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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.

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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.

The Development Impact

The Development Impact

News   •   Sep 21, 2017 06:13 GMT

Financing for sustainable development can come from several sources; aid, private capital, domestic tax-based financing and from development finance institutions. The sources of finance can be regarded as different, but complimentary, tools in the fight for sustainable development. Here we explain about the tools, focusing on what the development finance institution achieves.

Private finance essential to achieve the global goals

Private finance essential to achieve the global goals

News   •   Sep 07, 2017 08:50 GMT

Our joint ability to mobilise finance is decisive if we are to achieve the global goals. The traditional sources of finance are insufficient: the amount invested must go from billions to trillions. This makes private finance essential.

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Swedfund and FMO gives NMB Bank $15 million line of credit

News   •   Sep 05, 2017 07:10 GMT

​The Development finance institutions Swedfund of Sweden and FMO of the Netherlands have agreed to provide NMB Bank with a line of credit for lending to exporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Zimbabwe.

The future is now. Let’s accelerate Agenda 2030.

The future is now. Let’s accelerate Agenda 2030.

News   •   Aug 29, 2017 09:09 GMT

​2016 is the first year on the road towards the global goals. It is the first year all countries are following a common agenda to root out extreme poverty and counteract the climate threat. Swedfund’s Integrated Report 2016 explains how we integrate the global goals in our business model and investment process.

​Swedfund Finances Renewable Energy in Developing Asian Countries

​Swedfund Finances Renewable Energy in Developing Asian Countries

Press Releases   •   Jul 11, 2017 09:24 GMT

Swedfund, Sweden’s development finance institution, is committing MUSD 10 to Renewable Energy Asia Fund II L.P. The fund invests in small and medium-sized renewable energy projects in South and Southeast Asia.

Swedfund  and ​The Rezidor Hotel Group empower female employees in Women4Growth workshop

Swedfund and ​The Rezidor Hotel Group empower female employees in Women4Growth workshop

News   •   Jul 04, 2017 06:10 GMT

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel groups in the world and Swedfund International AB, the Development Finance Institution of the Swedish state, have joined forces to host the Women4Growth workshop with the purpose of enabling more women to reach management positions.

Swedfund continues to focus on renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Swedfund continues to focus on renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Releases   •   Mar 24, 2017 07:32 GMT

​Swedfund, Sweden’s development finance institution, invests 13 MUSD in the fund Frontier Energy II. The fund focuses on small and medium-sized renewable energy projects, primarily in East Africa.

Swedfund promotes inclusive finance in Uganda and Tanzania

Swedfund promotes inclusive finance in Uganda and Tanzania

Press Releases   •   Dec 14, 2016 08:56 GMT

​Swedfund, the Swedish development financier, invests USD10 million in Bayport Management Ltd (“Bayport”). The investment will improve access to financial services for people with low income, giving them the opportunity to get loans for, inter alia, education and housing.

​Highlevel meeting on the role of partnerships in the fulfilment of SDG 9 and SDG 11

​Highlevel meeting on the role of partnerships in the fulfilment of SDG 9 and SDG 11

News   •   Aug 22, 2016 11:12 GMT

On Tuesday Swedfund MD Anna Ryott will moderate the first part of the roundtable discussion on how innovative partnerships can drive the fulfilment of SDG 9 and SDG 11. The meeting is organised by the Swedish Embassy in Paris, Scania and Business Sweden.

Swedfund, H&M and DBL Group create 4,000 jobs in Ethiopia

Swedfund, H&M and DBL Group create 4,000 jobs in Ethiopia

Press Releases   •   May 26, 2016 12:30 GMT

The development financier Swedfund and the industry group DBL establish a textile factory in Mekelle, Ethiopia, which will provide job opportunities for 4,000 people. H&M will be a long time buyer and support with expert knowledge in sustainable textile production.

The Economic Power of Gender Equality

The Economic Power of Gender Equality

News   •   May 23, 2016 14:21 GMT

This post by MD Anna Ryott is part of the UN Foundations blog series, “Her Goals: Our Future,” which highlights the connections between girls and women and the Sustainable Development Goals.

​Swedfund supports entrepreneurship in Cambodia

​Swedfund supports entrepreneurship in Cambodia

News   •   Nov 11, 2015 13:23 GMT

Swedfund invests MUSD 5 through a loan in Acleda Bank, a bank with strong focus on social and economic development. The loan enables the Bank's continued expansion in rural areas and thus contributes to increased employment and development of domestic production.

​Swedfund Enhances Access to Capital to SMEs in Tanzania

​Swedfund Enhances Access to Capital to SMEs in Tanzania

News   •   Oct 23, 2015 07:59 GMT

Swedfund invests MUSD 5 in Tanzanian National Microfinance Bank (NMB) through a syndicated loan led by the Dutch Development Bank FMO. The funds will primarily be used for on-lending to small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) and corporate borrowers, thereby contributing to job creation in Tanzania.