Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: The Contributions of the Multilateral Development Banks

24 December 2020

The year 2020 marks 75 years of multilateralism since the United Nations (UN) came into existence and 5 years since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs present a new vision …

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Private Equity and Value Creation: A Fund Manager’s Guide to Gender-smart Investing

09 December 2020

Gender-smart investing is a growing asset class with a compelling business case. Billions of dollars are held in assets under management, in both private and public capital markets, and the opportunities to mobilize capital and invest to close gender gaps…

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The State of Blended Finance

25 November 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target a range of development challenges, from combating climate change to ending poverty and hunger. To achieve the SDGs in developing countries, a significant scale-up of investment is required. Blended finance i…

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Africa’s digital revolution needs data centres

11 November 2020

Have you ever wondered what happens every minute on the internet? The answer is a lot! The world’s most popular apps and websites have seen significant growth over the last four years and will continue to grow rapidly as more people access the internet a…

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Startup Bill 2020 and the opportunities for venture capitalists in Kenya

28 October 2020

Introduction Kenya is experiencing a rapid growth in its entrepreneurial market and has been distinguished as among the leading hubs of startup businesses in Africa. This is largely owed to the technological advancement and enabling environment for local…

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Notes on a ‘Green New Deal’ for Africa

14 October 2020

The New Deal, introduced by the American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s, had a tremendous effect on the global political economy. For proponents of government interference in the capitalist economy, the New Deal has become a reference point…

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CAMA 2020 and the implications for the private equity industry

23 September 2020

Introduction As part of a broader initiative of the Nigeria government to improve the country’s business environment, a bill to amend the 30-year-old Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 was given presidential assent on 7 August 2020. The Companies and…

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Mauritius strengthens AML/CFT framework to avoid EU blacklist

27 August 2020

Background In February 2020, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) identified Mauritius as a jurisdiction having strategic AML/CFT deficiencies and placed the country on the list of “Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring”. On this basis, the European…

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Non-Deliverable Forwards As A Headging Tool for Currency Volatility In Nigeria

29 July 2020

By OlayemI Anyanechi, Managing Partner, Sefton Fross & Oluwaseyi Alao, Associate, Sefton Fross Introduction The Nigeria currency has been under a lot of pressure in recent times, owing to decrease in export earnings due to the instability in price …

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The PPE of Overseas Development Assistance

16 June 2020

Written by 'Tokunboh Ishmael, Managing Partner, Alitheia IDF To see the original article, please click here Politics, Philosophy and Economics of ODA in a time of COVID-19 In these unprecedented times, development assistance must shed the skin of its…

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7 Reasons Why We’re Still in Ethiopia During the Crisis

21 May 2020

By Tom Scriven CFA, Partner & General Counsel, RENEW    In our latest white paper, we outline seven reasons why RENEW believes a ‘stay the course’ approach to investing in SMEs in Ethiopia is the best response both to the economic crisis created b…

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The 2018 Nigerian Companies Bill – A Mixed Bag for Private Equity Investors

28 April 2020

Written by Gbolahan Elias, Partner, G Elias & Co and Yemisi Falade, Senior Associate, G Elias & Co   Some aspects of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2018 (the “Bill”) significantly impact private equity invest…

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Institutional investors are all rational, but they’re not the same

16 April 2020

Written by Ladé Araba, Managing Director, Africa at Convergence Finance Twitter handle: @LDAraba  Institutional investors have become increasingly open to non-traditional, high yield investment opportunities as they grapple with low yield environments…

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Impact Investing: Profit with Purpose

10 April 2020

Written by 'Tokunboh Ishmael, Managing Partner, Alitheia IDF Impact Investing seeped into the conscience of the investing ecosystem over a decade ago and refers to the varying degrees that investments can deliver positive social, developmental, econom…

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South African regulatory reform – what does it mean for Private Equity Fund managers?

25 March 2020

Following the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, regulation was largely criticised for failing to protect customers, prompting regulators throughout the world to undertake a review of financial regulation. Following the lead of a number of developed count…

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Marketing in Africa–Navigating the AIFMD

25 February 2020

Marketing by private equity GPs to investors has become significantly more complex over the last few years, with the tightening up of regulations and the advent of the Alternative Investment FundManagersDirective (“AIFMD”) which governs marketing to Europ…

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Private Equity in Africa: Emerging Trends

29 January 2020

Private equity in Africa has come a long way since the early 1990s, which saw development financial institutions investing in government-initiated development projects across the continent. The period that followed was characterised by the emergence of a …

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