August 12, 2015
Report Details Impact Investment Opportunities in East Africa
by Robert Kropp
The Global Impact Investing Network and Open Capital Advisors publish a country by country analysis
of impact investing activity in the region.
When President Obama visited Africa in 2009, he spoke before the Ghanaian Parliament and said,
"Together, we can partner on behalf of our planet and prosperity, and help countries increase
access to power while skipping—leapfrogging—the dirtier phase of development." And to many, Africa
seemed like fertile ground for extensive sustainable investment: 60% of the world's uncultivated,
arable land is there, and extensive commodities such as oil and raw materials are plentiful as
Of course, challenges to increased investment in much of Africa can be
pronounced. Infrastructure remains in poor condition in many parts of the continent, regulatory
regimes are often insufficient when they haven't failed completely, and political unrest
contributes to investor unease. But in several countries, improved political and economic
stability, along with microeconomic reforms, has led to the emergence of a vital private business
sector, which has in turn led to increased foreign investment.