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December 4, 2015

The Landscape for Impact Investing in West Africa

The Global Impact Investing Network, in partnership with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, published The Landscape for Impact Investing in West Africa, a state of the market analysis of the impact investing industry in the region.

This report provides much-needed information on the impact investing market in West Africa. It contains four chapters — one outlining regional findings and three outlining specific findings in Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal — each organized into four sections:

  1. "Overview" provides a high-level outline of the political, economic, and investment climate of the region or country.
  2. "Supply" outlines findings related to the volume of impact investing capital deployed to date—broken down by sector, instrument, and deal size. It describes the key barriers and opportunities identified by impact investors interviewed for this study and outlines impact measurement and reporting practices.
  3. "Demand" describes the characteristics of impact investment recipients, as well as their needs for, and the perceived barriers to, accessing capital.
  4. "Ecosystem" describes the regulatory environment for impact investing and the key actors involved in enterprise and investor support.

In addition to the primary countries of Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal, information on four additional countries is included in boxes throughout the regional chapter (Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and Benin).

The Landscape for Impact Investing in West Africa is the third in a series of regional market landscaping studies published by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) that seek to address the lack of data available on impact investing in emerging economies. The first such report focused on South Asia, the second examined East Africa, while a forthcoming report will examine Southern Africa.

Click here for the report.

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