World Climate Day: review of the report "State of the Climate in Africa"

 

To mark International Climate Day, I&P reviewed the "State of the Climate in Africa" report published by the World Meteorological Organization.

The environmental issue has become increasingly important at I&P, and is now a key pillar of our impact thesis. Climate change has and will have very concrete operational consequences for some small and medium-sized African companies: the issues of resilience and adaptation must be at the heart of the debates.

 

 

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Publication of the Report of the Regional Economic Outlook of IMF

 

What are the economic prospects in sub-Saharan Africa? The International Monetary Fund (IMF) answers these questions in its semi-annual report on the Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa and presents two key themes: competition and competitiveness in product markets and domestic arrears in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

 

A summary of the report

 

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I&P publishes a report on formalizing SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

A few months after conducting two field studies in Madagascar and Senegal, I&P is publishing a summary report on the challenges and impacts of SME formalization in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This report is primarily a practical document for entrepreneurs who wish to formalize their activities and for African investors and governments who are seeking to promote a formal entrepreneurial sector.

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EMPEA’s Report on SDGs, with a case study on I&P

 

EMPEA (an independent organization for private capital in emerging markets) published a new report entitled “Private Equity’s Role in Delivering the SDGs: Current Approaches and Main Practices”. The report also features several case studies, including one on I&P’s alignment strategy with the SDGs.

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Lesson 9: "Small businesses in Africa need patient capital and time to grow"

 

With the lesson n°9 from "Fifteen Years, Fifteen Lessons from Africa", we continue to share insights about key elements characterizing the impact investing sector and we focus here on the frequent need to extend the investment period when targeting small and young enterprises in Africa. Extending the investment period often appears necessary to enable these companies to reach their full growth and impact potential.

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Which economic model to support SMEs? Focus on Lesson n°8

 

The eight lesson of the document "Fifteen Years, Fifteen Lessons from Africa" analyzes I&P’s choice to focus on small investments led by African entrepreneurs in fragile states. This represents an impact choice, motivated by the fact that there are very few financing solutions available. That being said, this choice has several consequences on the economic model of the fund.

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