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  • Annual Report 2017

  • 15.06.2018
  • The Annual Report 2017 has now been published. In this report, we present some financial data on our portfolio, as well as a deeper look into the story of some of the people behind those data.Excerpt from the foreword:Whereas late February temperatures in bustling Dakar are still around a pleasant 20 degrees, once you drive out north-east into Senegal’s Sahel it quickly gets searingly hot thanks to the blinding, scorching sun. Ideal conditions, in other words, for the country’s biggest solar energy plant. I am driving there together with Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel and Vice-premier and Minister for International Development Alexander De Croo. As we leave the tarmac and rumble down a dirt track, we see thousands of solar panels looming in the distance....You can download it below. In this report, we present some financial data on our portfolio, as well as a deeper look into the story of some of the people behind those data. Excerpt from the foreword: Whereas late February temperatures in bustling Dakar are still around a pleasant 20 degrees, once you drive out north-east into Senegal’s Sahel it quickly gets searingly hot thanks to the blinding, scorching sun. Ideal conditions, in other words, for the country’s biggest solar energy plant. I am driving there together with Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel and Vice-premier and Minister for International Development Alexander De Croo. As we leave the tarmac and rumble down a dirt track, we see thousands of solar panels looming in the distance....

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  • Z-Return on Development-Episode 6

  • 15.06.2018
  • Human Relations

    BIO, in cooperation with Kanaal Z / Canal Z, has created a series of 10 episodes around Impact Investing, called Z-Return on Development. These episodes can be watched every Thursday to Friday on Kanaal Z / Canal Z, and will be available for viewing on the BIO website after. The 6th episode focussed on the importance of partnerships and human relations when doing business. It featured interviews with Luc Bertrand ( Ackermans & Vanharen, DEME), Anna Grabowska and Naweza Muhaya (BIO) and aired on the 14th of June on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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  • Business as an answer to global challenges

  • 14.06.2018
  • Gerd Philippaerts, Fund Manager at BIO, writes about Sustainability, the Sustainable Development Goals and their importance in business. Read the entire article (in Dutch) here.

  • Story - Richard Fernandes

  • 12.06.2018
  • Empowering people is what counts.

    Most people come to do a good day of honest work. That’s why you have to ask yourself why things go wrong. It’s not about who is the problem, but what is the problem. It’s a question of trust. Thanks to this attitude people can grow. Our motto is We grow people, our people grow flowers. That’s what’s really important. Your people are number one, not your customers.

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  • Z-Return on Development

  • 08.06.2018
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    Episode 5 - D4D

    BIO, in cooperation with Kanaal Z / Canal Z, has created a series of 10 episodes around Impact Investing, called Z-Return on Development. These episodes can be watched every Thursday to Friday on Kanaal Z / Canal Z, and will be available for viewing on the BIO website after. The fifth episode featured interviews with Minister Alexander De Croo, Frédéric Pivetta (Dalberg) and Marie Polge (BIO) aired on the 7th of June on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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  • Z-Return on Development

  • 04.06.2018
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    Episode 4

    BIO, in cooperation with Kanaal Z / Canal Z, has created a series of 10 episodes around Impact Investing, called Z-Return on Development. These episodes can be watched every Thursday to Friday on Kanaal Z / Canal Z, and will be available for viewing on the BIO website after. The fourth episode, featured interviews with Claire Tillekaerts (Flanders Invest & Trade), Etienne de Callataÿ (Orcadia Asset Management) and Carole Maman (BIO) aired on the 31st of May on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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  • Compulsary ethical codes for all NGOs

  • 28.05.2018
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo asks the three Belgian Oxfam organizations to reinforce their integrity management on a number of issues. An external audit following the sexual abuse scandal in the British branch of the organization lies at the origin of his initiative. He announces an integrity charter for the whole NGO sector which will oblige every NGO to draw up an ethical code, to install a confidential contact point and to organize integrity formations.

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  • Z-Return on Development

  • 25.05.2018
  • Episode 3 - Development

    BIO, in cooperation with Kanaal Z / Canal Z, has created a series of 10 episodes around Impact Investing, called Z-Return on Development. These episodes can be watched every Thursday to Friday on Kanaal Z / Canal Z, and will be available for viewing on the BIO website after. The third episode, focused on Development Impact and featuring interviews with Luc Tayart de Borms (King Beaudouin Foundation), Steven Serneels (Kampani) and Pierre Harkay (BIO) aired on the 24th of May on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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  • Z-Return on Development

  • 18.05.2018
  • Episode 2

    BIO, in cooperation with Kanaal Z / Canal Z, has created a series of 10 episodes around Impact Investing, called Z-Return on Development. These episodes can be watched every Thursday to Friday on Kanaal Z / Canal Z, and will be available for viewing on the BIO website after.Every episode will deal with a different aspect of impact investing. Some episodes will focus on the general theme, with examples of opportunities and challenges, whereas others will be centered on specific projects and goals, and will touch upon different facets of BIO, its projects, mission and partners. The second episode, focused on Frontier Markets and featuring interviews with Bruno Colmant (De Groof Petercam), Wim Vermeir (AG Insurance) and Carole Maman (BIO) aired on the 17th of May on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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  • Story - Alhaji Moritala Agali

  • 14.05.2018
  • If you don't find a job, you have no other choice than to be a trader

    I am Hausa. I was born in a village in the area of Tahoua, in the centre of Niger. My father was an influential marabou and my mother a housewife. I have eleven brothers and sisters. My father has two wives. I have never been to school. At the time, there was no school in our village. But nowadays, schools are everywhere. Till now, I’m not able to read or to write.

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