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29/04/2021 | Blog
This is My Story – Elene Kiladze

2021 is a very special year for BlueOrchard as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Throughout 2021 we will be sharing with you some of the encouraging entrepreneurial stories, personal dreams, and insights into the lives of families around the globe who are struggling and fighting against adversity e

26/04/2021 | Blog
BlueOrchard Brief: Why is the Covid-19 pandemic affecting poor countries more and what is needed to support them?

Author: Daniel Perroud, Global Head of Business Development The Covid-19 pandemic has been raging in the world for already more than one year, leaving deep damage, the extent of which we can currently only estimate: Inequality has increased, poverty has increased again for the first time in over 20

13/04/2021 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Richard

The #BOFaces series introduces you to the people making up BlueOrchard’s dedicated team, which is spread across our offices around the world. This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Richard Hardy, BlueOrchard’s Investment Director Africa in Private Equity, based in the Zurich office.

25/03/2021 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: Resilience and road to recovery

On the last webinars, Sébastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF), and Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, shared an update on the current situation for microfinance investing. We also had the pleasure to welcome Njeri Kirumbi, Deputy Re

25/03/2021 | Blog
Looking back on 20 years of microfinance investing and the opportunities ahead

We had the pleasure to interview Normunds Mizis, Chief Credit Officer at BlueOrchard, on the development of the microfinance industry, the challenges and opportunties that lie ahead, and the role of technology. Normunds, you have been working in the microfinance industry for almost three decades. Ho

24/03/2021 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Kaspars

The #BOFaces series introduced you to the people making up BlueOrchard’s dedicated team, spread out across our international offices. This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Kaspars Delins, our Head of Origination and Structuring in Private Debt based in the Tbilisi office. We took thi

13/03/2021 | Blog
A Story of Mutual Growth: BlueOrchard and Banco Solidario

One of the microfinance institutions (MFIs) BlueOrchard has been partnering with since its earliest days is Banco Solidario S.A. Banco Solidario started in 1995 as a finance company at a time when microfinance was still unique in Ecuador and became a regulated bank in 1996. Banco Solidario was there

12/03/2021 | Blog
Mongolia – Land of the Blue Sky

Mongolia, with a population of just 3.3 million people, is the second most sparsely populated country in the world. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city, is home to about 45% of the country’s population. Over the past 25 years, Mongolia has transformed into a democracy, tripling its GDP p

11/03/2021 | Blog
This is My Story – Lucía Prado

2021 is a very special year for BlueOrchard as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Throughout 2021 we will be sharing with you some of the encouraging entrepreneurial stories, personal dreams, and insights into the lives of families around the globe who are struggling and fighting against adversity e

25/02/2021 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Sevara

The #BOFaces series introduced you to the people making up BlueOrchard’s dedicated team, spread out across our international offices. This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Sevara Mukhamet-Alieva, our Eurosasia Regional Director in Private Debt based in the Tbilisi office. We took thi

24/02/2021 | Blog
This is My Story – Jemal Bigvava

2021 is a very special year for BlueOrchard as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Throughout 2021 we will be sharing with you some of the encouraging entrepreneurial stories, personal dreams, and insights into the lives of families around the globe who are struggling and fighting against adversity e

18/02/2021 | Blog
Infrastructure key driver of sustainable growth in emerging markets

Zurich, 18 February 2021 – The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic is also noticeable in some infrastructure sectors in developing countries. However, megatrends such as the energy transition, urbanisation and digitalisation are here to stay and will further materialize in infrastructure investments.

16/02/2021 | Blog
Infrastructure Investments – Interview with Gianfranco Saladino

Gianfranco Saladino, Head of Sustainable Infrastructure Investments at BlueOrchard spoke with the German business magazine Intelligent Investors about the relevance of infrastructure investments moving forward. Investors sometimes find it difficult to decide where to invest their money right now. Wh

09/02/2021 | Blog
BlueOrchard Brief: Blended Finance in Unprecedented Times

Authors: Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Impact and Blended Finance Officer, Deputy CEO, and Valerie Harrington, Associate Fund Manager – Blended Finance Mandates The Covid-19 pandemic has the potential to exceed even the 2008 Financial Crisis in regard to economic consequences on all sectors of th

03/02/2021 | Latin America
This is My Story – César Julio Salirosas Pacheco

2021 is a very special year for BlueOrchard as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Throughout 2021 we will be sharing with you some of the encouraging entrepreneurial stories, personal dreams, and insights into the lives of families around the globe who are struggling and fighting against adversity e

22/01/2021 | Covid-19
Outlook 2021: Impact Investing in Emerging Markets

How emerging markets fared through the pandemic and what to expect in 2021. Emerging markets ultimately fared better than many feared through the Covid-19 pandemic. The initial concerns were that, combined, the hit to trade and tourism, weaker commodity prices and slowing foreign direct investment (

07/01/2021 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Anvar

The #BOFaces series introduced you to the people making up BlueOrchard’s dedicated team, spread out across our international offices. This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Anvar Mamarajabov, our Execution Team Lead in Risk, Legal & Compliance based in the Tbilisi office. We took

26/10/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: From crisis management to growth

On a recent webinar, Sébastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF) and Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, shared an update on the current situation for microfinance investing in emerging markets. We also had the pleasure to welcome Arun N

29/09/2020 | Blog
#BOFaces – Meet Federica

Have you ever wondered who makes up the team behind BlueOrchard? This week, we had the opportunity to talk to Federica Gasparini, People & Development Manager since July 2019. As part of our #BOFaces series, we had the pleasure of learning more about Federica’s interests, hobbies, and passion

20/08/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: Emerging Markets show resilience in uncertain times

On a recent webinar, Sébastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF), and Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, shared an update on the current situation for microfinance investing and their view on the current situation with the Covid-19 pand