Why?            Leapfrogging Investment           Proposition

The AfricaSIF vision is that the global finance and investment sector practising their profession in/into Africa advances sustainable development through integrating ESG factors in all investment decisions and helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs].

AfricaSIF seeks to highlight global best practice applied to the African context and to bring African solutions to the world. We believe Africa has strong long-term growth prospects and that future development must be sustainable.  We welcome the challenge from the 44th president of USA:

“Africa’s future is up to Africans. This is a new moment of great promise. [I]t will be you…the young people brimming with talent and energy and hope who can claim the future that so many in previous generations never realized...Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions”. - 44th president of USA, in his address to the Ghanaian parliament in Accra on 11 July 2009

"There's sometimes a tendency to focus on the challenges that exist in Africa -- and rightfully so.  But I think it’s important for us to also focus on the good news that’s coming out of Africa," - remarks by President Obama and President John Atta Mills of Ghana in Oval Office, Washington DC, USA, 8 March 2012 is designed to be a pan-African knowledgebasenetwork, and advocate for integrating ESG factors into investment in Africa. Members may be institutions, international organizations or individuals.  AfricaSIF grows the knowledge base with research and analysis papers, increases the capacity of sustainable investors by connecting ideas and assets, and promotes sustainable investment by providing a benchmark on the size of the sustainable finance market in Africa every 2 years starting in 2010 to coordinate with research surveys and trends reports from SIFs around the world.

We as investment practitioners and policymakers in Africa are some part of the change toward living on a planet with finite resources and diversity of cultures. We seek in our professional lifetimes an integration of environmental, social and governance [ESG] factors into investment decisions. As the "Africa Rising" becomes a new and positive refrain in an era where The Economist suggests "We Are All Africans Now", we as Africans and investment practitioners know we cannot afford another generation to be lost. 

"...[S]mart aid can be a reforming tool, demanding accountability and transparency, rewarding measurable results, reinforcing the rule of law, but never imagining for a second that it’s a substitute for trade, investment or self-determination."  - Bono, lead singer of U2 and co-founder of the advocacy group ONE and (Product) RED  in “Africa Reboots”, New York Times 18 April 2010