Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
January 2022

Oikocredit News and Updates


New Year’s Message: Looking back and moving forward

Oikocredit’s new Managing Director, Mirjam ‘t Lam, reflects on her first year at Oikocredit and shares about what we can look forward to in 2022 and beyond.

"During my time at Oikocredit, I have been impressed and inspired by the unity and purpose that our cooperative and our partners have shown in the face of the challenges we have encountered in 2020 and 2021. With the support of our members and investors we continued to invest responsibly and created, together with our partners, opportunities for people who need our support the most".  

"Despite the many changes and uncertainties, 2021 has been a successful year for the Oikocredit community, making me proud and grateful to lead Oikocredit as Managing Director".

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OI joins FIRST+ prog to help generate work opportunities for 60,000 Ghanaians

Oikocredit is teaming up with CapitalPlus Exchange (CapPlus) and the Mastercard Foundation on their Financial Institution Resilience and Strengthening (FIRST+) programme to strengthen financial institutions and create work opportunities in Ghana.

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Oikocredit invests € 2 million to support growth of solar energy in Africa

Oikocredit is providing a credit line of € 2 million to Spark, a supplier of pay-as-you-go off-grid modular solar solutions and appliances. The loan will support Spark’s plans to make electricity accessible to an estimated 500,000 under-served households in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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What's Happening in Canada?

Karl Braun, Chair, OCSA

Oikocredit Canada: Taking stock of our community working to create positive impact through investing

At the start of this new year, we look back to recognize and appreciate the people, progress, and lessons learned from 2021 and move forward with renewed vigour into the year ahead.

Read the post by Karl Braun, Chair, Oikocredit Canada where he reflects on our work from past and way forward for the year 2022.

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CAFIID's 2021 report finds Canada's impact investing in emerging markets grew to $3.5bn

Canadian impact assets under management (AUM) jumped 70 percent to $3.5 billion in 2021, up from $2.1 billion in 2019, according to a Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID) report.

CAFIID's 2021 Sector Report tracks the scale, trends, and outlook for Canadian impact investing in developing and emerging economies in 2020, building on CAFIID's baseline  2019 Report.

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Progress too slow on sustainable finance in Canada

Canada has made too little progress in implementing the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, which in 2019 made 15 recommendations on private-public opportunities to advance sustainable finance. 

The Institute for Sustainable Finance in its report “Changing Gears”  which examines Canada’s progress on the Expert Panel’s recommendations. Based on interviews with 34 leading Canadian experts, the report outlines how Canada has made some progress, but has not moved fast enough in aligning its financial systems with a global low-carbon transition.

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Podcast: The Principles for Responsible Investment

Checkout the Principles for Responsible Investment podcast to get an insight into the world of responsible investment, with investor perspectives and discussion on a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics.

Listen to the latest on how blended finance can help capital markets deliver sustainable investment in emerging markets.


Have you read the Impact Report?

Oikocredit published its Impact Report 2021. In this report you can learn all about Oikocredit’s social impact: how we measure it, what this looks like in our focus sectors and regions, our capacity building support and more.

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