BIOthe Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries was created in December 2001 as a public-private partnership between the Belgian Government - through the Department of Development Cooperation - and the Belgian International Investment Corporation. BIO supports private sector development in developing countries, by providing long-term financing to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises at market conditions and in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. BIO is a coop-member of Alterfin since 2003.