SDG500, a $500m impact investment platform, has launched, combining partners from the private and public sectors, including United Nations entities, non-governmental organisations and a private equity firm, to catalyse investments that will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Norfund has, together with Shuraako, the Danish development finance institution, IFU, and Arsenault Family Foundation, established a $10m fund for supporting small and medium sized companies in Somalia.
Shell Foundation, a UK-registered charity, together with FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, have launched the $120m Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund (EEGF), with an initial close of $45m.
OP and Finnfund have announced plans to establish Finland’s first impact fund that will invest into emerging markets.
The BlueOrchard Emerging Markets SDG Impact Bond Fund has exceeded the $300m mark since start of fundraising in December 2018.
The African Development Bank alongside donor partners has launched the Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility (ADFI), an innovative financing facility designed to accelerate digital financial inclusion across Africa.
BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has launched a new Emerging Markets Equity mutual fund that will have exposure to South African equities. The BNPP AM Emerging Markets Equity Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in quality companies at a compelling price over a long-term investment horizon.
Global impact asset manager Finance in Motion has joined forces with Unique, a timber sector advisory company, to establish a new impact fund for sustainable forestry, the Arbaro Fund.
Norfund has, together with Shuraako, a program of One Earth Future, and the Danish development finance institution, IFU, have launched the Nordic Horn of Africa Opportunities Fund.
Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched a seed fund for ‘blue-skies’ research worth up to $100,000, with a regional focus on Africa.
Britam has launched a unit-linked investment product which offers customers the opportunity to earn high returns while providing them with life insurance protection cover.
Adventis, a specialist investment company focusing on the African continent, has launched two investment vehicles - the Africa Enhanced Income Fund and the Africa Equity Fund. Adventis has agreed to purchase Africa Merchant Capital’s investment management business, which manages the Africa Merchant Sub-Sahara Fund.
Cloud Atlas Investing, a Johannesburg based Pan African Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) issuer, has opened the Initial Public Offer of the AMI Real Estate Fund (AMIRE), running from February 7 to March 2, 2018.