PROVIDING
A STRONG &
UNIFIED VOICE

IMPACT INVESTMENT IN AFRICA ACTION PLAN

Outcome Areas

The Action Plan features Outcome Areas that require attention for Africa’s nascent impact investment sector to grow and substantially contribute to sustainable development on the continent.

Below is an overview of these areas with corresponding challenges and required activities.

The complete Impact Investment in Africa Action Plan is available for download here.

Key Sector Challenges to be addressed by the Outcome

Existing impact investment in Africa stakeholders are not adequately coordinated, resulting in duplication of efforts, limited awareness of what other stakeholders are doing and an African impact investment sector that is less effective than it could be.

Activities

  1. Launch Impact@Africa
  2. Update and finalise Impact@Africa Strategy & Business Plan
  3. Conduct mapping of all key stakeholders in the impact investment sector ecosystem, including their activities
  4. Update and finalise Africa Impact Investment Action Plan

Key Sector Challenges to be addressed by the Outcome

  • Limited understanding of impact investment as a concept by African leadership and key stakeholders
  • Limited understanding by African leadership and key stakeholders of the role that impact investment can contribute towards development goals
  • Limited involvement in impact investment by African high net-worth individuals

Activities

  • Create a network of African impact investors and policy makers
  • Facilitate (at least) 2 annual forums among key impact investment stakeholders

Key Sector Challenges to be addressed by the Outcome

  • A general lack of awareness and understanding of impact investment as a concept
  • Inadequate impact investment practice by Africa’s policymakers, mainstream investors and the general public
  • Limited understanding of the role impact investment can play toward the attainment of the SDGs

Activities

  • Compile campaign “hit targets”, design and layout advocacy and awareness raising plan with an outreach strategy (including e.g. to work with business schools to provide impact investment courses/programs)
  • Build regional networks comprised of credible sector stakeholders and roll out an advocacy campaign on impact investment as a contributor to SDG attainment

Key Sector Challenges to be addressed by the Outcome

  • Difficulty sourcing viable investments that meet both financial and social/environmental objectives
  • Poor visibility and inadequate recognition of social enterprise status
  • Poor linkages between social enterprises, investors and innovation networks

Activities

  • Conduct a preliminary identification, aggregation and compilation of social enterprises and business development service providers

Key Sector Challenges to be addressed by the Outcome

  • Inadequate policy and regulatory environment

Activities

  • Conduct a preliminary identification, aggregation and compilation of relevant policy actors, including ongoing activities relevant for impact investment

Key Sector Challenges to be addressed by the Outcome

  • Lack of capital supply across the risk/return spectrum
  • Difficulty exiting investments

Activities

  • Preliminary identification, aggregation & compilation of impact investors
  • Preliminary compilation of the work of key DFIs and other large investors and the leverage thereof on such work
  • Development of a partnership framework with the relevant actors

Key Sector Challenges to be addressed by the Outcome

  • Limited availability of innovative fund and deal structures

Activities

  • Conduct feasibility study to explore options for the creation of an Impact Investment in Africa fund/fund of funds
  • Conduct a preliminary compilation of innovative finance models, instruments, initiatives and case studies

Key Sector Challenges to be addressed by the Outcome

  • Poor and inconsistent impact measurement practice

Activities

  • Conduct preliminary identification and documentation of main impact investment sector actors and elaboration of tools, standards and best practices.

Progress & Contributions

Impact@Africa assists with contributions to the ecosystem of stakeholders committed to implementing the investment in Africa Action Plan.

Please contact us to contribute to the Action Plan.