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Newsletter n°18 | July 2017


Patrick Guillaumont

President of the Ferdi - Foundation for International Development Study
and Research 

The Foundation for International Development Study and Research (Ferdi), was created in 2003 on the initiative of the Cerdi (University of Auvergne and CNRS). Its purpose is to promote a fuller understanding of international economic development and the factors that influence it.

"The partnership between I&P and the Ferdi is a long-standing one to say the least! We notably worked together last year on two ambitious projects: the publication of the book Entreprenante Afrique and the study “Investing in Africa’s Development”, published in October 2016.
A few months ago, the Ferdi  launched its Institute for Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development (IHEDD), a private higher education establishment whose mission is to respond to current issues in public development policy on the basis of research results.
From October 9 to 11, 2017 in Paris, the IHEDD and I&P will organize a high-level training on impact investing that will allow the participants to understand the issues of impact investment and to fully immerse themselves in the initiatives of some pioneers in France. (...) The Ferdi is glad to partner one more time with I&P on this very innovative project!"

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Launch of I&P Conseil, a "lab" for African SMEs

Building on its 15-year experience in financing and supporting African entrepreneurs, Investisseurs & Partenaires is developing a consulting activity aiming to improve the business environment and develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa.

I&P Conseil provides study, training and project development services to institutional and private actors in Africa who wish to better understand the dynamics and issues at stake in Africa and to develop their activities or promote local entrepreneurs.

Press Conference with Elodie Nocquet, ESG & Impact Director, Cécile Carlier, Director of I&P Conseil, and Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires

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I&P co-organizes a high-level training on impact investing, hold on Paris in October. A few spots are still available!

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Emmanuel Cotsoyannis joins the team as the Director of the fund Miarakap in Madagascar,  which will soon realize its first closing.

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I&P publishes for the first time a short document presenting its ESG & Impact policy, as well as the 5th annual Impact Report of the fund IPAE 1.

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Mamadou Sanankoua,
CEO of Conergies (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali)

Mamadou Sanankoua manages Conergies since 2011, after several years spent in Europe and in Canada. Conergies is specialized in the design and installation of air conditionning and industrial coooling systems

Returning to Côte d'Ivoire, he takes over the family business and actively participates to the development of the company, in partnership with I&P since 2012.

Interview Mamadou Sanankoua, Conergies
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The Ghanaian company Eden Tree, specialized in the processing of fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables, opened its new factory in presence of the team and several actors of the agro-industry sector.


PEG won an Ashden Award for their innovative approach to Pay as you Go technology to provide solar energy to West Africa. The Ashden Awards are recognized as a mark of excellence in the field of green energy.

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The Burkinabe company BAKOU LOGISTICS was recently awarded a congratulatory certificate and a bronze prize for its fiscal, social and economic contribution to the Economy.

 Young Leaders: Eric Pignot, co-founder and director of Enko Education, was one of the 20 entrepreneurs selected to be part of the first edition of the Young Leaders, promoted by the Foundation AfricaFrance. Read More


The fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs welcomes a new company in its portfolio: La Société Malienne de Blanchisserie, a Malian company providing a complete laundry service to hotels in Bamako.

The company takes in charge the collect, cleaning and delivery of the hotels’ linen. The company counts the biggest hotels in Bamako among its clients, including Azalaï, Radisson and El Farouk.



Impact Investing and Sustainable Development Goals (3/4)

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 SDG #7: Enercy access

Context: According to the Africa Energy Outlook (2014), Two-thirds of the population in Africa live without access to electricty. For people living off the grid, kerosene lamps are the primary lighting source, an expensive technology that is also unsafe. Explore ►

New Report: In a new report "Lights, Power, Action: Electrifying Africa", the Africa Progress Panel explores the potential of off-grid solar energy and minigrids in Africa. Read more

Study: in 2016, Field Actions Science Reports dedicated a special issue to the topic of decentralized energy in developing countries. As underlined by J-M Severino, " In an optimistic scenario, the revolution would create, notably in Africa, which is the ideal region for such, a new energetic model that is the complete opposite of centralized models" ►

Who is financing impact investors?

I&P 's study had a look on the investors supporting impact investing funds: who are they and what are their motivations? Looking more specifically at the funds active in Africa, we observe that Fund managers raise capital from a wide variety of investor types and that Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) have played a key role in catalyzing the impact investing sector in Africa, not only through direct investments made into enterprises, but also by investing in impact funds.

According to the last "Annual Impact Investor Survey" published by the GIIN, 60% if the impact investing funds raise capital from family offices and HNWI, and 40% from banks, pension funds and DFIs. ►


►Washington, September 25: The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) organizes its annual conference, with the participation of O. Lafourcade and E. Debled

►Paris, October 9-11: I&P co-organizes a high-level training on impact investing, in partnership with the Foundation for International Development Study and Research. (Ferdi)

►San Francisco, October 10 : D. Munnich and K. Ramdi will take part to the 10th edition of the SOCAP (Social Capital Markets)

Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) est un ensemble de fonds d'impact entièrement dédié au continent africain. Avec 75 millions d'euros sous gestion, I&P a accompagné une soixantaine de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises réparties dans 15 pays africains.

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