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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.

Access to electricity – at any cost?


Sustainable Development Goal 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. Some progress has been made but Sub-Saharan Africa remains a challenge. International Energy Agency recently published data showing that, for the first time in modern history, the global population without access to electricity is below 1 […]

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Planting seedlings is only the first stage of growing a forest

Juho Uusihakala

The UN Climate Panel IPCC publishes tomorrow its highly anticipated report on the impacts of land use on the climate. Based on the panel’s previous reports, it should come as no surprise if the panel demands more efficient forest conservation and increment of forest area in this new report. These demands are nothing new, but […]

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Looking for synergies behind microfinance and impact investment

Ulla Huotari

Greetings from London and AFSIC! The annual event focuses on matching investors to investment opportunities in Africa. I was honoured to be invited to the panel discussion around impact investment and microfinance. I was also proud to represent the DFI’s point of view in general as we at Finnfund value our microfinance investments from impact […]

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Stronger focus on investing in fragile environments

Ari Nironen

Did you know that it is estimated that more than half of the world’s poor will be living in fragile states by 2030? That is why fragile states are at the core of development financiers’ (DFIs) mission to alleviate poverty. It is an important goal for us to provide sustainable, good jobs particularly for young […]

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Development investors and forest company executives huddle in snow-covered Finnish forest

Pauliina Halonen

As we today mark the International Day of Forests, there is plenty to be concerned about. Deforestation is still advancing at an alarming rate, particularly in parts of Africa and Latin America. Natural forests cannot carry much longer the pressure from growing unsustainable use of timber. But there is also hope: Time may be right for […]

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Goodbye to the indigenous forests of Africa

Ilkka Norjamäki

Unless there is a drastic change in our actions, it is highly likely that in a few years we will be saying goodbye to the indigenous forests in many African countries. That is why there is a demand for sustainably managed planted forests and Finnish forest management skills, writes Ilkka Norjamäki, Forester and Investment Manager […]

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