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About I&P Education to Employment

I&P Education to Employment is a blended finance program that aims to improve access to relevant, quality education and strengthen job training to better meet employers' needs.

The program will finance and support private institutions or companies producing education-related goods, services and technologies.

Status               Fundraising
Size (target)     €50 million
Access Fund    €16 million (€10,5 raised)
Tickets              €500,000 - €5million
Sectors             Education & Training

The program in a nutshell

An innovative blended finance program, consisting of an impact fund (equity and quasi-equity contribution, tickets from €500,000 to €5 million over a period of 5 to 7 years) and an access fund (seed financing, interest-free loans, technical assistance).

⇒ Targets: the program is aimed at African companies operating in higher education and training schools as well as ancillary services (publishing houses, Ed tech etc.)

⇒ Geographic focus: the program will focus on West Africa, including the Sahel, Central Africa, and the Indian Ocean - all of which are largely underserved by investors in education and development finance institutions (2/3 of investments). Investment opportunities will also be considered in North Africa and English-speaking countries.

 

Partners of the project

The initial partnership for the design and conception of the fund consists of the Government of Monaco as sponsor and funder, Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) as operator, and FERDI (Foundation for Research on International Development) as academic partner.

 

The Government of the Principality’s international development policy, which prioritises combatting poverty, supports more than 130 projects every year in 11 partner countries, primarily least developed countries. The aid focuses on four key areas of intervention to develop human capital - health, education, socio-economic integration and since 2018 food security - and prioritizes the most vulnerable populations (women, children, refugees, people with disabilities).

The Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI), was created in 2003 on the initiative of 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.

The team

Ben Kouakou

Director of Operations I&P Education to Employment

Ben Kouakou

Director of Operations I&P Education to Employment

Ben joined I&P in December 2020 as Director of Operations of the program I&P Education to Employment.

Elodie Hanff Koundouno

ESG & Impact Manager I&P Education to Employment

Elodie Hanff Koundouno

ESG & Impact Manager I&P Education to Employment

Elodie is the ESG / Impact Manager for I&P Education to Employment.

Elodie Yahaud

I&P Education to Employment Communication Officer

Elodie Yahaud

I&P Education to Employment Communication Officer

Elodie Yahaud is the I&P Education to Employment Communication Officer since August 2021.

Emilie Debled

Executive Director - Strategic Development

Emilie Debled

Executive Director - Strategic Development

Emilie joined the team in 2012 and in charge of I&P’s communication, advocacy, partnerships and fundraising.

Fatoumata THIAM

Portfolio manager I&P Education to Employment

Fatoumata THIAM

Portfolio manager I&P Education to Employment

Fatoumata is the I&P Education to Employment portfolio manager in Senegal since May 2021.

Manuela BOMA-ATTA

I&P Education to Employment Safeguarding Officer

Manuela BOMA-ATTA

I&P Education to Employment Safeguarding Officer

Manuela Boma-Atta joined I&P in April 2021 as I&P Education and Employment Safeguarding Officer.

Marcel Etchian

I&P Education to Employment Seed Manager 

Marcel Etchian

I&P Education to Employment Seed Manager 

Marcel is in been in charge of Amorçage I&P Education and Employment.

Néné Diallo

Seed Manager of the I&P Education and Employment Program

Néné Diallo

Seed Manager of the I&P Education and Employment Program

Néné joined the team in January 2020 as IPAS Seed Manager of the I&P Education and Employment Program

OluDele Sonekan

Portfolio manager I&P Education to Employment

OluDele Sonekan

Portfolio manager I&P Education to Employment

OluDele is the program portfolio manager for the I&P Education to Employment in Ghana.

Tom Dilly

Program Coordinator

Tom Dilly

Program Coordinator

Tom joined I&P in October 2017, as part of the International Volunteer Program of the Government of Monaco. He is a Program Coordinator.

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Focus: the feasibility study conducted by FERDI

Between September 2018 and May 2019, FERDI has conducted a feasibility study in order to guide on the strategy of conception of the impact fund. The study focused specifically on:

⇒ Gaining a better understanding of the African challenges in the sector of education

Identifying good educational practices that can be developed and spread more widely by the private sector

Analyzing the economic models of private operators in education

⇒ Reflecting on the role and potential contributions of impact investors in the sector

 

Discover the feasibility study

Download the executive summary: in French  | in English

 

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