The Fintech Revolution: how mobile money is transforming Africa

The fintech industry in Africa is predicted to be worth $3 billion by 2030 and some of the most successful African start-up stories of the last decade have built their business models on mobile money. We spoke to Milkah Wachiuri, Chief Growth Officer at Cellulant, a leading pan-African digital payment platform, about the impact of fintech on African markets and how Cellulant plans to scale-up its business.  

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Connecting Africa: how tech is breaking down barriers to trade

‘Kobo360 is using technology to connect cargo owners, truck owners, drivers and cargo recipients.’ Logistical challenges are often cited by businesses as a major impediment to building scaled-up and profitable operations in Africa. We spoke to Ife Oyedele II, Co-Founder of Kobo360, about how technology is breaking down barriers to trade in Africa and his ambitious vision to expand Kobo360 across the continent.

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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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'By the way...' A Conversation with Algy Cluff

Algy Cluff has been at the heart of the extractives industry for close to 50 years and shows no sign of slowing down. Despite retiring earlier this year, he is in the process of launching a new African venture, Cluff Energy Africa Ltd. This comes in addition to writing three books, producing his own sparkling wine and heading up his charity, The Remembrance Trust. In the wake of the publication of his third volume, ‘By The Way…,’ Invest Africa sat down to speak to him about the history of Cluff Resources, the evolution the oil and mineral industries in Africa and what the future holds.

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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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