Covid-19

29/03/2021 | Videos
BlueOrchard Market Update: Emerging Markets Impact Investing Q1 2021

Despite ongoing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the roll-out of vaccination programmes in emerging and frontier markets has started, with some countries such as Chile being on the forefront globally. Michael Wehrle, Head of Investment Solutions, and Gustavo Muchotrigo Senior Investment Of

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

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 (

22/01/2021 | Media Coverage
Bond Guide
BlueOrchard Impact Investing Ausblick 2021

Auch Schwellenländer spüren die Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Pandemie. Sie sind jedoch widerstandsfähiger als ursprünglich angenommen. Philipp Müller, CEO von BlueOrchard, erklärt, welche Chancen sich Investoren im kommenden Jahr bieten.

21/12/2020 | Media Coverage
Financial Times
Schroders launches impact fund to aid Covid-hit emerging markets

The Fund managed by BlueOrchard Finance, the Zurich-based impact investing boutique acquired by Schroders last year. It has the support of a coalition of public and private investors, which include the international development finance agencies of the UK, US and Japan.

18/12/2020 | Media Coverage
KfW
Rettungsschirm für 850.000 kleine und mittlere Unternehmen in Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern: KfW wird Ankerinvestor in COVID-19 Fonds

Rettungsschirm für 850.000 kleine und mittlere Unternehmen in Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern: KfW wird Ankerinvestor in COVID-19 Fonds

27/11/2020 | Videos
BlueOrchard Market Update: Emerging Markets Impact Investing Q3 2020

Global markets have continued to recover despite the ongoing challenges and uncertainty created by the pandemic. While developed economies continue with their support measures, in emerging and frontier markets these responses are more limited. Our CEO, Philipp Mueller and Nikunj Oli, Regional Manage

09/11/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard announces the launch of a Covid-19 support fund that aims to support more than 200 million jobs in emerging and frontier markets

Zurich, 9 November 2020 – BlueOrchard Finance Ltd (BlueOrchard), a leading impact investment manager and member of the Schroders Group, is pleased to announce the launch of the “BlueOrchard Covid-19 Emerging and Frontier Markets MSME Support Fund”. The Fund is backed by prominent public and pr

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

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

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

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

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

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

07/05/2020 | Covid-19
Insights from the investment team: The impact of Covid-19 for microfinance investing

On a recent webinar, Sebastien Juhen, Lead Portfolio Manager for the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund and Matthew Sparkes, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, shared their views on the implications of the current Covid-19 pandemic for microfinance investing. They also discussed insights from the in

29/04/2020 | News Releases
Leading microfinance and impact fund managers have signed a MoU on debt refinancing coordination principles to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic

BlueOrchard, Developing World Markets, Incofin, Microvest, Oikocredit, responsAbility, Triodos IM, Triple Jump and Symbiotics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for coordination in response to COVID-19. Together, these nine investment originators and fund managers in impact investing ha

31/03/2020 | News Releases
BlueOrchard invests in IFC’s Covid-19 social bond issuance

News release 31 March 2020 – The BlueOrchard UCITS Emerging Markets SDG Impact Bond Fund (IBF) has invested into a social bond from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is part of a collaborative response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The bond will support affected developing countries,

31/03/2020 | Covid-19
What does the Covid-19 pandemic mean for BlueOrchard’s investments?

Cases of the Covid-19 virus were first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Despite some drastic measures by the Chinese authorities to prevent the spread of the infection, it has spread rapidly around the world. While highly contagious and difficult to contain, the majority of cases have been

18/03/2020 | Videos
BlueOrchard Market Update: Emerging Markets Impact Investing Q1 2020

In this market update video, Philipp Müller, Head of Investment Solutions at BlueOrchard talks about the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak for impact investments and what we can expect looking ahead to next quarter.

17/03/2020 | Covid-19
Cancellation: BlueOrchard Breakfast Events – March 2020

The situation around the novel coronavirus has been rapidly worsening over the past days and weeks. Given these recent developments and in the interests of all stakeholders, we will cancel the upcoming Breakfast events in Zurich on March 24th and Geneva on March 25th .   As we continue to navigate