InfraCo Africa seeks to alleviate poverty by mobilising private sector expertise and finance to develop high quality infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
A challenge and an opportunity
Infrastructure development is capital intensive. Africa’s annual infrastructure funding needs have been estimated to exceed US$120bn, a cost that cannot be met solely by the public sector, therefore requiring foreign direct investment. However, early-stage projects and innovative infrastructure solutions struggle to mobilise sufficient private sector investment as markets, resource, regulatory frameworks and commerciality might be unproven.
InfraCo Africa can help
We provide funding and expertise to infrastructure projects, enabling them to grow from an initial concept to a bankable investment opportunity to a viable operating business. We can work with projects at their earliest stage, either directly where they already have an experienced lead developer, or we can provide on-the-ground project development expertise through our own teams. We can also provide equity to fund the construction of pioneering projects or for innovative infrastructure businesses that need to scale-up or demonstrate commercial viability to attract further investment.
When do we invest?
Our involvement reduces the risks and costs associated with project development, ensures international standards are met, and facilitates private sector investment.
We fill market gaps in parts of the world where it is thought to be impossible; we provide equal opportunity in our activities and we prize diversity within our own organisation.
We deliver. We take ownership when things do not go as planned and we lead with high ethics and environmental, social and governance standards. This includes the impact of our work on local communities and the environment.
We insist on a safety mindset and culture delivered through practical, locally relevant solutions because it is a matter of life and death.
We are honest and transparent because it builds mutual trust and respect with all stakeholders.
We have a strong, positive and tangible effect on peoples’ lives.
InfraCo Africa receives funding, through PIDG’s publicly funded trust, from governments in the UK (DFID), the Netherlands (DGIS) and Switzerland (SECO). To date, we have received US$171 million in funding. We were established and operate as a private limited company which is registered in England and Wales.
We have teams of experienced professionals who have the skills needed to develop projects into high quality, sustainable investment opportunities.