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 2022A

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 2020B

Support for civil society enterprise partnerships engaged in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries, financed by the Belgian DG for Development.

Selection announced

Grantees

BIO PHYTO

The production of organic pineapples according to the new EU regulations.

This project is the collection of pineapple processing residues for intensive production of organic fertiliser and ethylene-enriched activated carbon.

Idfabric Tanzania

GreenBlack: Sustainability for a greener Tanzania

The scale-up of the solar-powered recycling division and the start a furniture division will create decent work and social protection to vulnerable youth and women.

Best Tropical Fruits

Black Soldier Fly: the unappreciated environmental champion

BSF treatment of biowaste offers an environmentally relevant solution to substitute soya based feed. The project will empower women’s groups, create jobs and reduce diseases.

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’.

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

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

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.

Funds and philanthropic tools

Mare Nostrum Capital (Fund)

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

BOC Start-up Fund

Financially investing in the start-up and scaling-up of small-scale enterprises to support local BOC projects and services.

IDeA Europe Foundation (Friends of Fund)

Philanthropists support projects of the IDeA Foundation, which contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of emerging countries, and particularly in Armenia.

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