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Newsletter n°17 | April-May 2017



President of the consulting firmThéorème,
Specialist of health insurance issues working with I&P investees

Health security is a key concern for African families, regardless of their social and economic status. Besides the major and well-known pandemics (AIDS, malaria), we observe a rise of chronic diseases (sickle-cell disease, diabetes, hypertension) and diseases linked to pollution and poor living conditions. Life expectancy in Sub-Saharan Africa is the lowest of all the major continents, reaching just over 50 at the end of 2010. Given the situation, the healthcare structures are still very insufficient and poorly distributed on the territories.

Social protection is one of the key issues developed by  Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), which brings its support to expand the health coverage programs of its partner companies. The stakes are high: for each employee covered, it’s a whole family benefitting from social protection and healthcare. But considering the size of the companies, the challenge is to find efficient and economically viable solutions.
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New investments of the African funds sponsored
by I&P Développement 2

Sinergi Burkina and Teranga Capital, two impact funds dedicated to finance and support small and medium businesses in Burkina Faso and Senegal, have recently realized two investments in their respective portfolios: AgroServ and OuiCarry.

The team of 'AgroServ in Burkina Faso ©Béchir Malum

Sinergi Burkina partners with AgroServ, a company specialized in the transformation of corn. The fund also works since 2014 with Siatol, a young soybean processing company.

The Senegalese company OuiCarry represents the first investment of Teranga Capital, officially launched a year ago in Dakar. The company provides delivery services and allows its customers (individuals and businesses) based in Senegal to buy products from international commercial websites.

Olivier Furdelle, CEO of the fund, reflects on this new investment: s'est exprimé sur ce nouvel investissement: " We are very happy this first investment. We believe that the sector of e-commerce is only starting in Senegal. The promoters have demonstrated a great ability in finding a relevant positioning in the market, while some market players have faced more challenges to validate their model. It’s a great example that could inspire other entrepreneurs in Senegal, and demonstrate that they can find strategic partners to develop their projects"

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I&P's office in Côte d'Ivoire has a new adress and is now located in the neighborhood of Cocody (II Plateaux)

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Issa Sidibé joins the team as CEO of the new fund sponsored by I&P in Côte d'Ivoire, Comoé Capital.

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The team of I&P would like to thank its new advisors for their support: Michel Jacquier and Christine Descamps.

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Meeting with the promoters of OuiCarry in Senegal,
first investment of Teranga Capital

OuiCarry is a young Senegalese company providing delivery services and allowing its customers (individuals and businesses) based in Senegal to buy products from international commercial websites.

The company was co-founded in 2013 by three entrepreneurs: Olabissi Adjovi, Youssou Ndiaye Owens and Pape Oumar Yam.

 Pape Oumar Yam, Youssou Ndiaye, Olabissis Adjovi
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Scrimad's factory was offcially launched on May 5th in Antananarivo, with the presence of the partners of the company and several Malagasy authorities.

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Catherine Krobo-Edusei, Director of Eden Tree (Ghana) reflects on the trajectory of her company in an interview. The company will launch a new factory on May 27.

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France 2 published a report of the dairy sector in Senegal, and takes the example of La Laiterie du Berger, which became the 2nd producer of the country.


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The Senegalese company Neurotech asserts its commitment to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact and qualifies for the Global Compact Active level .


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A dozen of I&P's investees have been selected by the London Stock Exchange Group for its first report ‘’Companies to Inspire Africa”

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Afrique Méditerranée Business met Dr. Kacou, Chairman of Pharmivoire Nouvelle (Côte d'Ivoire), specialized in  medical intravenous solutions
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Impact Investing and Sustainable Development Goals (2/4)

We are following our exploration of the latest I&P's and FERDI's study on impact investment in Africa, focusing this time on the healthcare sector and the ways to involve the private sector on these issues.
Focus on the Sustainable Development Goal 3: "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being"

More than 800 million Africans do not have adequate sanitation services and almost 300 million live without access to clean and safe water.  Current estimates suggest that in order to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages” by 2030, USD 51-80 billion will be needed in developing countries alone.

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) recently published its 2nd report ''Network Insights'', on impact measurement in the health sector. The report examines the impact measurement approaches of 13 GIIN members, among which I&P. The GIIN organizes a webinar on this report on May 17 (click here to suscribe)
Sustainable Developmen Goals: how to involve the private sector

One of the key issue underlined by I&P's study was the need to involve both public and private actors to achieve the SDGs. Two recent initatives go in the same direction:

Early April, the OECD held a Global Forum on Development, with the objective to analyze existing initiatives to catalyse the power of the private sector in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Global Compact has developped a platform dedicated to the private sector, "SDGs explained for business". The latest paper, Make Global Goals Local Business underlines the need to drive business awareness and action to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.


In the Press

J.-M. Severino published an article on the ITC sector in the Sahel Region ("Sahel, Silicon Valley africaine?'') in the magazine l'ENA hors les mursRead more

Disrupt Africa  published an interview ''Meet the Investor'' with Hugues Vincent-Genod, Investment Officer for the fund IPDEV2. Read more

Olivier Furdelle, CEO of Teranga Capital, reflects on the landscape of private equity in West Africa in a video published by Ramses Media
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►Washington, May 15: J.M. Severino will participate to the ''Annual Institutionnal Investors Summit" organized by the EMPEA. Read More

►Antananarivo, May 17-20: Emmanuel Cotsoyannis will participate to the next meeting gathering French Foreign Trade Advisors, hold in Madagascar

►Paris, May 22: J.M. Severino will intervene to the first conference organized by the Club AFIC Impact, gathering several French impact investors and aiming to introduce this new financing model.

►Accra, May 31: O. Lafourcade will participate to the Development Finance Forum organized in Ghana by the World Bank. Read More

►Londres, June 1st: The GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network) and ISLP (International Senior Lawyers Project) organize a conference on the legal practices of impact investing Information and registration

Investiseurs & Partenaires (I&P) is an impact investing group dedicated to the development of the African continent. I&P has invested in almost 60 small and medium-size companies across 15 countries. I&P brings long-term financing (ranging from €30k to €1.5m) as well as strategic, managerial and technical support to its investees. 

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