The Impact Accelerator, managed by CDC, was created in 2015 to develop the market for impact investing in some of the most remote and challenging business environments in the world. After two years of investing, the team has produced a publication, which makes a series of practical recommendations to investors in emerging markets on how to build an impact-focused portfolio.
The report also highlights the investments its made since 2015. These include:
- 14 Trees: A joint venture with LafargeHolcim, a building materials manufacturer, to increase the production of a low-carbon alternative to bricks in Africa.
- Virunga Energy: A hydo-electric power company providing electricity to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region which has endured two decades of conflict has just three per cent electrification
- Africa Improved Foods: A co-investment with Dutch company Royal DSM, which produces fortified foods to address malnutrition in children in Rwanda and Ethiopia.
You can read the report in full here.
CDC Group plc is the UK’s development finance institution. Wholly owned by the UK Government, it invests in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with the aim of supporting economic development to create jobs. CDC takes a flexible approach and provides capital in all its forms, including equity, debt, mezzanine and guarantees, to meet businesses’ needs and achieve development impact. CDC has net assets of £4.8bn.