The State of Foreign Direct Investments in Africa

Foreign Direct Investments – FDI Flows – to Africa rose by 11 per cent to $46 billion in the past year, and in 2019, a number of factors, including the the realisation of African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) could support additional flows. According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2019, here is how Africa stands. In 2018, FDI flows to Africa defied the global downward…

Understand the potential for impact investment in Africa

As with global impact investment trends, practice remains nascent in Africa but has the potential to grow and significantly contribute to the continent’s economic growth and development objectives. African governments have historically supplemented public spending with inflows of official development assistance (ODA) from developed and other emerging markets, in order to meet the basic service needs of their populations. The 2008 financial crisis and the…

Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies

Africa’s economic growth is creating substantial new business opportunities that are often overlooked by global companies. Consumer-facing industries, resources, agriculture, and infrastructure together could generate as much as $2.6 trillion in revenue annually by 2020, or $1 trillion more than today. Africa’s collective GDP, at $1.6 trillion in 2008, is now roughly equal to Brazil’s or Russia’s. While Africa’s increased economic momentum is widely recognized,…

Investir dans l’éducation pour le développement de l’Afrique

L’Afrique a besoin d’investissement dans l’éducation, l’emploi et l’émancipation des jeunes, afin d’offrir à sa jeunesse de véritables perspectives d’avenir. L’éducation est un pilier fondamental du développement à long terme et doit être le moteur de l’émancipation de la jeunesse africaine. Avec une croissance estimée à 170 millions d’enfants d’ici 2030 selon l’Unicef, le Berceau de l’Humanité n’a jamais aussi bien porté son nom. Pour…

Facing Forward: Schooling for Learning in Africa

Africa faces a twin crisis of access and learning. Well, this is not true for all countries in the region. Yes, there are an estimated 50 million children of primary and lower secondary school-going age—almost a quarter of all children in that age group— who are not in school at all or who have dropped out of school. And about 40 percent of out-of-school children…

Investments in Agribusiness in Africa

”Africa’s agriculture sector has been growing at a steady pace and might turn the continent into an economic power. Africa might be able to feed itself and the world if it keeps putting a focus on enhancing efficiency in using its resources. The focus on agriculture emerged from the willingness of African policymakers to capitalize on their strengths to achieve economic growth. Following this line…

L’Afrique, eldorado des énergies renouvelables

” le continent dispose d’un énorme potentiel énergétique renouvelable, encore largement inexploité. « Bien sûr, l’Afrique est plurielle. Certains pays, notamment le Maroc pour le solaire, le Kenya pour la géothermie ou l’Éthiopie pour les barrages, sont déjà bien avancés quand d’autres, plus fragiles, comme le Mali ou le Niger, sont moins dotés même s’ils progressent rapidement », nuance Christian de Gromard de l’Agence française…

Impact investing is shaping the future of the world, says this Houston expert

“According to the Morgan Stanley survey mentioned above, more than $22.8 trillion is invested sustainably. As the impact investing movement continues to grow, we are seeing an increase in funds dedicated to social and environmental change. According to the 2018 survey, 77 percent of asset owners believe they have a responsibility to address sustainability through investing. And, 31 percent of the respondents said climate change…

Investing for Social Impact Is Complicated ?

  “Investing in companies or organizations that make a positive change on society can be a bit like indulging in a vice: A lot of people might enjoy it privately, but they’re not comfortable talking about it publicly. When asked about this strategy, known as impact investing, investors typically give a lukewarm response or sidestep the topic altogether, researchers have found. A common refrain is…

Africa , Land of Opportunity

African countries must be better linked through roads, railways, ICT, power infrastructure networks, and ports and harbours. But regional infrastructure development facilitates inclusive growth only when it supports productive employment, poverty alleviation and the reduction of inequality.  A “coalition of the willing” approach should be encouraged in advancing the management of regional migration, instead of merely relying on immigration control. RECs should recognize regional qualifications,…