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Global collaboration on sustainable investment advances as leadership of sustainable investment organizations meet in London

Posted by Graham Sinclair on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, In : Events 
Sustainable investment membership organizations in major markets today agreed to join forces to create a trailblazing report on the global scope of sustainable and responsible investment. For more than a decade, these regional bodies have produced research reports, generally on a biennial schedule, on the trends in sustainable and responsible investing within their own markets.  The release of this harmonized global “Trends” report, the first ever, is scheduled for December 2012.

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Investing for the future: Goldman Sachs Asset Management (“GSAM”) on the importance of environmental, social and governance evaluation

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Friday, March 2, 2012, In : Marketplace 

By Jim O’Neill and Dolores Bamford

Within the investment community, environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) evaluation has shifted from the margin to the mainstream.  Below, Jim O’Neill and Dolores Bamford address economic growth and opportunities in South Africa as well as the integration of ESG evaluation into the investment process.

 

Africa’s Growth Conditions by Jim O’Neill

More and more investors are increasingly focused on the opportunities...


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Watching Sustainable Emerging Markets, London 24-25 May 2011

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : Events 
Its a sunny day in London for day 2 of the Sustainable Emerging Markets conference #sustainable2011 being held at the Renaissance Hotel in Holborn. All the whos who of the Responsible Investing (RI) world is here.

Each guru and aspiring guru is talking, listening and sharing. But where is arguing? Arguing, although a word which usually carries negative connotation, can in actuality often be a very positive insight provider. I am personally new to this field of SRI, RI, or ESG investment...

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AfricaSIF Launch Event 2 in Cape Town a Success!

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Events 
Building on the initial roadshow launch event in Johannesburg few weeks ago, AfricaSIF's second launch event was a success according to its attendees.

As Hylton Brown, one of AfricaSIF's Steering Committee members, explained: "The AfricaSIF event held last night at ASISA was a massive success, not only in attracting like-minded individuals, but in delivering a strong message that it’s up to us as Africans to bring about change, and that we can do it in a sustainable manner. What also came t...
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AfricaSIF Launch Roadshow 2010 Event 2: Cape Town 3 September 2010

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Events 

CAPE LAUNCH OF PAN-AFRICAN SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT NETWORK 

 

The Africa Sustainable Investment Forum (AfricaSIF) Launch Roadshow 2010 made its second stop, launching in Cape Town on Thursday. Investment industry body, Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), hosted the event at their headquarters in Newlands.

  

AfricaSIF is an independent pan-African not-for-profit network, knowledgebase and advocate promoting sustainable investment across the continent.  Association for Savi...


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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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Africa Equity Focus Day - Bloomberg

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Events 

Last June 2010, AfricaSIF Intern Ike Nwagbara attended a conference on private equity in Africa. 

Here is his account of the event.

"The FIFA World Cup has Africa in the world’s spotlight. Recently, Bloomberg hosted the Africa Equity Focus Day, a seminar designed to educate investors about investing in Africa. A distinguished panel of four experts on the continent were assembled and they included:

  • Daniel Brody – CIO Silk Invest

  • Plamen Monovski – CIO Renaissance Capital

  • Faroo...

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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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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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AfricaSIF promoted at HEC Paris MBA 2010 Social and Sustainable Business Conference

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Saturday, May 29, 2010, In : Events 
The MBAs and career changers attending the HEC Paris MBA 2010 Social and Sustainable Business Conference in Paris were exposed to AfricaSIF as a sidenote in a panel on sustainable investment on Friday. We had an inspired, robust seminar. As the speakers and audience experienced all experienced (and feedback suggests) the material we shared and how we shared it went well. Our panel covered the spectrum of sustainable investment from a broad brief for the panel. Due to lack of long-term plannin...
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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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