Venture Capital

LeapFrog Investments Makes Three Leadership Appointments, Following Record Fundraise

23 July 2020

LeapFrog Investments Makes Three Leadership Appointments, Following Record Fundraise Experienced leaders will drive strong returns and governance for the leading impact investor LeapFrog Investments, the Profit with Purpose investment group whose compan…

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AVCA Board appoints Dara Owoyemi as Interim CEO

21 July 2020

London, United Kingdom: 21 July 2020: Today, the Board of Directors of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) announce the appointment of Dara Owoyemi as Interim CEO, following the departure of Michelle Kathryn Essomé last month…

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IFC Supports Access Bank with US$50mn Loan to Strengthen Local Businesses in Nigeria in the Wake of COVID-19

20 July 2020

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a loan of up to US$50mn to Access Bank Plc to help the bank increase liquidity to thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria which are navigating the economic challenges of COVID-1…

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IFC’s US$12mn Loan for Steel Plant in Ghana to Create Jobs, Support Skills

16 July 2020

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a US$12mn loan to Rider Iron and Steel Ghana Limited to support the company’s construction of a steel manufacturing plant that will increase Ghana’s domestic steel production, creating thousands of di…

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AVCA featured on CNBC Africa's Power Lunch

13 July 2020

'Tokunboh Ishmael, Chair of AVCA's Board, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Alitheia Capital speaks with CNBC Africa on Africa booming venture capital industry.  To watch the full interview, please click here.

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AVCA speaks with Venture Capital Journal (Subscription Content)

08 July 2020

Alexia Alexandropoulou, Research Manager at AVCA speaks with Rebecca Szkutak, Reporter at Venture Capital Journal on AVCA's latest Venture in Africa report.  To read the full interview, please click here.

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CDC Group commits US$100mn into Helios Investors IV

07 July 2020

Establishes stronger partnership with premier African private equity manager and presents an opportunity to collaborate on co-investment opportunities Supports efforts to mobilise capital to African businesses and continued investment in companies acro…

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AVCA featured on Classic Business

06 July 2020

Alexia Alexandropoulou, Research Manager at AVCA spoke with  Michael Avery of the Classic 1027 radio show, Classic Business on Africa's venture capital industry's hot sectors and participating investors.  Listen to the full interview here.

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CDC Group commits US$50mn to AfricInvest Fund IV

02 July 2020

CDC Group and Finnfund today announce a US$70mn commitment to AfricInvest Fund IV, a generalist pan-African fund aiming to foster the growth of African enterprises across the continent. CDC, the UK’s impact investor and development finance institution, co…

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IFC, IFU and Proparco invest US$108.5mn into North African healthcare company Humania

30 June 2020

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, IFU, the Danish Investment Fund for Developing countries, and PROPARCO, member of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) group, are providing an equity financing package of up to US$108.5mn to Humania, a priva…

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IFC approves US$25mn investment into Lorax II fund

26 June 2020

IFC approves US$25mn investment into Lorax II fund. To read more, please click here.  -END-

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Proparco commits US$30mn into Africinvest Fund IV

25 June 2020

Through a US$30mn investment in the first close of AfricInvest’s new multisector private equity fund, Proparco will support the development of strong local and regional consumer-driven businesses across Africa. AfricInvest is one of the pione…

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IFC invests EUR10mn into Tunisian Date Exporter VACPA

25 June 2020

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing EUR10mn in financing to Tunisian date processing company VACPA, part of an effort to preserve jobs, especially for women, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The company, the country’s largest exporter of dates, …

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Inside Capital Partners announces fifth investment

23 June 2020

In line with its vision to better manage the environment and support the socio-economic uplifting of the Region where it operates, Inside Equity Fund has committed to invest US$2.75mn in Alpha to finance the doubling of its waste collection and processing…

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Proparco co-invests in the development of the first green mall in Central Africa

18 June 2020

Like many cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon (4 million inhabitants), is experiencing rapid population growth, especially among the middle class, and a strong urban transformation. Changes in consumer habits and the i…

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IFC Provides Loan to Nigeria’s Zenith Bank to Support SMEs, Address Challenges Related to COVID-19

16 June 2020

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a loan of up to US$100mn in Nigeria’s Zenith Bank Plc to help it increase support to clients and companies whose cash flows have been disrupted by challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.IFC’s loa…

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CDC Group signs partnership memorandum with Rwanda Finance for the Development of the Kigali International Financial Center

16 June 2020

New financial center designed to support inward investment into Africa CDC to play key advisory role in creating new legal framework for financial hub CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, today signed a pa…

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AVCA featured in Africa Global Funds (Subsription Content)

16 June 2020

AVCA's Head of Research & Training, Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye discusses the findings of AVCA's research on climate change, the implications of climate change on Africa's PE ecosystem and the role African PE can play in reducing the risks of climate chan…

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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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Sanlam launches urgent job-preservation initiative in response to COVID-19

10 June 2020

Sanlam Investments is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through large-scale support of the recovery of South African companies, from small enterprises to corporates that employ a large number of people. Sanlam has committed R2.25bn of its own capital to…

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Proparco co-invests in Ethiopian FMCG Platform

08 June 2020

This operation is Proparco's first mezzanine transaction in Ethiopia and will support job creation, the development of local agribusiness, import substitution and economic growth in the country. Proparco and Ethos Mezzanine Partners have announced a …

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IFC commits up to US$30mn to AfricInvest Fund IV

04 June 2020

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has invested up to US$30mn in AfricInvest Fund IV. Read more.

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AfricInvest recieves US$30mn commitment from U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

04 June 2020

Projects support developing countries reeling from COVID-19 and include first transactions using equity and technical assistance The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Board of Directors has approved US$1bn of investments that will …

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EIB approves debt investment of US$10mn into the InsuResilience Investment Fund

02 June 2020

EIB approves debt investment of US$10mn into the InsuResilience Investment Fund managed by Blue Orchard. Read more

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CDC Group announces co-investment in mPharma under Venture Scale-Up Programme

01 June 2020

The deal is one of the first investments under CDC’s Venture Scale-up Programme  mPharma aims to dramatically reduce the cost of essential medicines in Africa, making quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all consumers in Africa  To …

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Swedfund supports healthcare actors in Nigeria, Madagascar and India with Covid-19 related emergency response

26 May 2020

The pressure on healthcare facilities is greatly increasing in developing countries as the Covid-19 virus spreads. Based on long experience of working with sustainable investments in developing countries Swedfund supports different actors in the healthcar…

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​Swedfund supports SMEs in East Africa with EUR5mn

22 May 2020

In order to support small and medium-sized companies following the Covid-19 outbreak the Swedish Development Finance Institution, Swedfund, now increases the liquidity available to these companies by lending 5 million EUR to Platcorp, a financial institut…

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Pearl Capital Partners Invests UGX 4.6bn in NASECO

22 May 2020

Pearl Capital Partners, which manages the Yield Uganda Investment Fund, has made a seventh investment of UGX 4.6bn (ca. US$ 1.2m) in Naseco (1996) Limited (NASECO). NASECO, which has had operations for over 20 years, produces, processes and distributes ce…

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Flourish Ventures leads Series A round in Apollo Agriculture

21 May 2020

Africa’s agricultural output is much lower than its potential. Africa has a quarter of the world’s agricultural land but produces less than a tenth of its food. In comparison, China has 10% of the agricultural land and produces 20% of the world’s food sup…

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RENEW Make Follow-on Investment in Ethiopia’s #1 Online Food Delivery Company

21 May 2020

RENEW and the Impact Angel Network Make Follow-on Investment in Ethiopia’s #1 Online Food Delivery Company in Response to Spike in Demand Due to COVID-19 Members of RENEW's Impact Angel Network (IAN) have funded a third investment in Roadrunner Technol…

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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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Alitheia IDF receives US$10mn commitment from the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF)

08 May 2020

The Open Society Economic Justice Program, via its impact investing arm, the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), has committed $15 million to two women-led investment funds that advance economic and gender equity. These investments—US$10mn in Alithei…

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Covid-19: "In Africa, investment funds with a local footprint have a great advantage"

06 May 2020

La Tribune Afrique interviews AVCA's Head of Research and Training, Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye. Read more

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Proparco invests US$20mn in SPE AIF I fund to support SMEs in North Africa

30 April 2020

Through a US$20mn equity investment in the SPE AIF I investment fund, Proparco supports SMEs undergoing periods of strong growth or transition, in the industrial, health and education sectors in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. SPE AIF I is a private equi…

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Àrgentil Capital Partners backs the development of COVID-19 Mobile Testing Laboratories in Nigeria 

29 April 2020

Àrgentil Capital Partners (“Àrgentil”) is providing support to a number of initiatives to help with the healthcare emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has seen us provide financial resources to pay for a full complement of medical staff at on…

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TLcom Invests US$1mn Pre-Seed Funding into Okra

27 April 2020

Nigerian fintech platform Okra has secured a US$1mn pre-seed fundraise from TLcom Capital, strengthening its push to build the infrastructure for Africa’s next wave of fintech innovation. With the first API in Africa to retrieve real-time financial data f…

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Standard Bank takes 40% stake in Payment24

24 April 2020

Standard Bank has acquired a 40% stake in the digital fuel management solutions and telematics company Payment24 Group. Payment24 Group is a technology development firm that supports companies with large fleets. Launched just over five years ago to fill …

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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, econ…

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African Development Bank Group unveils US$10 bn Response Facility to curb COVID-19

08 April 2020

The African Development Bank Group on Wednesday announced the creation of the COVID-19 Response Facility to assist regional member countries in fighting the pandemic. The Facility is the latest measure taken by the Bank to respond to the pandemic and wil…

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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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CNBC Africa interviews AVCA’s Head of Research and Training

11 March 2020

CNBC Africa discusses the findings of our new African Private Equity Industry Survey with Enitan Obasanjo, AVCA’s Head of Research and Training. Watch it here

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Fintech TerraPay raises $9.6 million from IFC and Partech

03 March 2020

TerraPay announced today that a consortium of investors, including Prime Ventures, Partech Africa and management acquired the company for an undisclosed sum. In addition, the same investors, joined by IFC, invested US$9.6 mn in TerraPay to fund the compan…

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Partech leds US$2mn Seed Round Investment in Gebeya inc.

06 February 2020

Encouraging further development of the African tech scene, the online software outsourcing Marketplace company Gebeya have secured a $2 Million dollar seed round investment co-led by Partech and Orange Digital Ventures and followed by Consonance Investmen…

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CDC Group makes US$15mn commitment to TLcom’s TIDE Africa Fund

20 January 2020

CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, has committed US$15mn to TLcom’s TIDE Africa Fund to support early-stage high-growth start-ups across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). With a presence in the key financial hubs of Lagos an…

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DEG invests EUR30mn into AfricaGrow Fund of Funds for African SME and VC funds

27 November 2019

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH is supporting African small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups to gain access to long-term financing more easily. It has committed EUR30mn to the AfricaGrow fund of funds, managed by Al…

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FMO Ventures Program signed at Africa Investment Forum

11 November 2019

EUR40mn in guarantees for FMO’s innovative early-stage investment program Today, at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, FMO and the European Commission (EC) signed the guarantee agreement for the FMO Ventures Program. The EC has provided EUR40mn…

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African Development Bank inks EUR12.5mn deal with Adiwale Fund for SMEs

18 October 2019

The African Development Bank on Thursday signed off on its EUR12.5mn equity investment in Adiwale Fund 1, a first-generation private equity fund targeting high growth potential Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in francophone West Africa. The Ban…

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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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Verod Capital Exits UTL Trust Management Services Limited

09 October 2019

Verod Capital Management Limited (Verod) is pleased to announce, via its sophomore fund, Verod Capital Growth Fund II LP (Fund II), that it has completed an agreement and received regulatory approvals to fully exit its ownership of UTL Trust Management Se…

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Flourish Ventures leds £10mn Series Funding Round of Digital Banking Startup FairMoney

16 September 2019

FairMoney, a Paris-based fintech startup, has closed a $10 million-euro Series A round of investment led by Flourish, a venture of The Omidyar Group, the partners of DST Global, and existing seed investors Newfund, Speedinvest, and Le Studio VC. Launched …

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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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Kasada Capital Management raises over US$500mn for new hospitality fund dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa

26 April 2019

Sub-Saharan hospitality investment platform Kasada Capital Management has reached a first close on its maiden fund Kasada Hospitality Fund LP with equity commitments of over USD 500 million. This is in line with a first announcement disclosed in July 2018…

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Partech announces the final closing of its Partech Africa fund above hard cap at EUR125mn

31 January 2019

Partech announces the final closing of its Partech Africa fund at €125 M ($143 M) above its hard cap and establishes East Africa presence. The Partech Africa Fund achieves a final closing at €125M, more than double the size of its first closing a year …

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FMO ventures into Ethiopia with First Microfinance Loan Guarantee to Tackle Financial Exclusion in Rural Areas

18 December 2018

The Hague, 18 December 2018 - Dutch development bank FMO has taken its first step into the financial sector of Africa’s second most populous country, with the extension of a 65% partial guarantee on a BIRR 108mn (US$ 4.0mn) loan by the Commercial Bank of …

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GTR Ventures invests in Orbitt

02 November 2018

London/Singapore – October 30 2018: GTR Ventures, the world’s first investment and venture-building platform specialised in trade and supply chain, has announced an investment in Orbitt – a pan-African focused fintech deals platform. Orbitt connects inve…

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FMO Participates in USD 16 Million Funding Round for South African Point of Sale Payments Provider Yoco September 6, 2018

06 September 2018

FMO will co-invest USD 1.7 Million alongside Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund, managed by Quona Capital, in South African-based Point of Sale payments Provider Yoco in a joint funding round totaling USD 16 Million. It marks the first direct equity investmen…

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TLcom Capital raises US$40mn for new Africa tech fund

23 June 2018

Nairobi, Lagos, London - TLcom Capital (TLcom), the VC fund started in London two decades ago with over US$300mn under management and tech investments spanning Europe, Israel and the US, today announced that commitments to the TIDE Africa Fund have hit US…

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Oasis Capital Ghana Limited closes Oasis Africa venture capital fund

14 May 2018

Accra, Ghana - May 14th 2018 - Oasis Capital Ghana, a West African private equity fund manager, announces the final closing of its second fund, the Oasis Africa VC Fund (“Fund II”), at US$50.5mn at 31st December 2017. The fund will invest in Small and Med…

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IFC Venture Capital Leads US$8.6mn Series A Investment in Africa’s Talking, Supporting Disruptive Technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa

26 April 2018

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced that it led the US$8.6mn Series A equity investment in Africa’s Talking, a Kenyan based communication-platform-as-a-service (“cPAAS”) API startup, to enable the startup to expand its footprint across …

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Vakayi Capital announces first investment in Zimbabwe

03 October 2017

Vakayi Capital, a venture capital firm, has availed about US$400,000 to Homelux Property Development which will go towards the development of residential stands in Tynwald Harare. Vakayi is an SME-focused fund which was established last year. It has to da…

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TLcom reaches first close for VC Fund at US$40mn

26 June 2017

TLcom Capital, the VC fund started in London two decades ago with over US$300mn under management and tech investments spanning Europe, Israel and the US, today announced that commitments to the TIDE  Africa Fund have hit US$40mn. TIDE Africa is the first…

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Oasis Capital Ghana invests in Everpure Holdings

28 April 2017

Oasis Capital Ghana, managers for Ebankese Venture Fund (EVF) and Oasis Africa VC Fund (OAF), are pleased to announce their investment in Everpure Holdings Ltd (Everpure), a water bottling company operating in Ghana. The investment was made out of OAF, an…

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IFC, Omidyar, Quona and Lundin Foundation invest in Zoona

22 August 2016

African financial technology company Zoona has successfully raised US$15mn (ZAR200mn) in a second round of financing. This Series B round is led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and will help Zoona scale up…

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CDC to launch 14Trees, a joint venture to bring low-carbon, affordable housing materials to developing countries

22 July 2016

CDC Group plc (CDC), the UK’s development finance institution, and LafargeHolcim have today announced the creation of 14Trees, a joint-venture that aims to accelerate the production and commercialization of Durabric - an environmentally-friendly, affordab…

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AVCA announces changes to Legal & Regulatory Committee

17 June 2016

London, UK, 2 June 2016: The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) today announce a series of changes to the leadership and membership of its Legal & Regulatory (L&R) Committee. Folake Elias-Adebowale, Partner at Udo Udoma…

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Old Mutual acquires 100% of AIIM

25 November 2015

Cape Town, South Africa, 25 November 2015: Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI), a boutique of Old Mutual Investment Group, has announced an agreement to acquire the 50% of African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) that it does not already ow…

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