FMO Podcast


'Challenge of a Decade' is a six episode podcast series of FMO. Host Jonathan Groubert interviews people on the challenges and actions that need to be taken for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this first episode we discuss fragile states.

If we are to realize the SDGs, investors need to add the world’s most fragile countries to their investment portfolio. These are the places where economic and social progress would ensure stability. The chances to create impact are high but so are the risks. In this episode of 'Challenge of a Decade', we will discuss investing in fragile states with Heske Verburg, Managing Director of Solidaridad Europe and Patricia Nicolau, Environmental & Social Manager at FMO. What are fragile states? And are they worth investing in? What are the pitfalls one can expect, in terms of cultural differences and convincing potential investors?

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Solidaridad is a civil society organisation with 50 years of experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound, and profitable supply chains. They envision a world in which all we produce and consume can sustain us, while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. They are an international network organization consisting of eight regional expertise centres located around the world. More info:

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