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  • Story - Eric Van den Bosche

  • 12.09.2018
  • It's about long-term commitment and lasting relationships, about win-win partnerships.

    I started off as a corporate banking relationship manager in a Belgian bank, first focusing on small and medium enterprises, later on larger companies. After a number of years, however, I realised that this kind of work, while being an interesting experience and definitely paying the bills, lacked a certain something and that I was looking for more purpose in my professional life. That’s why, 8 years ago, I joined the Private Equity Funds department of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries, a company which, next to profit, also cared about the two other Ps: People & Planet. The content of my job was not (just) about making money; it was about helping companies in emerging markets in their development and supporting them in their growth. It was about long-term commitment and lasting relationships, about win-win partnerships.

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  • Relationships with local communities are critical

  • 11.09.2018
  • An interview with Mr Ole Sand and George McPherson of ASFFII

    In April 2018, BIO invested USD 5 million in the Africa Sustainable Forestry Fund II (ASFF II), a private equity fund that helps fill the growing gap between the supply and demand of forestry products in Africa through investments in sustainable forestry plantations and processing facilities. The fund will hold a portfolio of innovative forest management projects in rural areas of Africa, bringing a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits to the surrounding communities.ASFF II is a 10 year closed-end investment fund that will invest in forestlands and forestry-related companies across Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund had an initial closing with USD 81 million and it expects to reach its USD 150 million target in 2019.

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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 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 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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  • 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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  • E&S Management and Green Lending Workshop

  • 21.06.2018
  • From the 19th to the 21st of June, 9 African and Asian Financial Institution clients of BIO came together in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for a a 3-day E&S management and Green Lending workshop.  

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