Our impact

BIO invests directly and indirectly in SMEs in developing countries and makes a structural contribution to the socio-economic growth of those host countries.

Our impact
Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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BIO Development Goals

BIO Development Goals

BIO uses its ex-ante development assessment tool to structure and document the development rationale of any given investment. This is done by judging how the investment will score on the BIO Development Goals (BDGs).

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Environmental & Social Management

Environmental & Social Management

We aim to have a positive impact on the local communities where it invests, including through decent and safe working conditions, respect of human rights and environmental sustainability. While investments may bring such positive outcomes, they may also have adverse environmental or social effects if not properly managed.

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Our Carbon Footprint

Our carbon footprint

Every year, an independent consultant tallies BIO’s own CO2 emissions (office heating, air travel, paper usage, etc).

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Gender

Gender

The Belgian Development Cooperation regards gender equality as a matter of fundamental human rights and of social justice and integrates it as a transversal topic in its policies, strategies and actions.

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Digital Survey

Digital Survey

BIO did a comprehensive screening of its financial institutions on the strategic priorities and challenges on the level of digitalisation.

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Theory of Change

Theory of Change

The Theory of Change (ToC) has a purpose to provide a comprehensive description of BIO’s contribution to the 2030 agenda. BIO’s ToC has been completely revised to integrate the SDGs and sets out the logic of BIO interventions, by outlining linkages between inputs, outputs, outcomes and finally (expected) development impacts, i.e. inclusive and sustainable economic growth, in line with SDG1.

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External Evaluation

External Evaluation

Every year, BIO commissions an external evaluation of at least five of its on-going or completed investment projects to gain insight into these investments' development effects and effectiveness, and implement the conclusions into our work. You can find the summaries and the management responses to the reports here.

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