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Browsing Archive: June, 2010

Investing in Africa's Health

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, In : General 

In this month's McKinsey Quarterly, Tim Knapp, Ben Richardson and Shrey Viranna informed readers of what they believed where the three most promising healthcare delivery approaches in Africa. The authors assert that a model comprised of local health officers, telemedicine and mobile clinics would effectively solve the access to health care problem at low costs. The Africa Sustainable Investment Forum believes that in a region where women face 100 times the risk of maternal mortality tha...


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The African Challengers: Global Competitors Emerge from the Overlooked Continent

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, In : General 


“Their ambitions may be larger than their revenues but collectively they are making a mark,” states the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in its recent report charting the uptick of Africa’s top 40 fastest growing companies i.e. the African challengers.  These challengers not only contributed to Africa’s 5.3% GDP growth during the years of 2000-2008 but are also accelerating the pace for sustained economic growth across the continent.  However, they are not the only entities worth watchin...


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Some Great Speakers in 2 Minutes!

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Thursday, June 10, 2010, In : Events 

In fitting with AfricaSIF approach to new thinking for new capital in Africa, we tried a new approach to putting the powerful voices of different perspectives along the value chain to share their thining on sustainable investment last night at the Launch Event 1 hosted by the JSE SRI Index. A big thank you to Jay Naidoo, Chair of both Development Bank of South Africa and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition); Judge Mervyn King, Chair of the Global Reporting Initiative and King Commiss...
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This is It! Launch Event 1 Tonight at Johannesburg Stock Exchange!

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, In : Events 

It is with great pleasure that the AfricaSIF community is launching its international road show tonight with an initial official event in Johannesburg. Distinguished guest speakers and dozens of key players in the investment, sustainability, and international development fields are expected for this initial event. Please keep posted for our upcoming launch events.  We are indeed looking forward to meeting you in Cape Town (some time in June), Lagos, Nairobi, Cairo/Tunis, Geneva, London, Par...


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Private Equity Africa

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, In : General 

Last Thursday (June 3, 2010), one of our new AfricaSIF team members, Ike Nwagbara (Masters in Finance from the London Business School), had the opportunity to attend a London-based event on private equity in Africa. Here is a summary of his experience:

“ This was an exciting event. Speakers and panelists, included:

  •  Chris West, Director, Shell Foundation
  • Thomas Ferede, Investment Professional, DPI
  • Kem Ihenacho, Partner, Clifford Chance
  • Paresh Shah, Managing Director, Stargate Capital
  • Moderato...

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Focus on Africa's growth in McKinsey Quarterly

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, In : General 

With the upcoming launch of AfricaSIF and the start of the World Cup, it’s certainly an exciting week for Africa!  The eyes of the world are on the continent, and it is the perfect opportunity to showcase all of the great progress that has been made towards sustainable development.  With the momentum of all of this positive energy, Africa has the opportunity to very publicly position itself as the next successful frontier market for investment and economic growth.

One organization that has...


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