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Impact veteran wards off poverty in search for Covid-proof yields in developing markets

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, impact investment boutique Blueorchard designed a fund supporting entrepreneurs in developing markets battered by the virus. AMWatch quizzes the firm's impact chief about the Covid-19 fund and the growing impact rivalry among managers.

Maria Teresa Zappia, Blueorchard's chief impact & blended finance officer and deputy CEO and Schroders' head of Nordics Henrik Jonsson. | Photo: PR

While Western democracies have initiated one record fiscal stimulus package after another to stimulate the economy and reduce the pandemic's long-term impact, corresponding life oxygen to emerging and frontier economies is absent. 

To assist the economic outlook in developing markets, Swiss impact specialist Blueorchard assembled a Covid-19 fund in March 2020, which provides liquidity for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

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