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Why AfricaSIF Matters (Part 3) - Guest Blogger

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, In : General 
The 2010 Soccer World Cup has given the world a taste of Africa. The national ‘gees’ and
energy in supporting Bafana Bafana and the other teams has shown that the spirit of Ubuntu
exists strongly in South Africa. The country’s people, economy, its tourist attractions and
meeting of the FIFA deadlines has proven that it is possible for an African country to deliver on
promises.

The African people, their cultures, resources and investment opportunities are the richness of
Africa; yet Africa is ...

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Why AfricaSIF Matters (Part 2)

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Thursday, August 5, 2010, In : General 
AfricaSIF has brought together a community of individuals committed to sustainable development on the African continent. Though the team stretches across the globe and brings together professionals with widely diverse backgrounds, each team member understands the urgent necessity for socially responsible investment in Africa and believes that AfricaSIF will be an important catalyst for positive change.  
 
As explained in an earlier post, this week you'll be able to read testimonials on why Afr...
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Why AfricaSIF Matters

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, In : General 
AfricaSIF has brought together a community of individuals committed to sustainable development on the African continent. Though the team stretches across the globe and brings together professionals with widely diverse backgrounds, each team member understands the urgent necessity for socially responsible investment in Africa and believes that AfricaSIF will be an important catalyst for positive change.  

As shown on the earlier post, this week you'll be able to read some testimonials from team...

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Responsible investment in Africa ... Impossible dream or achievable reality? Why not just say AfricaSIF mission?

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, In : General 
You'll find below the personal explanation from Nina Corynne Dongkeng (one of AfricaSIF's interns) on why AfricaSIF matters.

 "This is not a secret! The 21st Century and especially the past three years have dramatically affected the world, and the human condition … leaving each of us face-to-face with our responsibilities, our fears, our devils. Indeed, it seems that the following negative events - global financial crisis, swine flu, and more recently earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Taiwan, ...

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“Strengthening Sub-Saharan Africa’s Health Systems”

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, In : General 

Continuing the Africa Sustainable Investment Forum’s look at the June 2010 McKinsey Quarterly’s focus on Africa's growth, this week’s blog post will offer a perspective on the article titled “Strengthening sub-Saharan Africa’s health systems: A practical approach”, by Lowell Bryan, Michael Conway, Tineke Keesmaat, Sorcha McKenna, and Ben Richardson. 

As an independent not-for-profit network, knowledgebase and advocate for sustainable investment across Africa, AfricaSIF recognizes...


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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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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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AfricaSIF word spreads; news from RIAA

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, In : General 
AfricaSIF is the beneficiary of good news spreading fast! Within 24 hours of our invitations to the 9 June JSE launch event 1 going out we have had congratulations from as far afield as Sydney, Port Louis, Paris, New York and London to our efforts.

Most unusual news came from the newswire dedicated to sustainability stories, CSRwire, based in the US. We heard from a friend of AfricaSIF working at the US Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] that Graham last saw at the EPA/Conference Board even...
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Recognition of ESG Reporting and Practices in South Africa

Posted by Graham Sinclair on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, In : General 
It is always encouraging hearing about positive developments on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research, reporting, or investing activities on the African continent.

Few weeks ago, the Social Investment Forum (SIF) published a press release to mark the publication of their 3rd report focusing on emerging markets:  “Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in Emerging Markets.” The article explained that “Few Companies in Emerging Markets Offer Comprehensive “ESG” Reporting; ...


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The AfricaSIF project goes live

Posted by Graham Sinclair on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, In : General 
The AfricaSIF blog is a weekly post on news and happenings from the AfricaSIF project team of interest to investors in Africa. The AfricaSIF project is our grassroots plan building a network, knowledgebase and advocate to make investment in African sustainable investment. AfricaSIF [Africa Sustainable Investment Forum] has a vision that investment in Africa will integrate environmental, social and governance factors [ESG] so the capital deployed will be a net positive to our sustainable devel...
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