productivity

Johanna Raehalme

It’s been two years since Finnfund, FMO and IFC arranged the first ever African Cheetahs event, bringing together the “Cheetahs”, executives of Africa’s most promising, fast-growing agribusiness companies. So much has changed since then: we have all made our way through two years of challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic and these years have not only […]

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Listen to your stakeholders

Kirsi Pere

In order to make good, smart decisions, we must have a thorough understanding of the changes in our operational environment and listen to our key people. This was the main idea when we started to work on our stakeholder survey. We wanted to know what our key people – such as our owners and other […]

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SDG 5: A telecommunications operator’s best practices for promoting gender equality

June Hossel Delfaud

Sustainable development means ending discrimination towards women and providing equal opportunities for education and employment. According to the experts, gender equality and women empowerment has been conclusively shown to stimulate economic growth, which is fundamental, especially in countries with higher unemployment rates and less economic opportunity. Founded in 2010, BCS is a wholesale telecommunications operator […]

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We are biodiversity

Seela Sinisalo

Biodiversity has risen to the current sustainability discussions alongside climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation. It is increasingly clear that biodiversity risks are material and relevant to businesses both in developing countries and in the developed world. In early 2021, The Economics of Biodiversity: The Das Gupta Review underlined our dependence on the natural […]

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Client protection in microfinancing is part of financial inclusion

Riikka Thomson

Microcredit and microfinance refer to very small loans for individuals or micro-businesses. In some context, it refers to other services as well such as micro-insurance, micro-pensions, micro-leasing, and even micro-savings. More importantly, it is about providing access to formal financing and participation for people in need of money to set up or expand their businesses. […]

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Learning to understand (and manage) climate risks

Seela Sinisalo

Floods, typhoons and tornados, forest fires, drought, and extreme heat. Extreme weather conditions have become part of our daily news. As the drastic effects of climate change become more evident, financiers, such as Finnfund, must learn to understand and live with the risks. Understanding the climate risks is particularly important because nearly all our portfolio […]

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Even if you never stopped, it’s time for a restart

Noah Law

What a year it’s been – the global pandemic has not been easy for many – but, whilst my colleagues were stuck at working from home, I was fortunate enough to be expanding my network across the developing world through the MBA programme at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. With the world slowly opening up, it’s […]

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CFO’s insight into Q3: Navigating through challenging times

Olli Sinnemaa

The COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges in the global economy are not over yet. However, I am happy to see that at Finnfund we have been able to navigate through these challenging times. In Q3, our activities remained at high level: Since the beginning of the year 2021, Finnfund has made 22 new investment decisions, worth […]

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Digital banking transformation is no longer an attractive option for banks but crucial for survival

Kuutti Kilpeläinen

Financial inclusion aims individuals and businesses to have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs. As World Bank highlights, a transaction account is a first step towards broader financial inclusion. Once people have bank accounts, they are more likely to use other financial services, such as credit and insurance. […]

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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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