Promoting a new generation of African entrepreneurs is at the heart of I&P's mandate. We have developed a rigorous methodology to measure and monitor the impacts of our partner companies. We are also committed to promote African entrepreneurship and we regularly develop advocacy projects to amplify our impact.
Our impact objectives
I&P supports initiatives with a strong social impact on the real economy, mainly in poor and fragile countries on the African continent, and partners with responsible companies that promote inclusive growth and have a strong potential for impact on their local stakeholders: employees, customers, suppliers and distributors, the State…
Promoting the emergence of a new generation of African entrepreneurs is at the heart of I&P's impact mandate.
Beyond this core mission, our impact strategy is based on four key pillars: employment, local populations, climate and gender.
Promote the emergence of a new generation of African entrepreneurs,
especially in fragile and least developed countries
Zoom: I&P's contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals
Adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) broaden the challenges of poverty eradication and integrate a wide range of interconnected objectives into the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
I&P refers to the framework established by the SDGs to assess its impacts and contribution to key development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Measuring and monitoring impact
I&P has implemented a rigorous methodology to measure and monitor the impacts of its partner companies.
Our Impact reports
■ Annual ESG & Impact Reporting
I&P releases annually the ESG & Impact Reporting of the funds under management. A public version of each reporting is avaiable on our website:
■ 360° Impact Studies
Once a year, I&P conducts in-depth impact studies on one or several companies, based on field research. The studies focus on the social and economic impacts of the companies.
SMEs: key actors for sustainable growth in Africa
Developing a network of formal SMEs and start-ups is key to ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth in sub-Saharan Africa:
• These companies create stable and decent jobs for skilled and unskilled workers
• Improve access to essential goods and services in domestic markets
• Build and structure the fabric of African economies by working mostly with local suppliers
• Contribute to political stabilisation and social redistribution.
In Africa, we observe a significant lack of formal SMEs, mainly explained by the difficulties to find adequate financing and skills. This SME gap is called the “missing middle".
Our advocacy mission
I&P has adopted a proactive advocacy policy to promote the recognition of SMEs as vectors of change and the implementation of appropriate financing solutions in Africa.
Stimulating entrepreneurial spirit in Africa and promote a new generation of men and women entrepreneurs on the continent
Fostering the growth of private equity in Africa, a relevant financing solution for SMEs
Mobilizing financial resources and contributing to the development of impact investing in Africa and the world
I&P regularly publishes studies and reports addressing concrete issues related to its expertise: impact investing, SME mentoring, private equity....
ARTICLES & BLOG
The team of I&P regularly shares its experience and best practices in the areas of impact investing and African entrepreneurship with specialized media and blogs.
Project "Small is Powerful"
Reports on portfolio companies
Nutri'Zaza, Grands Prix de la Finance Solidaire (2015)
Genemark, + D'Afrique
Focus: the project Small is Powerful
As an analytical and visual project, Small is Powerful gathers impact studies and on-site reportages. The project focuses on the entrepreneurs and office life, but also assesses the impacts these enterprises have on their environment and their stakeholders (job creation, infrastructure, improvement of living conditions…)
Before each reportage, there is extensive preparatory work with the SMEs, filling in an impact assessment matrix specifically drawn up by the project team and based on EU recommendations in the domain. The study questions the impacts of the company on its ecosystem (employees, clients, suppliers, local communities…). The contents of the matrix constitute a check-list which then guides the visual production (photo and video) during a 10-day reportage on-site.