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30/07/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard announces strong first half year impact and results amid Covid-19 pandemic

– BlueOrchard increased its reach, and is now providing access to financial and related services to more than 39 million individuals with low-income in emerging and frontier markets as of June 2020. – The InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF) Private Equity Sub-Fund held its final closing

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29/07/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard announces USD 80 million final closing of the IIF Private Equity Sub-Fund

Zurich, 29 July 2020 – Swiss impact investment manager BlueOrchard Finance Ltd (BlueOrchard) is announcing the final close of the InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF) Private Equity Sub-Fund, a first of its kind initiative to improve access to climate insurance across the developing world. The fun

24/07/2020 | Publications
Convergence
Japan ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund Case Study

Japan ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund (JAWEF) is a blended fund that provides loans to microfinance institutions (MFIs) that serve female entrepreneurs in the ASEAN region and beyond. Learn how blended finance is mobilizing institutional capital towards gender-lens investing in Convergence case study.

16/07/2020 | Media Coverage
Funds Europe
Education: A funding machine that drops change

Gaps in social infrastructure are leaving children without access to good-quality education – so, how are investors changing this? Romil Patel reports from Cape Town and London.

03/07/2020 | Videos
BlueOrchard Market Update: Emerging Markets Impact Investing Q2 2020

In the second quarter, we saw the continuous effects of the coronavirus on markets with global GDP expected to decline -5.2% in 2020. On a positive note, we’ve seen a rebound in risk assets and an increase of optimism due to ease of lockdowns, medical developments, and stimulus measures. While the

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25/06/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: a cautious return to normality for the microfinance sector

On a recent webinar, Sébastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF), Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, and Normunds Mizis, Chief Credit Officer, shared an update on the current situation for microfinance investing and their cautious optim

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11/06/2020 | Covid-19
BlueOrchard Expands its Technical Assistance Offering

Impact investors play a crucial role in responding to the Covid-19 through the provision of liquidity and response to urgent needs. A broad impact investment response to the pandemic will help build the resilience of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and contribute to the recovery process across the

09/06/2020 | Media Coverage
Citywire Selector
Getting real assets to pack a sustainable punch

Nordic fund selector looks at how combining ESG and real assets has gained momentum in recent years.

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09/06/2020 | Blog
Growing Impact: New Insights into the Practice of Impact Investing

BlueOrchard’s contribution to the International Financial Corporation 2020 report on impact investing, a case study on Operating Principle 5. Written by Maria Teresa Zappia, Valerie Harrington, and Kathryn Sutton. After almost 20 years of proven track record and growth, BlueOrchard is a living

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09/06/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Lado

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Lado Jobava, Investment Associate at BlueOrchard in Georgia. We have interviewed Lado to better understand what drives him and why he enjoys working in the impact investing ind

27/05/2020 | Blog
Why pension funds should consider impact investing

BlueOrchard Chief Executive, Philipp Müller, explains why pension funds should consider impact investing and how it can meet their growing appetite for integrating sustainability into their portfolios. The current market environment poses significant challenges for institutional investors, particul

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27/05/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard officially certified as a climate neutral company

27 May 2020 – BlueOrchard has worked with leading climate solutions developer, South Pole, to achieve certification as a climate neutral company. It has worked closely with South Pole to analyse its emissions and carbon footprint for 2019 through the greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting process and has

20/05/2020 | News Releases
Open Society Foundations invests USD 10 million into BlueOrchard-managed InsuResilience Investment Fund

Zurich, 20 May 2020 – Open Society’s impact investing arm, the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), has committed USD 10 million to the InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF), an initiative set up by KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Deve

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18/05/2020 | Covid-19
Blended Finance: Today and Tomorrow

BlueOrchard Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Maria Teresa Zappia and Valerie Harrington, Associate Fund Manager, explain the state of blended finance, and the role it has to play in times of market turmoil.  Taking a ‘blended’ approach to development finance has been on the rise sinc

15/05/2020 | Media Coverage
Citywire Switzerland
BlueOrchard CIO on how to use impact investing effectively

The trend towards sustainable investing continues to gather momentum, with investors increasingly seeking not just financial returns, but also to make a positive contribution to the world around them.

15/05/2020 | Media Coverage
Investments & Pension Europe
Impact principles: Held to account

How will the IFC’s impact investment principles help investors seeking transparency and clarity about their investments? “There can be a tendency to fall for the showcase, anecdotal story without looking at consistency. However, the principles zoom up from transaction to portfolio and fund level

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14/05/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Nino

Have you ever wondered who the people behind BlueOrchard are? As part of our #BOFaces series, we are happy to introduce Nino Pataraia, Senior Investment Officer at BlueOrchard in Georgia. We have interviewed Nino to better understand what drives her and why she enjoys working in the impact investing

12/05/2020 | Media Coverage
Environmental Finance
BlueOrchard, Schroders developing microfinance relief fund

Impact investor BlueOrchard and Schroders are developing a blended finance fund that will target Covid-19 relief efforts for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging markets.

11/05/2020 | Media Coverage
Markets Media
EM Sustainable Bond Issuance Contracts

BlueOrchard Finance, part of the Schroders group, is collaborating with a number of potential investors, to develop a new fund  to provide funding for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging and frontier markets that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

07/05/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard develops initiative to support emerging and frontier MSMEs and combat challenges posed to the UN SDGs by Covid-19

Zurich, 7 May 2020 – BlueOrchard is working with bilateral donors, development finance institutions, and foundations to develop a support initiative to provide funding for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging and frontier markets that have been affected by the Covid-19 pan