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Newsletter n°16 | January 2017


Jean-Michel SEVERINO

CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P)

With all the team of Investisseurs & Partenaires, I wish you a happy new year for 2017!

 2016 has been a big year for I&P: we continued to disinvest the fund I&P Développement, built and pursued our efforts with the fund IPDEV2, almost fully invested I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs… not forgetting the progress on the project I&P Africa Instructure and the start of our consulting activities.
We also developed our militant and advocacy activities, notably through two partnerships with the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI): the publication of the book “Entreprenante Afrique” co-written with Jérémy Hajdenberg and the release of the study “Investing in Africa’s Development”.


This year I&P is celebrating its 15th anniversary: an important step that we will allow us to reflect on the tremendous evolution and impacts generated by I&P since 2002! 

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I&P: Supporting African entrepreneurship for 15 years

In 2017, Investisseurs & Partenaires is celebrating its fifteen years of activity. A good opportunity to reflect on the creation and evolution of this innovative project, driven since the begining by the will to contribute to the emergence of a sustainable private sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

I&P has gradually built up a family of impact funds to meet the financing needs of African SMEs and startups and is currently gathering three investment vehicles dedicated to African companies:

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Stéphane Gompertz joined the team of I&P’s advisors in 2016 to bring his support and expertise on diplomatic and security issues in Africa.

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I&P contributed to the Global Entrepreneurship Week, in partnership with USAID, with the article "Accelerating African Entrepreneurship through local impact investing"
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Following the 360 ° impact study carried out in February 2016 by I&P and ImProve on Siatol in Burkina Faso, a video revisiting the main conclusions of the study has just been published
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Adedognin ABIMBOLA

Former Director of NoMAD in Bénin


Born in Benin in the late 1960s, Adedognin Abimbola moved to France with his sisters and brothers to study. Graduated from Toulouse Business School, he began his career in the group Decathlon. Willing to bring his own contribution to Africa’s development, Adedognin returns to Benin in 1996, where he launched several entrepreneurial projects.
Adedognin now wishes to share his extensive experience to African entrepreneurs, in particular those from the diaspora, in order to prepare them to address more serenely some of the obstacles and questions they might face.

"I felt it was necessary to give my professional life as a testimony to accompany the entrepreneurial impulse that we now observe on the continent. "

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Carrière et Chaux du Mali (CCM), specialized in the production of quicklime and lime quarrying, published a new video to present its activities.

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Neurotech participated in the second edition of the Jambar Tech Awards and was awarded the Best ICT Company Award.
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ENVAL (Côte d'Ivoire) has been selected as reference laboratiry for a new program based in ECOWAS in partnership with the EU.


The pharmaceutical company Duopharm in Senegal built a new warehouse, located within a few meters from its main agency.
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Viseo (Côte d'Ivoire) launched a VIP area early December, offering top-of-the-line brands and services. The company also recently starteda Facebook page!
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Folly Koussawo, CEO of Trianon in Gabon and Bagoré Bathily of La Laiterie du Berger in Senegal have been interviewed by BBC Afrique
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In the coming newsletters we will have a closer look at I&P's and FERDI's study on impact investment in Africa, by exploring the main development issues identified : Fighting Poverty and Inequalities, Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security; Healthcare, Water and Sanitation; Education, Energy Access, Infrastructure and Innovation; Sustainable Cities and Environment and Biodiversity.
► The study is available (in English and French) here
Topic 1: Fighting Poverty and Inequality
Context: as recalled by the new report on Poverty and Shared Prosperity published by the World Bank, extreme poverty remains unacceptably high, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region now has the largest number of extreme poor in the world, 389 million, which accounts for half of the total number of extreme poor in the world, and more than all the other regions combined.

Impact Investment Contribution: Impact investors contribute to reducing inequalities by investing in the poorest countries as well as by investing for the benefit of the poorest populations (BoP), targeting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), rural region and small farmers, women and young people.
Topic 2: Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security

Context: Africa contains 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, approximately 70% of the population is directly employed in the agricultural sector. It is estimated that approximately 21% of Africa’s population is malnourished, according to FAO report "State of Food Insecurity in the World" (2015) 

Financing Needs:
USD 46 billion per year are needed to reach SDG2. UNCTAD (2014) projects that 75% of agricultural investments can be privately financed, mainly investments to increase the productivity of commercial agriculture.

Case Studies: Several Impact funds are specialized in agriculture : Injaro, AgDevCo, Agri-Vie, Doreo Partners, Root Capital, Voxtra... Injaro for instance targets individuals who earn a daily wage of USD 2 or less and smallholder farmers who cultivate less than 2 ha of land.


►Paris , January 26: J. Hajdenberg will present the book "Entreprenante Afrique" at the conférence ''Financing SMEs in Africa" organized by the African Business Club.

►Yaoundé, February 17: Raphaël Dumont will participate to the 6th Salon Promote, an international exhibition for SMEs and partnership

►Abidjan, February 22:
Nouss Bih and Mamadou Ndao will take part to the Euromoney Côte d'Ivoire  Conference

►Geneva, March 20 : J.-M. Severino will be present at the Africa CEO Forum

►London, April 3: O. Lafourcade and E. Debled will participated to ANDE's Member Meeting Anniversary 

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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