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Norfund, FMO and Rabobank pool African financial services investments

The Norwegian state-owned fund, Norfund and the two Dutch lenders, FMO and Rabobank, have created Arise, a new venture based in South Africa, which starts with $660 million in assets in over 10 countries and expects to grow to $1 billion in five years. New European banking regulations have made it more expensive to hold foreign

Gates Foundation makes a bet on chickens and farmers in Africa

“It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens,” Bill Gates wrote on his blog last summer. “In fact, if I were in their shoes, that’s what I would do — I would raise chickens.” The notion of the billionaire musing on living on less

Pearl Capital closes round for Uganda agriculture fund

The new Yield Uganda Investment Fund attracted €12 million ($12.9 million) to boost small- and medium-sized agricultural suppliers, producers, processors and transporters. Pearl Capital Partners, which also manages the $25 million African Agricultural Capital Fund launched in 2012 by JP Morgan and the Gates and Rockefeller foundations, hopes to double the new fund to €25

Tropical Landscapes financing in Indonesia gets boost from Convergence

ADM Capital, based in Hong Kong, will get an undisclosed amount from the investment matchmaking platform Convergence to develop its plans to boost investment in smallholder farmer livelihood, rural electricity and greenhouse gas reduction in Indonesia. Cash-generating projects in the Tropical Landscapes Financing Facility will be packaged into a Tropical Landscapes Bond in order to

This venture capitalist is happy to accept below market returns

To tradeoff or not to tradeoff: that is not the question, according to Omidyar Network, the impact investing firm of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. Rather, investors who accept below-market returns should demand to know how that concession is helping to catalyze new markets that can drive positive social change. In the winter issue

Marrakech Express: Bridging the Climate Innovation Gap with Strategic Philanthropic Investments…

Climate Finance / Smarter Money Marrakech Express: Bridging the Climate Innovation Gap with Strategic Philanthropic Investments (Webinar) PRIs can de-risk or help complete investment deals that otherwise might not get done https://medium.com/media/f3988f396ecf6bfc794dd76879b7ebc9/href Rather than bemoan venture capitalists’ lack of interest in early stage innovation to tackle climate change, Sarah Kearney and her PRIME Coalition have set out

Banking on the Poor: Using the Off-Grid Solar Revolution to Unlock Low-Income Credit in Africa

The convergence of low-cost solar technology, nearly ubiquitous mobile phones, and increasingly robust systems for mobile payments has unleashed a wave of entrepreneurship and investment across Africa and Asia. Off-grid solar electric systems are leapfrogging decrepit utility grids in much the same way as mobile phones leapfrogged landlines. And solar power is just the start