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  • Z-Return on Development-Episode 10

  • 13.07.2018
  • Sustainable Development Goals

    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 10th and final episode returned to the Sustainable Development Goals and briefly introduced the SDG Frontier Fund. It featured interviews with Pieter Timmermans (VBO/FEB), Luuk Zonneveld (BIO), Katrien Yde (Truncus) and Gerd Philippaerts (BIO) and aired on the 12th of July on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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  • Story - Henri Paul Ilondo Bompenze

  • 10.07.2018
  • Life doesn’t have to end. Even after we die. What we do, what we’ve done, will continue after our death.

    I’m Congolese, born of Congolese parents. They were poor. They didn’t have the means to send me to college, so my dad gave me two bags of fufu [central African staple food] and two goat heads to sell. He hoped this would help pay for my education.It was not sufficient, but did shape my future: I got a taste for commerce. Sadly, he passed away before my business, Gérant de l'Eternel became successful. He saw the start, but wasn’t able to benefit from it. However, his wife and children did, as well as his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Life continues. He lives on.

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  • Z-Return on Development-Episode 9

  • 06.07.2018
  • Risk Management

    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 9th episode focused on the risks and challenges inherent in investing in developing countries, and the best ways to manage them. It featured interviews with Paul Lippens (Finasucre), Philippe Croonenberghs (Texaf), and Bart Coenegrachts (BIO) and aired on the 5th of July on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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  • Z-Return on Development-Episode 8

  • 29.06.2018
  • Investing in Infrastructure

    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 8th episode focused on infrastructure and its importance in unlocking the potential of developing countries. It featured interviews with Luc Bertrand (DEME, Ackermans & Van Haren), Johan Willemen (Willemen Groep), Gillian-Alexandre Huart (Tractebel) and Camille Fronville (BIO) and aired on the 28th of June on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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  • Cocoa, Ghana's new gold

  • 26.06.2018
  • Article on Niche in De Morgen

    De Morgen, in the framework of a special segment on Sustainable Economy, interviewed Edmund Poku, founder and managing director of Niche Cacao Industry. To read the original article, in Dutch, please click here.7 years ago, BIO granted a € 4.7 M loan to cacao factory Niche Cacao Industry in Ghana. This permitted the chocolate processing company to grow. Together with Edmund Poku, managing director, we’ll take a look at how things are going.

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  • Z-Return on Development-Episode 7

  • 21.06.2018
  • Belgian players

    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 7th episode focussed on the opportunities for Belgian Companies. It featured interviews with Thibault Relecom (Unibra), Vincent Bia (BIA Group) and Gaëtan Herinckx (BIO) and aired on the 21th of June on Kanaal Z / Canal Z.

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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.