Africa Investors

This page contains comprehensive information about African Investors, who invests in Africa, their structure, and their business sector preference (e.g. renewable energy, agriculture, financial services, technology etc) and other investment preferences.

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African Investors

Types of African Investor

There are a variety of different types of investor focused on African investment opportunities. As well as individual investors (otherwise known as retail or private investors) there are a range of very important investors….:

  • Africa based investors, while a substantial amount of investment in Africa comes from outside Africa, local asset management companies, including African pension funds, and other regulated investors based in Africa are increasingly important investors in Africa. Their investments are often restricted to the country in which they are based;
  • Banks, almost entirely financed on Debt and Project Finance;
  • Charitable Foundations, Not for Profit organisations, Philanthropists, Development Agencies or Grant Making Bodies. These organisations are focused on the positive impact that they can achieve by investing (or giving grants) in specific projects in Africa; they might invest in debt or equity instruments offering high social benefits but with the expectation of achieving lower returns than commercial investors, back impact focused funds, or provide grants;
  • Corporate Investors, these are companies that invest in Africa in order to grow their own business; for example Coca-Cola;
  • Credit Funds, or Debt Investors. These are investors who invest in debt instruments (also known as credit or fixed income);
  • Development Banks, these can be both internal or external to Africa;
  • Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), generally the investment arms of wealthy sovereign countries, e.g. the British CDC, historically one of the most important Africa investors;
  • Family Offices. These are the investment arms of wealthy individuals who are often prepared to take a higher level of risk than more conventional investors; many Family Offices are also focused on positive impact and will therefore accept lower returns on investments as long as the investment provides positive social returns;
  • Fund of Funds, or GP’s (General Partners). These are investors who invest into investment funds, or investment holding companies, as opposed to investing directly into underlying investments;
  • Hedge Funds; often focused on larger investments into public listed investments in Africa, credit investment opportunities or currency trades.
  • Impact Investors, including those focused on Socially Responsible Investing and ESG investments;
  • International Financial Institutions (IFIs); such as the IFC, EIB etc;
  • Philanthropic Investors and Not for Profit investors; these investors are focused on the positive impact that they are making, and are perhaps less focused on obtaining the best return on their investment in monetary terms;
  • Private Equity Investors who invest directly into companies that are not publicly listed on a stock exchange;
  • Public Equity Investors; these are investors who only invest in African companies whose shares are listed on a stock exchange;
  • Single Sector Investment specialists; for instance global real estate investors, mining investors who look at investment opportunities in their chosen sector in Africa as well as other parts of the world;
  • Sharia Investors whose focus is on investment in line with the Sharia values;
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds, these funds are investing on behalf of their own nation, some of these are based in Africa (e.g. Public Investment Corporation of South Africa) others are outside of Africa (e.g. the Norwegian Pension Fund);
  • Venture Capital Funds, also known as Angel Investors, Seed, Start Up, Concept, Greenfield or Early Stage Investors;

Our team has built an extensive list of the most important investors in Africa, and can work with you to assist you target the correct investors for your project. Please Contact Us for more information.

African Asset Classes

African Investors focus on a range of different asset classes these include:

  • African Commodities
  • African Currency
  • African Equities/Shares
  • African Debt/Bonds
  • African Real Estate
  • Others, e.g Art, Antiquities etc

African Investor Sector Preference

Many African Investors have specialist experience in specific business sectors and will only invest in companies or projects in those specific business sectors. Among others sectors that our team covers in Africa include:

  • Agriculture, including dairy, sugar, coffee, livestock, soya, tea, cocoa, palm oil, cattle, chicken, horticulture etc
  • Agro Processing
  • Aquaculture, including fishing
  • Banking
  • Chemicals
  • Climate Change/Green Industry
  • Commodities
  • Communications, including telecoms, internet etc
  • Construction
  • Creative Businesses, including Arts, Film, Fashion, Music, TV
  • Ecommerce
  • Education
  • Energy, including Power, Renewables, Solar, Wind
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental Services
  • Extractive Industries, including Forestry, Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Fashion, including brands
  • Financial Services
  • Fintech
  • FMCG and Consumer
  • Food and Drink
  • Franchising
  • Health, including Pharmaceuticals, hospitals etc
  • Hospitality, including Restaurants etc
  • Housing, including affordable housing, student housing
  • Industrial
  • Infrastructure, including Ports, Railways, Roads etc
  • Insurance
  • Investment Management
  • Leasing
  • Leisure
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Microfinance
  • Media
  • Mobility
  • Oil and Gas – Upstream and Downstream
  • Payments
  • Power
  • Petroleum
  • Real Estate
  • Security & Cybersecurity
  • Smart Cities
  • Software
  • Sports, including fitness
  • Technology
  • Tourism & Hospitality, including hotels, lodges, resorts, and game reserves
  • Trade Finance
  • Transport, including logistics, railways, motor vehicles, trucking, taxis etc
  • Waste
  • Water

African Investor Geographical Focus

While some African Investors are able to invest in any of Africa’s 54 countries most investors have a specific country or regional investment focus. Common strategies include:

  • Funds that can invest anywhere in Africa
  • Single African Country Funds
  • Regional Funds including a focus on regions such as North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, West Africa, less developed country funds (e.g. focused on DRC), Refugee funds focused on countries with refugees

In reality almost any permutation of geographic restriction and focus can be found within Africa’s investment universe.

African Country Specific Investors

You may want to review our specific country pages to see if there is additional information that is useful to you.

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe