Playing the long game: how DFIs can drive sustainable industrialisation in Africa

The UN General Assembly has declared 2016-2025 the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa. Yet, Africa’s manufacturing value added accounted for only 1.6% of the global total in 2014. We spoke to Franziska Hollmann, Director of Corporate Finance at the German Development Finance Institution, DEG, about how sustainable industrialisation can be achieved in Africa and crucial role that patient capital plays in this process.

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Powering Africa: how private equity can help address Africa’s energy deficit

Over 600 million Africans do not have access to electricity and yet the continent boasts some of the best solar radiation levels in the world. With this wide array of under exploited opportunities, it is no wonder that private equity firms have been turning to African energy markets. We spoke to Scott Mackin, Managing Partner at Denham Capital about the role that private equity can play in addressing Africa’s energy funding gap.

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‘Affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’: private equity powering SDG 7

With African governments across the continent focusing on improving access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy in line with Sustainable Development Goal 7, private investment in this sector is of paramount importance. To take advantage of the liberalisation of the power sector in Africa, Denham Capital launched a new Africa Power Investment Platform last year in partnership with Themis. The platform has an initial target of $250 million of equity investments in natural gas and renewable power generation across the continent.

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