The rise of the micro-manufacturers The man behind the counter at my hotel in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, was talking to me about my job, and why I was visiting. He looked genuinely pained. He told me he is a big fan of the BBC - in west Africa the World Service and language services have a big following - but it seemed to him that the media outside the continent often only noticed when bad things happened.
Many global investors are still reluctant to invest in the African continent, a major reason why the African Development Bank established the Africa Investment Forum - an Investing in africa marketplace dedicated to advancing projects to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals.
Blended finance employs limited concessional development finance and philanthropic funds to de-risk and mobilize large-scale private capital flows to emerging and frontier markets, resulting in positive financial, environmental and social impact for investors and communities.
This can be an important vehicle to raise capital for Africa's development, especially in financing the Bank's own High 5 priorities: There is obviously a lot of appetite into this region but we do need to increase significantly the number of deals that are available," Araba said. Despite Africa's attractive investment opportunities with high returns, attracting private investment from commercial banks and institutional investors is still a major hurdle.
Blended finance has been used to address risk perceptions, create adequate risk-return profiles for investors and encourage investment in new geographies and sectors with limited historical performance data.
The African Development Bank is playing a crucial role in the blended finance space. It is also an arranger of blended finance funds, such as the Facility of Energy Inclusion FEI and the Facility for Agriculture Finance in Africa FAFINAand is blending concessional climate funds at project and program level to attract private investment, including from local investors.
This also helps local banks to provide local currency loans to these companies," Manroth said. In terms of instruments, guarantees can play an important role in mobilizing private finance for development. Also at the Forum, two dedicated boardrooms for blended finance investment opportunities were held, meeting with strong interest from investors.
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