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Impact investor is never (completely) satisfied

Kaisa Alavuotunki

When you are in the business of impact investing and work on impact and sustainability, you can never be completely satisfied with your current stage. The industry has been evolving very rapidly from pretty niche do-good-businesses to credible and powerful mainstream investment strategies of large asset owners. The one who stays still gets rapidly pushed […]

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BII and Finnfund continue their support to women-led micro-enterprises in Pakistan through Kashf Foundation

Today, both British International Investment (BII), the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, and Finnfund announced their continuing support to Kashf Foundation (Kashf), one of the leading microfinance institutions in Pakistan. BII has committed $15 million US dollars while Finnfund has committed $10 million US dollars as follow on investments. In 2021, Finnfund and […]

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Gender-based violence and harassment can be difficult to identify

Lauri Etelämäki

Gender analysis is an integral part of each investment decision at Finnfund, and one of the aspects that we aim to mitigate is the possibility of gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in the potential investee company. It is one of the most harmful forms of gender inequality and unfortunately affects millions of women and girls […]

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How investing in digital infrastructure and solutions helps reduce the gender gap

Elina Happonen

Finnfund’s Digital Infrastructure and Solutions team was established only a couple of years ago, but we have a great spirit of getting things done and we have achieved a lot already during our first years of operation. We have identified three needs or issues that our investments seek to solve: 1) access to basic mobile […]

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Finnfund and FMO back SATYA MicroCapital with USD 35 million to make formal finance more accessible to women in India

Finnfund, the Finnish development financier and impact investor, and FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, have announced a USD 35 million debt funding to SATYA MicroCapital Ltd, a Delhi-based RBI registered NBFC-MFI which provides affordable microcredit to women from low-income households across the rural areas of India. Finnfund invested USD 10 million ECB facility, with […]

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Finnfund’s 15 million USD investment in Horizon Capital Growth Fund IV provides growth equity capital to Ukrainian technology and export-oriented companies

Kyiv-based Horizon Capital Surpasses its 250 million USD target at in-person signing ceremony with president Volodymyr Zelenskyy and investors Horizon Capital, a U.S. private-equity firm investing primarily in fast-growing tech and export-oriented companies in Ukraine, announced that its latest fund, Horizon Capital Growth Fund IV, has reached $254 million at its Interim Closing held today […]

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Finnfund invests in Wave, a mobile money provider bringing affordable services to Sub-Saharan Africa

Finnfund’s investment is a part of a financing package arranged by IFC. Other investors are Symbiotics, Blue Orchard, responsAbility, Lendable and Norfund. Mobile money service increases financial inclusion. The LDC countries where Wave operates record some of the lowest account penetrations globally and Wave’s service gives the customers access to affordable accounts and payment services […]

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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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OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I invests in food distribution platform Twiga to improve food security across Sub-Saharan Africa

OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I, the first global emerging markets impact fund in Finland, invests 3 million US dollars in Kenyan headquartered B2B e-commerce food distribution platform Twiga. OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I joins a group of investors, led by Creadev, in a financing package totalling 50 million US dollars. Twiga operates a […]

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Finnfund’s investment in digital connectivity increases access to internet in East, Central and Southern Africa

Finnfund provides a 12 million US dollar senior loan to Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group (BCS), a telecom infrastructure provider operating in several African countries. With Finnfund’s help as a key project investor, BCS is expanding its operations in East, Central and Southern Africa. The project increases reliability, accessibility and affordability of the internet when […]

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