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Investing in sustainable global development David Woods, Managing Director Victoria, 30 September 2015 Who we are • Pioneer in ethical investment and private financing for development • Since 1975, € 2.1 billion invested through 1,670 partner organizations • People, planet, profit approach to financing • Balance sheet today of nearly € 1 billion (approx. CAD 1.5 billion) • 300 staff in 40 countries • 53,000 shareholders • Investment in 792 partner organizations Microfinance today & in the future The world today • Poverty remains a worldwide issue • 1 billion financially excluded – gap between rich and poor growing larger each year • Conflict and political unrest continues to affect many countries • Food security a global challenge, smallholder farmers feeling it most • Environmental challenges • Fossil fuels • Energy shortages and outages • Climate change • Increased interest to tackle these issues and challenges • Technology is changing the human landscape at rapid speeds Sustainable development We contribute to sustainable development in several ways: • We invest in various different renewable energy projects – solar, hydro and biogas – through a specialist unit • We’ve taken considerable steps in implementing environmental sustainability into our business model and implemented an environmental policy in 2013 • We assess environmental impact as part of our due diligence process with all prospective partner organizations • We are a signatory of the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change • Our Agriculture unit focusses on financing organizations along the agricultural value chain. This is a way of reaching smallholder farmers. • We promote financial inclusion – a focus area of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) SDGs • SDGs were adopted earlier this week by the UN • 17 goals that break down into 169 targets • Access to financial services, including microfinance, is included as targets in goals such as: o “End poverty in all its forms everywhere” o “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation” • Improving food security also defined as a goal Financial inclusion in a changing world The governments of low-income countries are increasingly targeting financial inclusion. Alternative economies develop to support this: • Mobile banking • Self help groups • Capacity building • Remittances • Savings • Insurance • Crowdfunding Finance plus – capacity building • Oikocredit was one of the first social investors to provide capacity building for partner organizations, starting in 2007. • Oikocredit takes the ‘finance plus’ approach: we provide capacity building and technical assistance in addition to providing credit. • Capacity building is used to train small cooperatives and their members in the elements of financial management, and in governance. More specialised services are also provided. Agriculture – the challenges • Food security: 2050 world population 9.1 billion • Food production would have to increase by 70% (from 2007 levels)1 • Boosting agricultural output of smallholder famers is important Their challenges include: 1.Lack of resources to increase output: fertilizers, seeds, techniques 2.Sporadic power supply 3.Climate change 4.No alternatives to generating income 5.No access to finance 1Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Food security – tackling new frontiers Oikocredit invests in initiatives which contribute to food security • SEKEM, Egypt • Yalelo, Zambia • Idepro, Bolivia Yalelo The world tomorrow: our 2020 goals • Our partners will reach 55 million people, 75% women • Oikocredit’s financing will reach 2.5 million clients • Four million jobs created • As a result of direct financing by Oikocredit, 125,000 households will gain access to clean energy • Continue to reach more low-income countries • Double our portfolio outstanding in Africa • Higher assets and inflow, leading to 50% growth in our portfolio • Grow our agriculture portfolio to € 200 million (CAD 300 million) We all have a part to play Thank you "Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. 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