• Story - Omobola Johnson

  • 12.06.2019
  • We have a responsibility to develop the continent.

    I was very fortunate. I make no bones about it. I was born into a hard working family and had access to the best education available. Growing up, my parents were very clear that their children would not be raised as ‘children of privilege’; born with silver spoons in their mouths. All of us had to go out and make an impact in this world. Today, I know they would be proud of us and how we’ve channelled their earliest wishes for us all to be impactful.

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  • Cooperation agreement BIO & DEG

  • 24.05.2019
  • The Belgian and German development banks BIO and DEG join forces in infrastructure and enterprise projects, worth 120 million euros.From left to right: Franziska Hollmann, Ragnar Gerig, Peter Thimme (DEG) and Luuk Zonneveld, Carole Maman, Gaetan Herinckx, Jens Hutyra (BIO)The Belgian and German development banks BIO (Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries) and DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft) have already been working together on the joint financing of infrastructure and enterprise projects for many years. While in the past, this usually happened on an ad hoc basis, both parties have now formally signed a cooperation agreement on 24th May 2019 to increase the volume and number of joint financings and to improve the impact and efficiency of the development support provided to the private sector in developing countries.

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  • European development finance institutions bolster measurement of impact on SDGs

  • 17.05.2019
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    On 15 May, the 15 members of the Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) gathered for their Annual Meeting and launched a new initiative to deepen cooperation on responsible financing requirements and impact measurement. The European DFIs jointly manage a portfolio of app. $50 billion of impact-oriented investments in emerging and frontier markets. They will work on an accelerated time schedule towards common definitions and methods to measure impact on SDGs, with a focus on key impacts to which private sector enterprises contribute, including gender equality, job creation, reduced inequality, and fighting climate change.

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  • Story - Alexis Indenge

  • 16.05.2019
  • A desire to be an actor of change

    I am Alexis Indenge and I’m 54.I was born in Kinshasa and left for Belgium with my father when I was six years old, who went to further his medical studies there. I stayed in Belgium for 33 years. I lived there, worked there, until, in 2004, I got an opportunity to return to the DRC. Ever since, I’ve considered myself a returner. Although I studied and acquired my professional experience in Belgium, now that I am home, nobody looks at me differently. There’s no one in a meeting who can see that I’ve been away and that I carry a Belgian passport. I have no issues with being a Congolese Belgian, or a Belgian Congolese for that matter. In my mind, I know that I have come home. And professionally, having studied in Europe is an added value, as Europe’s professional approach is completely different, more result-oriented.

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  • Story - Abou Simbel Ouattara

  • 13.03.2019
  • You won't become an entrepreneur just by sitting around

    My journey was an unusual one, as I started out in life with just a simple certificate: a Brevet d'Études du Premier Cycle (BEPC). This allows you to perform a basic government job and that’s how I became a warehouse assistant at the National Cereals Office in Burkina Faso.

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  • Story - Beatrice Nkunku

  • 20.02.2019
  • I want to be close to the people who need me

    Our day clinic, Mutituni Hope, is located in a small village. The clinic is composed of a waiting room, a consultation room, a small lab and pharmacy. Next door we have a hairdresser, a gas station, a mini market, a boutique and a busy bus stop. That is what I really like: being in the heart of a community, close to the people who need me. The contact with these people, being part of their life and understanding their problems are the very reasons I started the clinic with Mark.

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  • USD 162.5 million syndicated loan to Access Bank Plc

  • 04.02.2019
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    Access Bank Plc announced that it has signed a Subordinated Syndicated Loan Agreement totaling USD 162.5 million.The facility has been arranged by FMO, the Dutch development bank, and is provided together with BIO (Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA/NV), Blue Orchard Microfinance Fund, CDC Group plc, DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH), Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd), Oikocredit (Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society U.A.) and European Financing Partners S.A, funded by the European Investment Bank acting on behalf of the European Community and Norfund (Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries). FMO acted as the Mandated Lead Arranger and will be the Facility Agent.

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  • Story - Myriama Adoum

  • 21.01.2019
  • My life was a nightmare

    I was born in a village in the area of Tillabery, South Niger. When I was four, my aunt took me to live with her family in Maradi. For the longest time, I believed my aunt was my mother. It was hell. My uncle was a policeman. He used to tie me to a tree before beating me with his belt. For all intents and purposes, I was working as a house servant. All the household chores were for me.When I was ten years old, my grandmother paid us a visit. She cried when she saw the situation. She gave me my birth certificate, explained to me who my real mother was, and enrolled me in school. Thanks to my her, I can now speak French.But after a few years, I had to go back to my aunt to work as a servant. It was horrible! I mean, who would ask a child to go out at 2 AM to buy you something, and send it back out when it came back empty-handed?It was during my stay there that I started to run away. All my teenage years were devoted to this: escaping. I dragged myself from one family to another. Some of them were nice to me, others horrific.

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  • Story - Julissa Rojas Flores

  • 12.12.2018
  • Many sleepless nights

    I’m living in Lima, the capital of Peru, and our society is dominated by men. We have a macho culture here.People are not used to seeing a woman at the head of a company. And it’s even more difficult when it comes to the operational part.You know, we make cardboard boxes and we have machines to do a lot of the work. The problem was that machines belong to the “natural domain” of men and our mechanics were reluctant to follow my orders. It really took some time before they understood that I knew what I was talking about and that they really got to trust me. When it comes to accounting, sales, marketing, and financing, it’s much easier. It’s acceptable for a woman to do these things, as they are considered to be much more feminine occupations.

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