Impact Investing

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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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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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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