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Maria Håkansson joins SSFC Advisory Board

Maria Håkansson joins SSFC Advisory Board

News   •   Sep 21, 2018 06:20 GMT

Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre (SSFC), whose mission is to support financial actors to shift capital to implement the global sustainability agenda, has announced its Advisory Board. Joining the Board are high-level executives from banks, pension funds, and experts on sustainable finance, among them Maria Håkansson, CEO at Swedfund.

Swedfund continues investing in renewable energy

Swedfund continues investing in renewable energy

Press Releases   •   Aug 08, 2018 06:44 GMT

Swedfund continues investing in renewable energy projects by committing to invest USD 15 million in shares of JCM Power. JCM develops, builds and operates solar- and wind power plants in developing countries.

​Swedfund and Agenda 2030

​Swedfund and Agenda 2030

News   •   Jul 19, 2018 09:46 GMT

Agenda 2030 is based on the premise that all aspects of sustainable development are interdependent and cannot be solved separately. This is what we want to describe using the equation: Everyone’s effort is required. Swedfund’s contribution is to build sustainable businesses where they are most needed.

Equation 2030 – Capital that achieves the goals

Equation 2030 – Capital that achieves the goals

News   •   Jun 26, 2018 11:29 GMT

To Swedfund, Agenda 2030 is a global equation. Our role in the equation is to finance and develop sustainable businesses in the world’s poorest countries. In Swedfund’s Integrated Report 2017 we report our results and our work towards the Global Goals.

Swedfund expands renewable energy portfolio with USD 15 million commitment to blended finance

Swedfund expands renewable energy portfolio with USD 15 million commitment to blended finance

Press Releases   •   Jun 25, 2018 06:59 GMT

​Sweden’s Development Finance Institution, Swedfund, continues to expand its portfolio within renewable energy by investing USD 15 million in the fund Climate Investor One. The fund develops, builds and operates renewable energy projects in developing countries. The fund’s pioneering blended finance structure seeks to leverage private capital to impact investments in emerging markets.

Swedfund’s Integrated Report wins international award

Swedfund’s Integrated Report wins international award

Press Releases   •   Jun 07, 2018 07:21 GMT

Swedfund has been awarded the RI Award for Best Report by an Asset Owner: medium & small funds, for their Integrated Report at the RI Reporting Awards 2018, presented at RI Europe on Tuesday 5th June. The prize is given to institutional investment companies with transparent reporting. Swedfund was chosen among 2,500 world-wide reports.

Swedwatch report highlights important issues

News   •   May 25, 2018 07:50 GMT

Swedwatch has presented an updated briefing report on the human rights impacts of Buchanan Renewables Fuel in Liberia in conjunction with Vattenfall and Swedfund’s exit of the project in 2012.

Swedfund invests in TLG Credit Opportunities Fund

Swedfund invests in TLG Credit Opportunities Fund

Press Releases   •   May 02, 2018 09:03 GMT

​Swedfund invests USD 10 million to enable small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, in Sub-Saharan Africa to access growth capital and thereby expand their operations. The investment is in TLG Credit Opportunities Fund (COF).

Swedfund invests in Kenyan bank with SME focus

Swedfund invests in Kenyan bank with SME focus

Press Releases   •   Apr 26, 2018 07:30 GMT

​The Swedish Development Finance Institution, Swedfund, invests 5 million USD in the Kenyan bank Victoria Commercial Bank, VCB. The loan is directed at the bank’s small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, and is part of Swedfund’s mission to reduce poverty through sustainable business.

Swedish investment in renewable electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Swedish investment in renewable electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Releases   •   Apr 13, 2018 07:00 GMT

​Sweden’s development finance institution Swedfund is investing SEK 126 million in the Evolution II Fund, which is focused on clean energy supply and resource efficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa. The investment will be used to develop, build and run power stations producing renewable energy. Other investors include the African Development Bank and several European development finance institutions.

​Swedfund is strengthening its support for small and medium-sized businesses in East and West Africa

​Swedfund is strengthening its support for small and medium-sized businesses in East and West Africa

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2018 09:32 GMT

Sweden’s Development finance institution Swedfund has invested USD 10 million in each of the funds Advanced Finance & Investment Group (AFIG) Fund II and Catalyst Fund II. These funds, established in the expansive regions of West and East Africa, enable us to contribute to continued growth in small and medium-sized businesses, which are essential for increased job creation.

​Swedfund provides funding to Access Bank to support Nigerian agribusiness

​Swedfund provides funding to Access Bank to support Nigerian agribusiness

Press Releases   •   Feb 09, 2018 08:52 GMT

The Development finance institution Swedfund is providing a loan of USD 10 million to Access Bank. Access Bank is one of the leading banks in Nigeria and the loan will be used for businesses operating throughout the entire agricultural value chain, which employs over half of the country’s workforce.

Swedfund contributes to responsible microfinancing in Cambodia

Swedfund contributes to responsible microfinancing in Cambodia

Press Releases   •   Feb 06, 2018 09:38 GMT

​The Development finance institution Swedfund is investing in Cambodia’s largest microfinance company, Prasac Microfinance Institution Ltd (Prasac), through a loan of USD 15 million. The loan will be used for on-lending to the country’s micro businesses and SMEs, which account for the majority of jobs in the country.

Husk Power Systems receives $20 million investment from Shell, Swedfund, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies to scale renewable mini-grid business in Africa and Asia

Husk Power Systems receives $20 million investment from Shell, Swedfund, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies to scale renewable mini-grid business in Africa and Asia

Press Releases   •   Jan 16, 2018 07:11 GMT

Husk Power Systems, a leading rural distributed utility company operating mini-grids in Asia and Africa, today announced a US $20 million equity investment* by Shell Technology Ventures LLC, Swedfund and ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies. Husk is now positioned to accelerate its growth to develop what the International Energy Agency estimates as a $190 billion mini-grid market leading up to 2030.

​Swedfund Strengthens its Commitment to Renewable Energy Asia Fund II

​Swedfund Strengthens its Commitment to Renewable Energy Asia Fund II

Press Releases   •   Dec 14, 2017 07:42 GMT

Swedfund, Sweden’s development finance institution, has made an incremental commitment of MUSD 5 to Renewable Energy Asia Fund II (REAF II) and further strengthened its contribution to the build-out of renewable energy in developing Asian countries.

​Maria Håkansson named new CEO of Swedfund

​Maria Håkansson named new CEO of Swedfund

Press Releases   •   Dec 06, 2017 14:35 GMT

Swedfund’s Board has appointed Maria Håkansson as the new CEO. Maria Håkansson joins Swedfund from Ericsson, where she was Vice President Internet of Things (IoT). Maria Håkansson has held a number of senior roles at Ericsson.

Swedwatch report highlights important issues

News   •   Nov 08, 2017 05:29 GMT

​Swedwatch has presented a research report around the human rights impact from Swedfund’s investment in Addax Bioenergy during the investment period and in connection with the exit in 2015. Gerth Svensson, acting CEO of Swedfund, comments.

Great potential for job creation in the private sector and manufacturing industry

Great potential for job creation in the private sector and manufacturing industry

News   •   Nov 02, 2017 09:15 GMT

We have focused our efforts in the sectors deemed best able to achieve development, which is in line with our mission. Where we have the greatest opportunity to generate benefits depends on a number of factors, such as experience in the sector and where we can best achieve results in equality, the environment and the creation of jobs.

Sustainable energy - a prioritised sector

Sustainable energy - a prioritised sector

News   •   Oct 11, 2017 11:18 GMT

​Sustainable energy for all is an explicit goal in Agenda 2030. It is also a prioritised sector for Swedfund’s investments. Electrification drives development, and is essential for jobcreation and combating poverty.

This is why we invest in financial institutions and funds

This is why we invest in financial institutions and funds

News   •   Oct 02, 2017 06:59 GMT

​An effective finance sector is fundamental for a country’s economic growth. By investing in banks and funds, Swedfund contributes to financial inclusion, job creation and sustainable businesses.