What is Investment Fund Africa?
IFA’s President Neil De Beer talks about the ways in which Investment Fund Africa is putting money back into Africa. Our mission is to advance and enhance 55 countries on the continent of Africa. IFA focuses on four main cornerstones: housing, communication, education and infrastructure.
To be a catalyst for transformative change in Africa by delivering sustainable economic growth through strategic, affordable infrastructure development in AU member states
To provide the catalytic capital required in order to unlock the strategic infrastructure needs of the African continent.
“The over-riding objective of the IFA’s investments is to provide practical financings for new, scalable infrastructure solutions and to remove critical financing bottlenecks to existing infrastructure assets in African nations.”
Neil de Beer, Chairman IFA
Who is the IFA?
An African Fund, by Africans, for Africans
The Investment Fund Africa (IFA) is a Mauritian based investment fund which provides debt finance to early stage infrastructure projects within the National Development Plans (NDPs) of target countries.
For its target countries, there is a maximum available of (US$ 250 Million per country), via a series of financings – the core investment range will be between US$50 Million to US$ 150 Million per transaction.
Its target countries include Ghana, Cot d’ivore, lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Madagascar.
In an investment arena accustomed to one year or 18-month transaction processes, a core part of the IFA’s competitive advantage is its ability to deploy capital efficiently because of its deep network and intelligence on its Target Countries.
The IFA will always look to deploy first capital within three to six months of a signed term sheet.
The loans are repayable over five to seven years and must be secured with a sovereign guarantee together with appropriate credit insurance. In most cases the loans would be repaid out of the next stage of financing for a particular project.
Key IFA Differentiators
- World-class fund management and investment advisory team with a proven track record of integrity and transaction delivery
- Dedicated team of operators, researchers and financial professionals which when taken together with strategic partners, deploy an almost unrivalled knowledge of the environment in which the investments are to be made
- Ability to deploy capital rapidly at competitive rates
- Emphasis on project development through strategic involvement and embedding of IFA human capital, adding greater likelihood of project success
- ‘No-Ifs-or-Buts’ governance ensures close monitoring and control of funds flow and post-transaction management
- Sovereign guarantee and credit-wrapped financings facilitate a stronger risk profile for investors
ELIGIBLE TARGET SECTORS
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Namibia – The Jewel in the Desert
DRC – A Nation of conflict and potential
Mozambique – Cooking on gas
Mauritius – The size doesn’t matter
Zimbabwe – The smoking gun of Africa
Malawi – The sleeping African giant
Ivory Coast – is ‘the real renaissance’
Lesotho – In need of political stability to lead in industry
Madagascar – Needs to break it’s cliche and reach it’s full potential
Ghana – Leadership in Action
Kenya – Rising fintech – Africa’s pride
Uganda – The Pearl of Africa
Tanzania – A Mountain of Wealth
Botswana – The Dubai of Africa
Angola – Gateway of wealth
South Sudan – The African Tears of Wealth
Rwanda – The African Miracle
Morocco – A old Kingdom for a New Continent
Seychelles – Paradise on Earth
Burkina Faso – Land OF the Honest Man
Ethiopia – The Horn of Africa
Zambia – The Diversity of Africa
Comoros Islands – Africa’s Perfumed Islands
Equatorial Guinea – Goliath of Africa
Gabon – Home of the Free City
Somali – The Ancient Lost Kingdom of Punt
Cameroon – Home of the “Chariot of Gods”
Sierra Leone – The Lion Mountains
Djibouti – Land of the White Gold
CHAD – The Dead Heart of Africa
Algeria – Islands of the Mazghanna Tribe
Egypt – A land of mysteries
Nigeria – The Giant of Africa
Senegal – Gateway to Africa
Sudan – Time, Hope and Patience
Liberia – The Path to Light
Togo – Time for change
Benin – The diminutive opportunist
Burundi – Hope in the abyss
Mauritania – ‘“land of a thousand poets’