Through INVEST, CrossBoundary and Asoko Insight are supporting Prosper Africa’s Virtual Deal Room, which connects investors with investable companies across the African continent. This is the fourth in a series of four interviews with female founders whose companies are actively fundraising and listed on the deal room.

This article previously ran on the Prosper Africa blog. Read the original post here.

Written by Kristin Jangraw, INVEST Communications Director

LifeBank is helping get blood and oxygen to Africa’s hospitals within 45 minutes. It could do so much more with the right investment.

“When people are sick, it’s a need; it’s…

Through INVEST, CrossBoundary and Asoko Insight are supporting Prosper Africa’s Virtual Deal Room, which connects investors with investable companies across the African continent. This is the third in a series of four interviews with female founders whose companies are actively fundraising and listed on the deal room.

This article previously ran on the Prosper Africa blog. Read the original post here.

By Kristin Jangraw, INVEST Communications Director

Shopping for clothes in Kenya often means a trip to a large, open-air market where people sell goods from stalls and tarps. It can be fun, but it can also be frustrating…

Joachim Arnold is the Chief Operating Officer of OCO Global, a consulting firm working in the field of foreign direct investment transaction and trade development. Through USAID INVEST, OCO Global is working with the Government of Georgia’s economic development agency to mobilize foreign direct investment into Georgia. In this interview, Arnold discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the country and how FDI fared during the COVID-19 outbreak.

By Lauren Zinser, INVEST Activity Manager, and Carolanne Chanik, INVEST Communications Coordinator

Through INVEST, the USAID Georgia Mission is working to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country’s economy, creating high-value…

Through INVEST, CrossBoundary and Asoko Insight are supporting Prosper Africa’s Virtual Deal Room, which connects investors with investable companies across the African continent. This is the second in a series of four interviews with female founders whose companies are actively fundraising and listed on the deal room.

This article previously ran on the Prosper Africa blog. Read the original post here.

By Kristin Jangraw, INVEST Communications Director

Like many American college grads, Sona Shah spent a few months after college on a service project. In her case, it was teaching in Western Kenya. But unlike most students, Shah’s experience…

RENEW is an impact investment firm supporting small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) across East Africa. Under INVEST, RENEW is developing and testing a SME Gender Growth Acceleration (SG2X) Playbook (or “the Playbook”) for fund managers in sub-Saharan Africa to boost portfolio performances of SMEs and ensure that they become gender smart. By improving the performance of SMEs, fund managers can deliver GLI portfolio success stories that can be used to encourage future investments in SMEs and GLI SME-focused funds across Africa. Laura Davis, Managing Partner at RENEW, discusses the opportunity of African SMEs, creating the Playbook, and working under USAID.

By Emily Langhorne, USAID INVEST

Nairobi Business Commercial District, seen from Kenyatta International Conference Center. (Photo: USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub)

In 2019, Chicago Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund made its first commitments on the African continent. Since 2017, Chief Investment Officer Angela Miller-May participated in the U.S. Government’s Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure (MiDA) Program. Through the program, Miller-May learned about the continent’s investment opportunities, and, for the first time in her life, she visited Africa.

After traveling to Africa, Miller-May’s preconceived ideas about the continent disappeared. Where she once perceived risk, she now saw growth and opportunity — for Africa and for Chicago’s teachers.

Africa needs infrastructure investment — the…

Prosper Africa, a U.S. Government initiative to increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa, is working with institutional investors to help them overcome their misperceptions of the continent’s risks and introduce them to the tools available to mitigate its real risks. In this op-ed, Joseph Boateng, Chief Investment Officer of Casey Family Programs, urges U.S. pension funds to consider investing in African markets as a means to overcome their current funding crisis and the stagnant interest rates of developed markets.

This article previously ran on ImpactAlpha. Read the original post here.

Photo by Lagos Techie on Unsplash

By Joseph Boateng, Chief Investment…

Through INVEST, CrossBoundary and Asoko Insight are supporting Prosper Africa’s Virtual Deal Room, which connects investors with investable companies across the African continent. This is the first in a series of four interviews with female founders whose companies are actively fundraising and listed on the deal room.

This article previously ran on the Prosper Africa blog. Read the original post here.

By Kristin Kelly Jangraw, INVEST Communications Director

When Toyin Bajomo was pregnant, she did what many of her friends in Nigeria did: she saved up to have her baby abroad. Because it is difficult to source high-quality, safe…

In this op-ed, the Chief Investment Officer of the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund argues that institutional investors should allocate more of their assets to Africa. She describes her experience visiting the continent, meeting with her peers who manage African pension plans, and adjusting her perceptions of risk in Africa. USAID has a long history of working to mobilize institutional investors, and is currently furthering this mission through INVEST and the Prosper Africa initiative.

This article previously ran in AllAfrica. Read the original post here.

Chief Investment Officer for the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund Angela Miller-May

By Angela Miller-May, Chief Investment Officer, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund

My family drilled the value of…

By Lauren Yang, USAID INVEST Communications

Gender Lens Investing has gained momentum as a means to push for a more equitable spread of capital, generating much-needed financial returns and benefits for women. However, the need goes beyond just getting capital into the hands of women — how can businesses make gender equity not merely an add-on, but a fully integrated part of their operations?

CARE Enterprises, AlphaMundi Foundation, and Value for Women are leading the way in aligning investment with gender-smart technical assistance (TA) to help businesses and investors identify and incorporate strategies that allow them to better serve women…

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