Impact Investing

CrossBoundary Energy receives US$16.5mn commitment from ARCH EM Partners

19 March 2020

Funding enables the ongoing expansion of CrossBoundary Energy’s Commercial & Industrial solar services and is first stage of larger transaction to scale solar for businesses across Africa CrossBoundary Energy is currently operating or delivering mo…

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The African Development Bank’s Facility for Energy Inclusion attracts US$160mn in commitments for small-scale renewable energy

16 March 2020

The African Development Bank, the European Commission, KfW, the Clean Technology Fund, Norfund, and other investors have committed nearly $160 million to the first close of the Facility for Energy Inclusion or FEI. FEI is a targeted $400 million fund to …

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The African Development Bank enters the capital of the investment fund Yeelen Financial Fund LP

12 March 2020

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved, Thursday, March 11 in Abidjan, a stake of EUR12mn in the capital of the Yeelen fund dedicated to the financial sector. Yeelen Financial Fund LP is a 12-year investment fund domiciled in Mau…

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CDC announces US$39.2 million investment to bolster access to finance for SMEs in West Africa

20 January 2020

CDC Group, the UK’s publicly owned impact investor, has announced the commitment of US$39.2 million to support SMEs in West Africa. CDC is backing Verod Fund III and Adiwale Fund I, West-African based private equity funds targeting SMEs in the region, wit…

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DOB Equity awarded impact investor and transition to new leadership

19 December 2019

DOB Equity wins the award for impact investment firm 2019 Leadership change as CEO Brigit van Dijk – van de Reijt will hand over her responsibilities to her colleagues Saskia van der Mast, Hayo Afman and Toine Huijbers per January 1st, 2020 DOB Eq…

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DOB Equity invests in NEI, the leading natural vanilla flavour manufacturer in Tanzania

06 December 2019

Natural Extract Industries provides additional income to 5000+  smallholder farmers while encouraging forest growth  from planting vanilla Growth in consumers with a conscious fuels push for high-quality natural products, farm-to-fork traceability and …

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Member Announcement - Capria Ventures 8th Investment Cycle is Open!

28 November 2019

Capria understands the problems faced by fund managers in emerging markets and works in deep partnership to solve roadblocks like fundraising and finding & developing a successful deal pipeline for investments. Capria is a global impact investing fir…

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TPG Growth's Rise Fund Invests in Uganda's Pearl Dairy

07 November 2019

The Rise Fund is partnering with Pearl Dairy, a market-leading dairy processing company based in Uganda, to help expand and enhance its operations The Rise Fund, a global impact investment fund managed by TPG that is committed to achieving positive socia…

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DOB Equity invests in Nairobi-based technology learning accelerator Moringa School

28 October 2019

Moringa School is developing the next generation of tech leaders through market-driven education With a rising population, youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing Kenya and Africa at large The investment in Moringa School will hel…

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Climate-smart private equity investors take leadership in Africa

15 October 2019

Climate change poses an existential threat to our societies. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Africa – the most vulnerable continent to climate change, both in terms of impact and ability to mitigate damage... read more.

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Oikocredit signs KES1bn Equity Investment in Credit Bank

29 August 2019

Nairobi, Kenya – Credit Bank PLC has signed a KES 1bn equity investment with social impact investor Oikocredit today. The investment, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will see Oikocredit take a minority stake in Credit Bank Credit Bank int…

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DOB Equity expands agri portfolio with investment in leading Kenyan laboratory services company Cropnuts

24 July 2019

Investment into Cropnuts – a leading Kenyan soil & crops testing and agri services company for East Africa Cropnuts will reach over 500,000 farmers by 2023, increasing crop yields and food security across Africa DOB Equity, a leading Dutch famil…

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AHL Venture Partners leads an equity investment in Kenyan company Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Limited

17 July 2019

AHL Venture Partners, a leading impact investment firm in East Africa, has today announced, acting as lead investor, an equity investment in a Kenyan company, Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Limited (“Cropnuts”). The investment is a co-investment with …

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Axis launches investment platform, MIFGA

24 May 2019

Axis and Innpact have launched the first impact investing platform in Mauritius, the Mauritius Impact Finance Gateway to Africa (MIFGA). This innovative structure enables fund promoters to set-up and manage impact finance vehicles in an efficient and cost…

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DOB Equity invests in East African waste management sector

24 May 2019

Investment in Zanrec Ltd – a leading privately owned waste management company focusing on the hospitality sector on Zanzibar DOB’s first investment in a sector which is in need of long-term capital and innovation along the value chain, with a focus on …

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LeapFrog breaks impact investing record, with US$700mn emerging markets fund

10 May 2019

LeapFrog Investments has announced the largest-ever private equity fund by a dedicated impact fund manager, surging past its US$600mn target to reach US$700mn. The new fund invests in healthcare and financial services companies – tapping into the demand f…

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DOB Equity expands FMCG exposure by investment in drinking water provider Jibu Tanzania

07 May 2019

Jibu Tanzania is part of the Jibu Global network, a social venture founded in 2012 and active in 5 African countries DOB Equity’s investment in Jibu Tanzania aims for the rapid expansion of a replicable distribution model in major cities across T…

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Building Prospects: enabling high impact for people

09 April 2019

New name and mandate for the Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF) The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs renewed the mandate of FMO’s Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF) and topped the fund with EUR 100 mn.  A new strategy has been formulated as part o…

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CDC appoints Stephen Priestley as new Managing Director, Funds and Capital Partnerships

28 January 2019

CDC, the UK’s development financial institution, has today announced the appointment of Stephen Priestley as its new Managing Director, Funds and Capital Partnerships. Stephen starts his new role on 28 January and will report directly to Chief Executive N…

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FMO Launches Global Forestry Program to Mitigate Climate Change with West African and SE Asian Investments

11 December 2018

The Hague, December 11 2018 –  Dutch Development Bank FMO has launched a global forestry investment programme, the most effective tool in the fight to mitigate the process of global climate change, with the initial extension of US$20mn in financing to pla…

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DOB Equity continues rapid expansion of health conscious agri portfolio with investment in Kentaste

10 December 2018

Investment into Kentaste – the leading coconut processing company in Kenya Substantial environmental and social impact through small-holder farmer support programs  DOB Equity, a leading Dutch family-backed impact investor in East Africa, has invest…

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Impact investor DOB Equity expands their agri portfolio to include Kenyan macadamia processing company

23 November 2018

Investment into Ten Senses Africa – a leading organic and fair-trade macadamia processing company in Kenya Strong social and environmental impact through extensive farmer support along value chain and zero-waste processing DOB Equity, a leading Dut…

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AfDB approves US$15mn equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund to boost agri-business in Africa

13 June 2018

In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank Board has approved a US$15mn equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF or "The Fund"), to support enterprises in agri-business SMEs and enhanc…

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The Rise Fund leads US$47.5mn Series C for Cellulant, leading African digital payments provider

14 May 2018

San Francisco, Nairobi & Lagos – May 14th, 2018– The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by growth equity platform TPG Growth, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a stake in Cellulant, a leading digital payments pr…

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DOB Equity makes first impact investment in Rwanda by investing in quality grain trader Sarura Commodities

19 April 2018

DOB Equity diversifies portfolio – now present in all five East African countries Sarura Commodities links quality grain farmers with local off-takers Provides training and expertise to increase both quality and volumes for the local market DOB Eq…

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Round-Up: Inaugural AVCA ESG Practitioners' Roundtable

23 November 2017

Following the inaugural AVCA ESG Practitioners' Roundtable which took place on Monday 16th October 2017, led by the AVCA Sustainability Committee, we are pleased to announce the formation of an industry initiative to drive the adoption of Environmental, S…

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FMO signs MOU to increase funds for energy sector

24 October 2017

FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and Shell Foundation, a registered charity in the United Kingdom, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to join forces on increasing the flow of funds for impact finance in the energy sector. They agreed to a broad coo…

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CDC Group: Investing to transform lives

06 July 2017

In February, AVCA spoke to Clarisa De Franco, Head of Africa Funds, and Jeremy Cleaver, Portfolio Director, about CDC Group’s investment strategy over the next five years and the importance of development finance to Africa’s growth. We asked them to sha…

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New AVCA Video: Building A Sustainable Future for Africa - Our Common Purpose

04 April 2017

Tuesday, 4th April 2017: The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) today presented a short animated film illustrating the wide-reaching impact of private equity investment in Africa. Launched on Day One of the 14th Annual AVCA Con…

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Uganda’s Sindila hydropower project, led by Metier, commences construction

21 February 2017

The shareholders of the Sindila hydropower project are pleased to announce that the 5.25MW run of river project achieved financial close on 30 January 2017 and has commenced construction. The project benefits from a 20-year power purchase agreement with t…

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Alitheia Identity secures additional funding from US-based investor and accelerator, Capria

29 June 2016

Alitheia Identity Managers (Alitheia Identity) announced a partnership with Capria Ventures (Capria), a global impact investment firm that works with local fund managers to accelerate the flow of capital in emerging markets. Female entrepreneurs, women-le…

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LeapFrog invests in Ghana’s UT Life

27 January 2016

LeapFrog Investments (“LeapFrog”), a specialist investor in emerging markets on Wednesday announced that LeapFrog has acquired a majority stake in UT Life Insurance Company Ltd (“UT Life”), one of the key players in the life insurance sector in Ghana. Thi…

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LeapFrog launches US$350mn investment partnership

21 January 2016

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) and LeapFrog Investments announced today the launch of a US$350 million investment partnership to access high-growth markets in Africa. Managed by LeapFrog, the new investment vehicle will target investments in life …

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IFC invests in Hygeia Nigeria Limited

07 January 2016

Lagos, Nigeria, January 7, 2016 – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group; together with IFHA-II Cooperatief, a private equity fund focused on investing in the healthcare sector in Sub-Saharan Africa; Swiss Re, the reinsurance company; and CIEL Healthcare A…

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Investisseurs & Partenaires completes Tincy Boulangerie investment

18 December 2015

The fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs (IPAE) welcomes a new company in its portfolio by partnering with the bakery Tincy, based in Benin. IPAE follows an active investment pace in Sub-Saharan Africa with six field offices based on the continent, in West …

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LeapFrog Investments receives US$200m commitment

10 December 2015

LeapFrog Investments is set to receive up to US$200m from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the OPIC Board of Directors announced today. This is the largest commitment in history to any impact fund manager. It also brings commitments to LeapFro…

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Injaro invests in Mali’s Seed Sector

10 September 2015

Bamako, Mali, September 10 2015: Injaro Agricultural Capital Holdings Limited (“IACHL”), the impact investment fund managed by Injaro Investments, announces its second investment in Mali’s agricultural sector. IACHL has signed an agreement to invest in Co…

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LeapFrog invests US$25mn in AFB Mauritius Limited

26 February 2015

LeapFrog Investments is investing US$25m in AFB Mauritius Limited (“afb”). afb is a disruptive financial technology platform that offers life-changing financial tools to financially-excluded consumers and small businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.  afb partn…

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Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire were the most active markets in West Africa with the highest number of recorded PE…

According to our new report, West Africa secured 24% of Africa’s total reported PE deal volume between 2014-2019 an…

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Africa’s rising middle class remains a key driver in the growth of African PE as Consumer Discretionary, Financials…

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