I&P and USAID gather in Dakar to celebrate the new partnership for Investment Impact in Africa
News | 01/12/2016
  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) gathered on November 30 in Dakar to celebrate the new partnership, announced last October, that consists in launching an innovative impact investing and entrepreneurship acceleration...

I&P joins Global Entrepreneurship Week, celebrating its partnership with USAID
News | 17/11/2016
  I&P contributes to the Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14-18 2016), the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and entrepreneurs who launch startups, bring new ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Following the launch of the new partnership with...

Jean-Michel Severino participates to IGNITE conference in Amsterdam
News | 16/11/2016
  Spark and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) present the 4th IGNITE Conference 2016: Tackling Instability, Radicalisation and Forced Migration. This year’s conference focuses on how we can tackle root causes of instability, radicalization and forced migration in Africa,...

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PEG Africa raises $1.5 million to support distribution of solar home systems in Ghana
Entrepreneurs | 02/11/2016
  PEG Africa, West Africa’s leading pay-as-you-go financing firm, with operations in Ghana and Ivory Coast, has raised a $1.5 M in a debt round led by Responsibility in participation of Oikocredit’s and SunFunder, to fund the purchase of solar home systems that will reach 75,000 people in...

I&P publishes a new study on impact investment and the SDGs
Intelligence & Analysis | 27/10/2016
  Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) and the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI) publish a study on impact investment in Africa, entitled “Investing in Africa’s development: how impact investing can contribute to meeting the Sustainable Development...

Portrait of Jaco Chan Kit Waye, co-founder of Indian Ocean Trepang in Madagascar
Entrepreneurs | 24/10/2016
  A true "Serial entrepreneur" highly committed on environmental issues, Jaco Chan Kit Waye created the first Malagasy business specialized in the aquaculture of sea cucumbers, Indian Ocean Trepang (IOT). ► Read more on IOT     Jaco Chan Kit Waye has long been...

A crowdfunding campaign to support 6000 smallholder farmers in Madagascar
Entrepreneurs | 22/10/2016
After a first successful campaign for the Mauritanian company CDS, I&P partners again with the American crowdfunding platform Kiva. The new projets aims to support the activities of Phileol, a Malagasy company specialized in the collect and transformation of ricin seeds. The loan of 50 000...

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I&P co-organizes the 5th training seminar dedicated to its investees
Entrepreneurs | 21/10/2016
  From October 19 to 21, Investisseurs & Partenaires, in partnership with the African Club of Entrepreneurs (Club Africain des Entrepreneurs), organizes the fifth annual meeting of its partners, gathering about fifty managers of African businesses in CEDEP, Fontainebleau. Organized in...

Land of African Business: 2nd edition in Paris
News | 20/10/2016
  The Land of African Business organizes in Paris the second edition of its annual meetings. The LAB is a flagship event for Africa, proposing unique meetings and innovative solutions. Alongside the presentations by 50 start-up finalists African Rethink, several panels are provided,...

A year after the seminar on CSR issue: a review of the actions undertaken
Entrepreneurs | 19/10/2016
  One year after the training seminar on CSR (Corporate Social Responsabilities) issues, the entrepreneurs and the training team assess the action plans undertaken over the last months. It appears that many of the companies implement policies to improve the well-being of their employees,...

FACTS report publishes an article on the company CDS
Entrepreneurs | 10/10/2016
    The FACTS Reports magazine published an article devoted to the company CDS, specialized in water and energy access in Mauritania. For almost ten years, CDS has been operating water and electricity off-grid networks in remote villages in Mauritania. Chosen by the authorities...

I&P and USAID partner to accelerate small growing businesses in the Sahel region
News | 06/10/2016
  The impact investing group Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) announces a partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch an innovative acceleration program in Niger, Burkina Faso and Senegal. The alliance aims to bring high potential start-ups and...

Enko extends its network with the opening of a new school in Douala
Entrepreneurs | 05/10/2016
  Enko Education, supported by the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs since august 2016, opened a new school in Cameroon, pursuing its objective to build a large network of private high-schools in Sub-Saharan Africa. Enko develops a 3-year high school program, awarding the International...

Growth Perspectives in Africa: where is the continent standing?
Intelligence & Analysis | 03/10/2016
  The last reports published by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund reveal a signifgicant decrase of growth on the continent. Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to fall to 1.6 percent in 2016, the lowest level in over two decades. That being said, the pattern...

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J.-M. Severino and J. Hajdenberg publish a new book: "Enterprising Africa"
News | 28/09/2016
  Paris, September 28, 2016: In their last book*, published by Odile Jacob, Jean-Michel Severino and Jérémy Hajdenberg demonstrate how the economic growth and the development of the African continent is building upon a booming private sector, and most specifically upon emerging startups and...

I&P participates to ANDE annual conference
News | 26/09/2016
  Investisseurs & Partenaires will take part to ANDE annual conference to be held in Leesburg, Virginia in the United States 26 to 28 September 2016 The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs intends to play its role as an incubator for small and growing businesses Composed of...

I&P completes two new exits
News | 26/09/2016
  I&P Développement 1 (IPDEV1), Investisseurs & Partenaires’ historical fund launched in 2002 by Patrice Hoppenot, realized two new exits in Mauritania and in Senegal. In it ten years of operation, IPDEV1 has invested 11 million euros in 33 startups and small businesses based in...

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I&P participates to the first “Rencontres Africa 2016"
News | 22/09/2016
  The 22 and 23 September is held in Paris “Les Rencontres Africa 2016”to promote a new energy to economic cooperation between France and Africa. The meeting is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Foundation Africa France and Export Group Class. Read...

The founders of Enko Education publish an article on education issues in Sub-Saharan Africa
Entrepreneurs | 12/09/2016
The Blog Private Sector and Development has recently published an article by Eric and Cyril Pignot Nkontchou, co-founders of Enko education, supported by IPAE since August 2016. Enko Education aims to build one of the largest African networks of private schools in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a strong...

Siatol Burkina Faso Impact
New impact Study released: Siatol in Burkina Faso
Entrepreneurs | 08/09/2016
  I&P conducts once a year an in-depth impact study on one of the companies in portfolio so as to analyse its economic and social impacts. The study, conducted in partnership with the FERDI and (Im)Prove, focuses this year on Siatol, a company based in Burkina Faso and specialized in...

Focus on women entrepreneurship in Africa
Intelligence & Analysis | 05/09/2016
  McKinsey’s last Women Matter report focuses for the first time on Africa. It looks at the top management and examines women’s representation on Africa’s corporate boards and executive committees. Women are still under-represented at every level of the corporate ladder, and only 5% of the...

Khady Nakoulima (NEST) among the winners of the Young African Leaders Initiative 2016
Entrepreneurs | 02/09/2016
  Khadidiatou Nakoulima, founder and director of the clinic NEST in Dakar, participated to the Young African Leader Initiative (YALI) competition, initiated by Barack Obama and organized by the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), as part of the Mandela Fellowship Program....

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I&P Summer Newsletter is online!
News | 29/08/2016
  Included in the issue of August 2016: editorial by Manu Dibango to present the project Africa Radio • 3 new investments of the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs • Portrait of Jules Kébé and Sokhna Diagné of Duopharm in Senegal • News of our partners • Focus on women entrepreneurship in...

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the fund IPAE invests in 3 pan-African companies
News | 01/08/2016
  The fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs (IPAE), which entered its last year of investment, welcomes three new companies in its portfolio. Operating in various sectors (agri-business, education and audiovisual), these SMEs share a common pan-African vision and development strategy....

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Portrait: Sokhna DIAGNE & Jules Kébé, Duopharm
Entrepreneurs | 20/07/2016
  I&P publishes each quarter the portrait of one of its partners.This month we focus on Sokhna Ndiaye and Jules Kébé, chairman and CEO of Duopharm in Senegal.  Duopharm distributes pharmeceutical products (more than 4,500 references to date) throughout the country. The...

ESG Impact Reporting
I&P publishes IPAE's annual ESG & Impact Report
News | 04/07/2016
I&P published the annual ESG & Impact Reporting for the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs (IPAE). Launched in 2012, the fund holds about twenty SMEs operating in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the Indian Ocean in portfolio.  I&P Impact & ESG team collects every year a...

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PEG completes $7.5 million round to expand activities in Africa
Entrepreneurs | 22/06/2016
  Accra, Ghana –  PEG, the leading off-grid solar company in Ghana, announced today that it has closed a $7.5 million Series A round.  The funding will be used to expand operations in Ghana, build out the management team, and to enter Ivory Coast. ► Read the...

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J.-M. Severino publishes new article: "the challenge facing impact investors"
Intelligence & Analysis | 09/06/2016
  The blog "Private Sector & Development", coordinated by Proparco, has recently published a contribution of Jean-Michel Severino, President of Investisseurs & Partenaires. Entitled "Acting sustainably to promote African small businesses: the challenge facing mission investors...

Club Africain des Entrepreneurs
Official Launch of the African Club of Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs | 03/06/2016
  The African Club of Entrepreneurs was officially launched on June 2, 2016 in Abidjan at the African Development Bank. The association, based in Ivory Coast, aims to contribute to the emergence of entrepreneurs across the African continent, allowing for direct exchanges and partnerships...

A first operational and impact evaluation for the 4th anniversary of the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs
News | 27/05/2016
  Launched in May 2012, the €54 million fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs (IPAE) currently counts 25 companies in portfolio, based in twelve Sub-Saharan countries. This fourth anniversary represents an opportunity for I&P to reflect on the operational status of the fund and the...