Africa

Your patient, experienced partner in Africa

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We are the UK’s Development Finance Institution, backed by the Government of the United Kingdom. We are an impact investor with over 70 years experience and we invest exclusively in Africa and Asia.

Patient capital to
support your ambition

We provide patient capital to businesses and funds across every sector – find out more or speak to our local team.

We can commit:

Equity:

$10m to $250m
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Debt:

$10m to $250m
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We provide a broad range of bespoke, patient capital solutions across equity and debt.

We also offer trade finance, guarantees and technical assistance.

Fund investing:

up to $150m
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Partnering with established and emerging GPs, across a range of strategies and sectors, we help fund managers harness impact-led growth at the fund level and within their portfolios.

We offer a partnership
with purpose

A ‘triple pillared’ offering for business leaders and investment partners

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our triple pillared offering
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Drive growth and create
positive ESG outcomes

Sector expertise

We invest across a broad range of sectors. Investing with a sector lens means we can spot trends and opportunities ahead of the curve, giving you competitive advantage. This supports a business’s
growth journey.

Patient capital

We are uniquely positioned to offer businesses a broad range of capital solutions from $10m-$250m.
Unconstrained by exit time pressures, we stay with our partners to help them achieve their vision.
Our flexible capital solutions span the full range of equity, debt and funds.

Impactful partnerships

We partner with businesses across Africa and Asia to add value beyond capital.
Creating cutting edge ESG and impact strategies, we also focus on business integrity to build capacity and resilience and sustain long term success.
We can also provide access to our extensive network of senior business leaders and policy makers when appropriate.

Sector expertise

We invest across a broad range of sectors. Investing with a sector lens means we can spot trends and opportunities ahead of the curve, giving you competitive advantage. This supports a business’s
growth journey.

Patient capital

We are uniquely positioned to offer businesses a broad range of capital solutions from $10m-$250m.
Unconstrained by exit time pressures, we stay with our partners to help them achieve their vision.
Our flexible capital solutions span the full range of equity, debt and funds.

Impactful partnerships

We partner with businesses across Africa and Asia to add value beyond capital.
Creating cutting edge ESG and impact strategies, we also focus on business integrity to build capacity and resilience and sustain long term success.
We can also provide access to our extensive network of senior business leaders and policy makers when appropriate.

Our partnerships today include

In Africa

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$4.2 billion
Portfolio in Africa
Over four years (2017 to 2020) our portfolio grew 33%
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% Portfolio growth
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600+
Portfolio businesses in Africa
Over $1 billion
committed in Africa in 2020
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Our local presence in Africa

Impact-led, commercially rigorous; we focus on climate, gender and inclusive value strategies.

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Key facts

$326.7m Portfolio
80 Companies
32 Funds

Representative

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Seema DhananiHead of Office & Coverage Director, Kenya
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Key facts

$266.8m Portfolio
35 Companies
12 Funds

Representative

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Sherine ShohdyEgypt Coverage
Director Get in touch

Key facts

$37.3m Portfolio
21 Companies
10 Funds

Representative

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Vivianne InfanteCountry Representative Get in touch

Key facts

$140.9m Portfolio
41 Companies
27 Funds

Representative

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Happy-Girl ButheleziCoverage Director,
South Africa, Ghana,
Mozambique Get in touch

Key facts

$445.5m Portfolio
101 Companies
42 Funds

Representative

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Benson AdenugaNigeria Head of Office & Coverage Director Get in touch

Key facts

$27.7m Portfolio
6 Companies
6 Funds

Representative

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Happy-Girl ButheleziCoverage Director,
South Africa, Ghana,
Mozambique Get in touch

Key facts

$367.4m Portfolio
44 Companies
24 Funds

Representative

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Happy-Girl ButheleziCoverage Director,
South Africa, Ghana,
Mozambique Get in touch

Key facts

$144m Portfolio
13 Companies
8 Funds

Representative

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Dirk HolshausenZimbabwe & Zambia
Country Director
Get in touch

Key facts

$97.1m Portfolio
20 Companies
5 Funds

Representative

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Dirk HolshausenZimbabwe & Zambia
Country Director
Get in touch

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regional information

Egypt

Key facts

$266.8m Portfolio
35 Companies
12 Funds

Representative

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Sherine ShohdyEgypt Coverage
Director Get in touch

Ethiopia

Key facts

$37.3m Portfolio
21 Companies
10 Funds

Representative

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Vivianne InfanteCountry Representative Get in touch

Ghana

Key facts

$140.9m Portfolio
41 Companies
27 Funds

Representative

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Happy-Girl ButheleziCoverage Director,
South Africa, Ghana,
Mozambique Get in touch

Kenya

Key facts

$326.7m Portfolio
80 Companies
32 Funds

Representative

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Seema DhananiHead of Office & Coverage Director, Kenya
Get in touch

Nigeria

Key facts

$445.5m Portfolio
101 Companies
42 Funds

Representative

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Benson AdenugaNigeria Head of Office & Coverage Director Get in touch

Mozambique

Key facts

$27.7m Portfolio
6 Companies
6 Funds

Representative

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Happy-Girl ButheleziCoverage Director,
South Africa, Ghana,
Mozambique Get in touch

South Africa

Key facts

$367.4m Portfolio
44 Companies
24 Funds

Representative

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Happy-Girl ButheleziCoverage Director,
South Africa, Ghana,
Mozambique Get in touch

Zambia

Key facts

$144m Portfolio
13 Companies
8 Funds

Representative

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Dirk HolshausenZimbabwe & Zambia
Country Director
Get in touch

Zimbabwe

Key facts

$97.1m Portfolio
20 Companies
5 Funds

Representative

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Dirk HolshausenZimbabwe & Zambia
Country Director
Get in touch

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$10 billion
Raised to empower women's economic development globally
55 Terawatt-hours
of power generated in 2020 to boost livelihoods and increase economic development across our markets
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“We believe our flexible approach to investing can provide the growth capital your business needs to accelerate its journey. We help you to grow and prosper in a way that’s as good for your business as it is for society and the planet.

We would welcome the opportunity to get to know you and your business. You can get in touch here.”

Tenbite Ermias, Managing Director and Head of Africa

We are commited to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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CDC: your patient, experienced partner in Africa