Inaugural West Africa Deal Summit held

(Left to right) Amma Lartey (CEO of IIGh), Etemore Glover (CEO of Nigeria NABII), Mirabelle Moreaux (Partner at Injaro Investments), Alex Asiedu (Board Chair of IIGh), Ibukun Awosika (Board Chair, Nigeria NABII), and Osarume Akenzua (Programmes Manager, LEAP Africa) celebrating the joint statement and announcing next year's summit.

Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh) and the Nigeria National Advisory Board for Impact Investing (Nigeria NABII), together with impact investing task forces in Burkina Faso and Senegal, hosted the inaugural West Africa Deal Summit to drive catalytic capital to fill the US$331billion small and medium enterprise (SME) financing gap in Africa.

The event, which brought together over 200 delegates from across West Africa, saw the issuing of a joint statement and the launch of Catalytic Capital Africa (2CAfrica), a campaign to deploy Catalytic Capital to grow SMEs across Africa. Progress will be reviewed at the 2nd West Africa Deal Summit in Lagos, Nigeria on 12th and 13th November, 2024.

The summit brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including investors, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and development practitioners from the private sector, development finance institutions, government, and civil society organisations to explore and accelerate innovative approaches to increase catalytic capital for SMEs and to identify investment opportunities with high potential for social and environmental impact. It was held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana.

Speaking at the summit, Mr. Alex Asiedu, Board Chair of Impact Investing Ghana, highlighted the need for visionary leadership, good governance and patient capital to deliver jobs for Africa’s young people. He called for delegates to back their commitments with action – financing and practical market-based solutions that can deliver jobs and address some of the pressing social problems Africa faces.

Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Board Chair of Nigerian NABII, called for honest conversations about why the SME financing gap persists and what has not worked in driving appropriate financing to SMEs. She called for more equitable partnerships between foundations, governments, international development and DFIs, and other Catalytic Capital Providers on one hand, and local ecosystem actors on the other hand to amplify local solutions and ensure sustainability and impact.

In a joint statement reiterating their commitment to increasing the flow of catalytic capital in the sub-region, delegates committed to deploy capital and called on catalytic capital providers to join them in building local financing ecosystems and increasing financing for SMEs. They launched the three-year Catalytic Capital Africa (2CAfrica) campaign to track commitments and progress.

Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh) is the Ghana National Advisory Board for Impact Investing. We are an independent private-sector-led initiative promoting sustainable development and advancing the development of the impact investment ecosystem in Ghana. IIGh is Ghana’s representative to the Global Steering Group (GSG) for Impact Investing, the successor to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the G8.

IIGh aims at tackling Ghana’s pressing social and environmental challenges by driving more capital to deliver real impact. We are a local platform representing all the stakeholder groups needed to redirect significant capital flows toward social and environmental impact, bringing together leaders from the worlds of finance, business, government, social organisations, and philanthropy. Private-sector-led, yet in close partnership with the national government, we raise awareness, create market intelligence, change policies, and mobilise additional financial resources for the public good. IIGh has an ambitious plan to support the growth of impact ventures and to catalyse US$1billion in impact funds for investment in impact ventures in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region. Find more here

The National Advisory Board for Impact Investing (NABII) is a cross-section of influential leaders consisting of people and organisations united in purpose to grow impact investing in Nigeria. It is a representation of the entire impact investing ecosystem, dedicated to designing and implementing a national strategy that addresses barriers that inhibit its growth and unlock opportunities for more Impactful Investments. The NABII collectively accelerates and shapes the impact investing ecosystem in Nigeria.

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