Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) and the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI) published in 2016 a study on impact investment in Africa, entitled “Investing in Africa’s development: how impact can contribute to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa”.

According to the study, impact investment offers a wide range of growth opportunities and represents an innovative and efficient answer to the development challenges of the continent.

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The study presents

► The main characteristics of impact investors, and how they can contribute to solve development challenges

► The landscape of impact investment in Africa: 19% of total assets under management in 2015 has been disbursed in Sub-Saharan Africa (the second largest amount worldwide, behind North America), but a very limited number of countries and sectors benefitted from it

How Impact Investment can contribute to meeting the SDGs in Africa, grouped into 8 main “SDG investment areas” where the private sector can play a key role: 1) Fighting poverty and inequalities, 2) Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security, 3) Healthcare, Water and Sanitation, 4) Education, 5) Energy Access, 6) Infrastructure and Innovation, 7) Sustainable cities and 8) Environment and Biodiversity


As part of this agenda, the UN put out a strong call to action for the private sector to play a fundamental role in achieving these goals. Indeed, the SDGs cannot be achieved without the active involvement of responsible businesses. The private sector will be essential in creating sustainable, productive and decent employment, economic prosperity, resilient infrastructure that underpins sustainable development and innovations that create green growth and opportunities for all, especially the poor. Impact investors can be at the forefront of addressing this challenge



The Foundation for International Development Study and Research (Ferdi), was created in 2003 on the initiative of the Cerdi (University of Auvergne and CNRS). Its purpose is to promote a fuller understanding of international economic development and the factors that influence it.
It supports research activities that make use of the most modern and most directly relevant instruments of economics to study development, and seeks to strengthen the potential of the French-speaking world in this area.
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