Business for development

Support for entrepreneurs in the Global South and investors who commit to creating a positive impact.

In developing countries, the contribution of the private sector is indispensable to ensuring significant and sustainable change. In these countries, the King Baudouin Foundation supports local enterprises in their development projects and particularly those that contribute to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Foundation also closely monitors the development of Belgian impact investing – an area showing significant growth.

Our activities

  • as part of the Business Partnership Facility, conducted in partnership with the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, we manage the ongoing call 'Enterprises for SDGs', which supports business projects in the Global South that contribute to sustainable development goals
  • we allocate loans and bank guarantees to economic actors in civil society, across various sectors
  • and we regularly conduct research among Belgian impact investors.

Business for development is part of the programme International

More info about our involvement with Africa on kbfafrica.org

Calls for projects

Business Partnership Facility - Enterprises for SDGs 2020A

The Business Partnership Facility (BPF) grants financial support to companies contributing to SDGs in developing countries.

Selection announced

Business Partnership Facility - Enterprises for SDGs 2023A

The Business Partnership Facility (BPF) grants financial support to companies contributing to SDGs in developing countries.

Ongoing

Business Partnership Facility - Enterprises for SDGs 2021B

The Business Partnership Facility (BPF) grants financial support to companies contributing to SDGs in developing countries.

Selection announced

Grantees

Guavay Company Limited

Scaling-up organic fertilizer production for sustainable avocado agriculture

Scaling-up the annual production of organic fertilizer to strenghten the sustainable avocado value chain in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. The production and distribution vi…

EVPA - European Venture Philanthropy - Association IVZW

European Impact Finance Survey - Kennis verzamelen/delen over de Belgische markt / European Impact Finance Survey : collecte et partage de connaissances sur le marché belge

For the Impact Belgium Coalition, EVPA collects and analyses impact finance data on the Belgian market, in a European benchmarking exercise.

Yao Tropico

Introducing international standard mango drying in Ivory coast

Yao Tropico will produce and export dried organic mango from Ivory Coast to Europe. 500 smallholder farmers will be trained and certified Global GAP, increasing their production …

Events

Webinar – Business Partnership Facility – information about the open call for projects

13/01/2022 13:00 until 13/01/2022 14:00

Introductory webinar to the open call for projects ‘‘Business Partnership Facility – Enterprises for SDGs’.

Webinar – Business Partnership Facility – Information about the open call for projects

09/12/2022 13:00 until 09/12/2022 14:00

Introductory webinar to the open call for projects ‘‘Business Partnership Facility – Enterprises for SDGs’.

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Burundezen aan het werk in de koffiewasserij waar de geplukte bessen worden gedroogd

Sustainable coffee in Burundi

To support coffee farmers gathered in cooperatives, to transform their economic activity into an engine for sustainable local development.

Business Partnership Facility

The Business Partnership Facility (BPF) grants financial support to companies contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries.

Investment for impact - Survey of Belgian actors

Results of a study on developments and trends in the Belgian Impact Investment for Development community, with data, facts and figures from 2016 to 2019

Funds and philanthropic tools

OVO Acceleration Fund

The Fund supports projects in Africa that have a sustainable social and economic impact, through loans adapted to the needs of local entrepreneurs.

Mare Nostrum Capital (Fund)

Encouraging inclusive finance and local entrepreneurship in developing countries through sustainable agriculture, fair trade and energy access projects

Press Releases

Business Partnership Facility : grant support for social impact enterprises is ‘successful model’

16 11 2021

According to an external mid-term evaluation of the Business Partnership Facility programme, financial support for social impact enterprises is ‘successful model’.

Eight business projects in the South receive support from Business Partnership Facility ‘Enterprises for SDGs’

19 08 2021

Eight business projects in the South that are contributing towards the Sustainable Development goals receive support from Business Partnership Facility ‘Enterprises for SDGs’.

Five enterprise projects in developing countries receive support from the Business Partnership Facility ‘Enterprises for SDGs’

26 07 2021

Stories

Nurturing young talent in DR Congo

Business for development

“I&F's support has really allowed me to sit down, plan, and structure a real company.”
Luc Maboti
entrepreneur, EMAVAS

‘It’s a win-win’: building a way out of poverty in disaster-hit Nepal

Business for development

“We are driven by the social, environmental and economic impact, but in the conversation with the potential entrepreneurs the focus is on how this is a good business.”
Andreas Kölling
Build Up Nepal