Impact investors learn value of African education sector

Financial Times, Andrew Jack  08/28/19 Youthful population fuels demand for privately funded classroom programmes Educational: Pupils at Bridge International Academies in Nigeria © Bridge International Academy Share on Twitter (opens new window) Share on Facebook (opens new window) Share on LinkedIn (opens new window) Save Andrew Jack AUGUST 28 2019Print this page In classrooms across Nigeria’s Edo state, teachers are equipped with information systems designed…

Low-income countries hit by ‘double burden’ of malnutrition extremes

By: Gareth Willmer Lower-income countries are increasingly facing a double blow from the impact of both undernutrition and obesity, which often coexist within the same community – and are even found within the same families or individuals. That’s the warning from a report published in The Lancet, which found that 14 countries with among the world’s lowest incomes had newly developed this “double burden” of malnutrition by the 2010s compared with…

IFC: Three promising investment opportunities in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya This article was originally published by the IFC. Kenya has long been an economic powerhouse in sub-Saharan Africa. With a vibrant private sector, generally reliable infrastructure, and strong labour force, Kenya is well-positioned to maintain its status as the region’s economic front-runner. The World Bank Group’s recently-published Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) for Kenya has pinpointed three promising areas for growth potential – provided government…

Rwanda’s housing sector an opportunity for private investment

DAVID LAWRENCE, 11/25/19 Rwanda has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, driven by economic and structural reforms and strong international support. Growth averaged 7.5% annually in the decade to 2018. The government has even higher goals through its National Strategy for Transformation and Vision 2050 strategy: to reach middle-income status in 15 years. That will require an economic shift toward high-value, competitive sectors, particularly those that could…

Mapping energy tech for electrifying rural Africa

By: Verenardo Meeme [NAIROBI] Researchers have identified the most economical energy technologies for rural electrification across Africa. With more than 600 million people living in Africa — particularly rural dwellers — lacking access to electricity, researchers say that their findings could help policymakers make informed decisions on rural electrification on the continent. “If rural communities access electricity, growth will be accelerated at a bigger scale than what it is now.” Samuel…

Climate change and conflict could fuel hunger in 2020

By: Issa Sikiti da Silva [NAIROBI] Millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa could face grave hunger in the first half of 2020 because of armed conflict, political instability and climate change-linked disasters, a report says. The report published by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) this month says that the countries affected will require life-saving food assistance and investment to prevent humanitarian catastrophes. According to estimates of the United Nations High…

Africa’s youth want to cultivate careers, not just crops

By: Sylvia Ng’eno 04/02/20 We need to ensure that Africa’s future farmers not only grow crops but careers as well, argues Sylvia Ng’eno By 2050, Sub-Saharan Africa will be home to a third of the world’s young people, who will play a key part in feeding future generations. No region is this phenomenon of having more young people in the future more apparent than Sub-Saharan Africa. However,  the fact…

Subsidies are key to better fertilizer access, study shows

16/8/2019 By: Inga Vesper Subsidies for manufacturing companies could help improve access to fertiliser in developing countries without increasing environmental stress, a team of international researchers has proposed. In an article reviewing scientific evidence, the team presented a strategy to manage global fertiliser use while minimising nitrogen pollution — a common side effect. They note that it will be essential to increase access to fertilisers in developing countries in order…

The State of Foreign Direct Investments in Africa

Foreign Direct Investments – FDI Flows – to Africa rose by 11 per cent to $46 billion in the past year, and in 2019, a number of factors, including the the realisation of African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) could support additional flows. According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2019, here is how Africa stands. In 2018, FDI flows to Africa defied the global downward…

Understand the potential for impact investment in Africa

As with global impact investment trends, practice remains nascent in Africa but has the potential to grow and significantly contribute to the continent’s economic growth and development objectives. African governments have historically supplemented public spending with inflows of official development assistance (ODA) from developed and other emerging markets, in order to meet the basic service needs of their populations. The 2008 financial crisis and the…