Optimization of Social and Financial Returns Statistics indicate the initiatives of high financial returns in emerging markets particularly in Africa are mostly likely prone to consider a social return. We are working with a number of leading global and regional firms jointly as a project investment advisor and co-investor in the Project Ecosystem. In designing tailor made blended finance solutions which combine commercial financing, development funding, impact investing, philanthropy funding and corporate CSR we have been able to vastly enhance project ecosystems and generate substantial socio-economic returns for investors and stakeholders.
The famous adage says “It takes a village to raise a child” the same could be said that in Africa it takes a village to grow and sustain a business, the only difference being that the village is actually an ecosystem.
We have modelled a unique set of skills and expertise that go beyond building sustainable investment projects to helping clients build sustainable ecosystems around the company and its projects. We have combined a mix of advisory and co-investment strategies around new approaches and concepts that promote “Equitable Investment”.
This form of investment is where funds are not just deployed to maximize a project’s financial returns but rather the project’s ecosystem. This in turn helps to multiply sources of return, which will maximize social return. In the instance of investment and capacity building that is purposely built to strengthen a local supply chain, consumer value chain or community empowerment through entrepreneurship promotion and even partner mobilization for investment in commercially viable, basic community infrastructure and health services.
Guide to Ubuntu Capital’s Ecosystem