Sustainable Investment Briefings: Private Equity Africa Climate Change Investment Support ("PEACCHIS") Project 2011 - 2012

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IFC+SinCo Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Private Equity Africa Climate Change Investment Support (PEACCHIS) Briefings Project 2011 - 2012

Private Equity Africa Climate Change Investment Support (PEACCHIS) Briefings Project aims to answer the BIG QUESTION: "How to attract African PE funds, what local/global best practices can we promote sustainable investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, and adoption of IFC cleantech and/or PE ESG toolkits?" 


The project partners - IFC and SinCo - conducted the first private briefing in Nairobi, Kenya on 28 November 2011 on the IFC - SinCo Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa report, 2011: Investment practitioner views of sustainable investment in private equity and asset management in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya (July 2011). Authored by SinCo's Graham Sinclair with Roselyne Yao, the report is the sixth in a series of reports commissioned by IFC on the topic of sustainable investment (SI) in emerging economies – and the first with a specific focus on private equity (PE). The report aims to determine the current state and trajectory of SI in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, and provides recommendations to stimulate sustainable investment over the next five years - learn more about the project at sincosinco.com/siinssa and see IFC Africa Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/IFCAfrica/posts/262095100499695


The Private Equity Briefings support PE funds under the PEACCHIS project, offering support services that includes training, resource efficiency assessments at portfolio companies, and broad market research on clean energy sectors in the African market. For example, in October 2011, PE firm ECP joined the PEACCHIS program http://www.ecpinvestments.com/news/2859.xml


The project will focus on outreach and training for PE funds active in Africa. The general business case for sustainability, the offerings of PEACCHIS, and the related findings of the IFC SI in SSA report will be used as presentation materials. The PEACCHIS project seeks to help PE firms and their portfolio companies, operating in Africa, identify and implement E&S improvement opportunities in their businesses, while also saving money, improving their reputations, and/or accessing new markets. Through targeted workshops, these briefings increase awareness amongst the PE industry about the relevance of i) sustainability in Africa, ii) support available through IFC, and iii) the findings of the report “Sustainable Investing in sub-Saharan Africa” (IFC + SinCo, July 2011). 


The PEACCHIS project seeks to help PE firms and their portfolio companies, operating in Africa, identify and implement E&S improvement opportunities in their businesses, while also saving money, improving their reputations, and/or accessing new markets. Support to PE funds under the PEACCHIS project includes training, resource efficiency assessments at portfolio companies, and broad market research on clean energy sectors in the African market. The long-term goal is to establish a self-sustaining market for E&S sustainability practices/investments that is beneficial to the PE firm, its portfolio companies, equipment and service providers.

Funding for IFC's work on the PEACCHIS project is by the Government of Norway.





Cecilia hard at work with final preparations for AVCA briefing to private equity firms/funds in Accra. 




EVENTS

  • NIGERIA:  Invitation-only briefing for Private Equity Funds in Lagos, Nigeria around 25-27 June 2012 
  • WEBINAR:  Webinar to Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Signatories Stakeholder Network, Q2 2012
  • GLOBAL:  Invitation-only working breakfast for Private Equity Funds 7:30 - 8:30AM 16 May 2012, side event to IFC's 14th Annual Global Private Equity Conference held in association with EMPEA, The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. USA, 14-16 May 2012 http://www.globalpeconference.com/
  • SOUTH AFRICA:  Invitation-only working breakfast for Private Equity Funds, Sandton, South Africa TBC  7:30 - 9AM  
  • GHANA:  Invitation-only working breakfast 7:30 - 9AM 24 April, side-event to 9th African Venture Capital Association Conference avca-africa.org, Accra, Ghana, 22 - 24 Apr 2012 http://www.avcanet.com/index.php/page/conferences
  • KENYA:  Invitation-only side event to The 2nd Annual SuperReturn Africa 2011, InterContinental Nairobi, Kenya, 28 - 30 November 2011 http://www.informaglobalevents.com/event/superreturn-africa-event

 

Check back regularly for new dates added. We look forward to meeting you and engaging in the conversation private equity in Africa and this research, findings and recommendations to grow Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa.




MEDIA


  1. Investing in Africa: catch-up time, FT beyondbrics, Katrina Manson, 29 November 29, 2011 1:58 pm   http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/11/29/investing-in-africa-catch-up-time/#axzz1f2AZqkby
  2. ECP signs up to IFC's sustainability programme, Project Finance Magazine, 28 October 2011   http://www.projectfinancemagazine.com/Article/2925967/ECP-signs-up-to-IFCs-sustainability-programme.html
  3. Green Returns by Graham Sinclair and Cecilia Bjerborn, Africa Investor Magazine, November-December 2011, Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011 http://www.africainvestor.com/article.asp?id=9549
  4. Smart Money: Connecting Sustainable Investments and Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainable Finance by Reynard Loki, Justmeans, Sep 19, 2011 10:00 AM CDT http://www.justmeans.com/Smart-Money-Connecting-Sustainable-Investments-Entrepreneurship-in-Sub-Saharan-Africa/49898.html
  5. Sustainability Investment News: AfricaSIF Co-Founder Describes Challenges to Sustainable Investment in Africa by Robert Kropp, SocialFunds.com, August 24, 2011 http://www.socialfunds.com/news/article.cgi/3304.html


Check back regularly for new dates added. We look forward to meeting you and engaging in the conversation private equity in Africa and this research, findings and recommendations to grow Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa.



ABOUT EVENTS

Cecilia briefing Private Equity funds on ESG in Ghana.



PRIVATE EQUITY BRIEFING EVENT AGENDA - Ghana, 24 April 2012


9th Annual African Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference, Accra, Ghana

AVCA is pleased to host its 9th Annual African Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference; Africa, The Rising Giant 22-24 April 2012. This conference brings together senior GPs, LPs and Institutional Investors and promises to be insightful and thought-provoking, with exciting panel discussions leading the debate on Africa Rising in a World of Crisis. The Agenda is thought provoking with exciting panel discussions providing a Pan-African perspective on Private Equity and Venture Capital with topics such as:

  • Africa Rising in a World of Crisis
  • Africa - Getting Ready for Primetime
  • LPs Perspective on Investing in Africa
  • Exits: Show me the Money



Learnings from Private Equity in Africa and the Opportunities related to Climate Change
Hosted by IFC Sustainable Business Advisory - Sustainable Investing
Venue: Movenpick Accra Ghana


The invitation-only exclusive briefing for LPs and GPs on three important topics:

1.    PEACCHIS:  Sustainability support for PE funds and portfolio companies in Africa. IFC Advisory Services has launched a program to support PE funds and their portfolio companies to identify environmental and social sustainability improvement opportunities (funded by the Norwegian government).  Presenter: Cecilia Bjerborn, Sustainable Investing, IFC [ifc.org/sustainableinvesting]

2. Key findings of IFC-commissioned report:  “Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa” (July 2011), authored by SinCo based on research by SinCo and RisCura. The findings are based on an opinion survey of over 160 investment professionals in sub-Saharan Africa.  See  http://www.sincosinco.com/siinssa.php   Presenter: Graham Sinclair, Principal, SinCo [sincosinco.com].

3.    ESG Toolkit for Retirement Funds:  The ESG Toolkit for retirement funds by IFC and the Principal Officers Association is under development through the Sustainable Returns Project, building on the newly-implemented Regulation 28 in South Africa, which requires South African pension funds to actively consider sustainability in their invest decisions and allows for PE allocations increase to 10% from 2%.  See http://www.sincosinco.com/sustainable-returns-project.php   Presenter: Wanjiru Kirima, Chairperson, POA [poa.org.za]

 
The briefing and feedback session is 60 minutes well spent with maximum 20 colleagues drawn from asset owners, regulators and PE GPs. We have deliberately limited the number of guests to offer a very direct conversation opportunity.  


 

SuperReturn Africa 2011 - 2nd Annual - Africa's Leading Private Equity & Venture Capital Event, Nairobi Kenya 29-30 Nov 2011

http://www.informaglobalevents.com/event/superreturn-africa-event 


PRIVATE EQUITY BRIEFING EVENT AGENDA - Kenya, 29 November 2011


Learnings from Private Equity in Africa and the Opportunities related to Climate Change
Hosted by IFC Sustainable Business Advisory - Sustainable Investing
Venue: InterContinental Nairobi, Kenya

The invitation-only exclusive briefing for LPs and GPs on three important topics:

1.    Key findings of IFC-commissioned report “Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa” (July 2011), authored by SinCo and RisCura. The findings are based on an opinion survey of over 160 investment professionals in sub-Saharan Africa (hardcopies will be provided to attendees).  Presenter: Graham Sinclair, Principal, SinCo [sincosinco.com].

2.    The ESG Toolkit for retirement funds by IFC and the Principal Officers Association is under development through the Sustainable Returns Project, building on the newly-implemented Regulation 28 in South Africa, which requires South African pension funds to actively consider sustainability in their invest decisions and allows for PE allocations increase to 10% from 2%.  Presenter: Wanjiru Kirima, Chairperson, POA [poa.org.za]

3.    Sustainability support for PE funds and portfolio companies in Africa. IFC Advisory Services has launched a program to support PE funds and their portfolio companies to identify environmental and social sustainability improvement opportunities (funded by the Norwegian government).  Presenter: Cecilia Bjerborn, Sustainable Investing, IFC [ifc.org/sustainableinvesting]

The briefing and feedback session was 60 minutes well spent with maximum 20 colleagues drawn from asset owners, regulators and PE GPs. We have deliberately limited the number of guests to offer a very direct conversation opportunity.  



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