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Africa will become a major economic force”: J.-M. Severino on Europe 1 Listen to the Program (in French)

“Unlocking Equity for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in Africa” D. Munnich and H. Vincent-Genod on the blog Business Fights Poverty. Read the article

21st Century will be Africa’s century”: J.-M. Severino and P. Baraton in the annual report Money and Moral worldwide 2014. Read the article (FR)

Interview of P. Carpentier in the magazine Les Afriques Read the article (FR)

“African continent is going to be radically transformed in the coming years” J.-M. Severino on Arte Watch the Program


I&P News 

Sidy Niang joined I&P’s team as Investment Officer, based in Burkina Faso. Visit his profile page

I&P is the only French fund manager selected for ImpactAssets 50 in 2014. Read the Press Release




O. Lafourcade will participate to the GIIN Meeting on January 19th and 20th 2015, held in Zurich on the following theme: Building the European Impact Investing Market

J. Hajdenberg will speak at the Annual Conference on Private Equity in Africa, hosted on January 27th  by Jones Day

J.-M. Severino et O. Lafourcade will attend to L'école d'Hiver organized in Menton by Sciences Po  on January 22nd and 23rd

I&P partners with Kusuntu for the 3rd Africa Finance Conference held on February 12th in Paris. 

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Jean-Michel Severino and I&P team are wishing you the best for 2015!

A perfect time to review the main highlights of 2014 and the projects of the coming months. 
Read the edito 

InfraAfrica Development (IAD): Addressing the Missing Link in Smaller Infrastructure in Africa  

Investisseurs & Partenaires associates with InfraMed, the largest investment vehicle dedicated to infrastructure in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. 

The purpose is to contribute to a more inclusive and sustainable African growth by developing and funding smaller-size, new infrastructure projects in remote or underequipped Africa regions.

Read the Article

Portrait : Khadidiatou Nakoulima
Manager of NEST (IPAE),  Sénégal

Khadidiatou Nakoulima has followed a particularly interesting career path. Soon after her graduation, Khadidiatou decides, with her brother, to launch a medical network for Women and Children in Senegal. The project materialized in 2011 with the opening of a first medical platform, followed by the opening of a maternity ward in 2013. 

Read the Interview of Khady Nakoulima
Small is powerful in Senegal: Watch Joan Bardeletti's movie 

In Short: News from our Partners

I&P annual training seminar gathered about 40 entrepreneurs coming from 11 different countries. Held in HEC Paris on November 27th and 28th, the seminar focused this year on Management Information System (MIS). The issue is indeed crucial for African SMEs to guarantee the efficiency and good management of their operations.

Three experts on the subject, used to support I&P's partner companies, have expopsed the main issues and challenges relative to the Management Information System. The seminar was also the opportunity for entrepreneurs to present their own achievements and difficulties on that field. 

Find out more about the Seminar

Founded in 2007, SINERGI Niger successfully completes a first cycle of investment by exiting two companies from its portfolio. The portfolio is performing well, with an average annual revenue growth of 40%. More than 200 jobs have been created by these SGBs. Learn more about the exits
Investisseurs & Partenaires and ACEP-International are currently working on the setting up of a pan-African microfinance group that would gather the Comorian Development Bank and the national branches of ACEP, established in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Niger and Madagascar.  Read the article
The Cameroonian agribusiness company Kawtal, specialized in corn production, plans to develop and diversify its activities in the next few years, as part of a partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture to foster the agricultural potential of the region. Read the article
Nary Razakasolo and Nkaja Ravelomanantsoa, co-founders of PhileoL (Madagascar) explain their development model and bring some answers to the following question: “How do you establish a business in a landlocked and traditionally closed area?” Read the article (in French) 
Investisseurs & Partenaires and Planète d'Entrepreneurs have carried two extensive impact studies on two SMES established in Madagascar: Nutri'Zaza and ACEP Madagascar. The Impact Evaluation Reports are available on our website. Download the Reports

Intelligence & Analysis


A new generation of African Entrepreneurs is emerging: investment funds have a crucial role to play to support their economic growth 

  • The last report Doing Business 2015 , published by the World Bank, is in many respects encouraging: it notably highlights that Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for the largest number of businesses reforms, with reforms aimed at reducing the complexity and cost of complying with business regulations and reforms aimed at strengthening legal institutions. 
  • Tony Elumelu signs an article in the special edition The World in 2015 published by The Economist: he recalls the major impact African entrepreneurs may have on social and environmental issues. While the Tony Elumelu Foundation launches a $100 million fund to support African entrepreneurs, the article explores how and why ‘’Entrepreneurs will transform Africa"

Impact investing gains wider visibility in North America as networks and communities gathering key actors of the sectors are being developed 
  • Launched in 2007 under the initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, the GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network), the GIIN has emerged as a major network of the sector. It represents the largest global community of impact investors, with more than 190 members. I&P joined the GIIN membership two years ago.
  • Morgan Simon, co-founder of the Toniic network, stresses the importance of bringing the individuals and firms actively involved in the field of impact investing together: “by banding together as a community, we can find ways to make this a more viable investment category
  • Investisseurs & Partenaires has been selected for the first time this year for the Impact Assets 50, an annually updated list conceived, as described by ImpactAssets, as a gateway into the world of impact investing for investors and their financial advisors”. I&P is the only French firm to be selected this year. Read the Press release. 
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