28 November 2023


Nov 28
Allianz and Dutch Development Bank Back $1.1 Bln Sustainable Loans Fund
Allianz Global Investors and Dutch development bank FMO have agreed one of the largest "blended finance" funds on record, raising $1.1 billion to invest in loans that help emerging and frontier countries meet sustainable development targets.
Source: Reuters
Nov 28
responsAbility Launches USD 500 Million Climate Investment Strategy for Asia
In response to rising CO2 emissions in Asia, global impact pioneer responsAbility Investments AG, together with Germany's development bank KfW and the Dutch development bank FMO, has launched a USD 500 million climate investment strategy. The strategy aims to make an active contribution to CO2 reduction in Asia through targeted investments in low-emission technologies and offers institutional investors attractive investment opportunities.
Source: responsAbility
Nov 27
D. Isenberg and G. Neichin, Managing Directors, Ceniarth: Ten Lessons for 10 Years - Inconvenient Truths from an Impact-First Investor
Ceniarth was officially founded by Diane Isenberg in November of 2013 as an impact-focused family office. A decade later, its mission remains identical: deploying investment capital to improve livelihoods in underserved and marginalized communities globally.
Source: ImpactAlpha
Nov 27
Achieving the SDGs in the World’s Most Vulnerable Countries: Why the Private Sector Must Recommit to Financing Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States
Many countries are falling further behind, with Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in particular, facing greater gaps to SDG achievement than the rest of the world due to structural economic, geophysical and environmental vulnerabilities.
Source: NextBillion
Nov 27
IFC Invests in New Apis Fund to Support Mid-Cap Companies and Improve Financial Inclusion across Africa and Asia
IFC is making a $75 million equity investment in Apis Growth Markets Fund III, which will focus on fast-growing companies that are using technological innovations to expand access to financial services. These innovations include embedded finance, which allows non-financial companies like retailers to offer financial products and services, commerce enablement, which supports areas such as online payments, and environmental, social and governance monitoring.
Source: IFC
Nov 24
ADB’s USD 125 Million Loan to L&T Finance Aims at Empowering Women, Farmers and MSMEs in India
A notable aspect of this initiative is the allocation of at least 40 per cent of the proceeds specifically for women borrowers, recognizing the unique challenges they face in accessing financial services.
Source: Financial Express
Nov 24
Convergence Awards Grant to Promote Climate- And Gender-Smart Investment in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa
The AgWaste Climate Fund will provide patient debt capital to large-scale agriculture SMEs and scalable biochar projects, as well as encourage a circular economy by repurposing agricultural waste for use as inputs in biochar projects.
Source: Convergence
Nov 23
Kenyan Fish Farming Startup Aquarech Raises $1.7m Funding
Kenyan fish farming startup Aquarech has raised US$1.7 million in equity funding to help it improve outcomes for small-scale fish farmers in Kenya through its mobile app platform.
Source: Disrupt Africa
Nov 22
INVL Borrows 25 Million Euro for 51 MW Solar Plants in Romania
INVL Renewable Energy Fund I, run by Lithuania's INVL Asset Management, has agreed to borrow 25 million euro ($27.2 million) from Austrian Bank Kommunalkredit to finance the construction of solar power plants with a total capacity of 51 MW in Romania.
Source: SeeNews

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