The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southern Africa

The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southern Africa

The impact investing market across twelve southern African countries — Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe — is dominated by South Africa and its development finance institutions (DFIs), a report from the Global Impact Investing Network and Open Capital Advisors finds. According to the report, The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southern Africa (256 pages, PDF), three South African DFIs have disbursed more than $14.4 billion domestically and $17.1 billion across the rest of the region, compared with $16.7 billion disbursed by twenty-three international DFIs. Another seventy-two non-DFI investors have disbursed $5.7 billion across the region — of which more than $3 billion came from the ten largest transactions. Funded by the UK Department for International Development’s Impact Programme, the report also found that South Africa was the destination for three-fifths of non-DFI deals and 30 percent of international DFI deals, followed by Zambia and Mozambique.

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