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Foreign Investors Are Not Letting Up on Africa

An Africa rising narrative captivated investors in the early 2010s since the region had experienced sustained growth from the turn of the millennium. By 2014, private investment funds focused on sub-Saharan Africa raised nearly $9 billion, with private equity capturing $6 billion of that total. This almost matched capital raised in the previous four years combined.


In the same time, FDI inflows into the continent also rose steeply from around $60 billion in 2010 to almost $80 billion by 2012. In a sign of shifting attitudes, public pensions, insurers, and endowments from the U.S. and Europe were entering the African PE space for the first time, joining long standing DFIs.

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