High-quality infrastructure ultimately transforms economies. It does so by providing the energy, supply-chain inputs, logistics or access to markets needed by households and businesses, stimulating economic growth and providing new opportunities for current and future generations.
We provide scarce capital to developers and businesses: working alongside them to develop, construct or scale-up and operate infrastructure solutions, unlocking good projects and enabling them to do more. Our project companies directly provide safe, inclusive, jobs and enable local businesses to scale-up or do something new, generating further indirect jobs. Working together, we encourage the development of local supply chains, investment in local capability and capacity building programmes, and unlock new opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
We believe that new sources of private capital can be mobilised to finance infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. So we also invest in developing local capital markets and innovative commercial structures that will attract institutional and impact investors. We cross-pollinate ideas to pioneer new technologies in relatively established markets and pilot innovative solutions in frontier sectors and countries: establishing precedent and contributing to new regulatory frameworks or demonstrating commercial viability to encourage the replication and scale-up of bankable solutions.
Growing farmers’ aspirations
Sambel farms six hectares of land in rural Senegal. Our Bonergie Irrigation project offers affordable financing options for solar-powered irrigation systems which enable Sambel to grow more crops and realise his ambition to irrigate more of his land.
Empowering farmers for the future
Absa is a farmer in rural Senegal. A solar-powered irrigation pump from our Bonergie Irrigation project gives Absa more control over her production without worrying about the cost and availability of diesel, and frees up money for her children’s education.
Growing small businesses
Isata Foday runs a telecentre in Tikonko Chiefdom. By saving her money on diesel fuel, our Sierra Leone Mini-grid project enables her to better provide for her family.
Mohammed Kabba Turay is PowerGen’s Foreman for the Tikonko facility. Our Sierra Leone mini-grid project is generating jobs and opportunities in this community and across the country.
Supporting educational success
Philip V. Koroma is the Headteacher at RC Primary School, Futa Pejeh Chiefdom. Our Sierra Leone Mini-grid project is enabling children to study at night.
Extending business hours
Haja Isata Kamara is a businesswoman in Futa Pejeh Chiefdom. Our Sierra Leone Mini-grid project enables her to keep her shop open after dark.
Venia is a smallholder farmer in Chanyanya. With access to irrigation, she can grow crops year-round, earning income to invest for the future. Our Chanyanya Irrigation project is supporting female entrepreneurs.
The late Lawrence Ligunda was an early captain of the MV Ssese, one of Kalangala Infrastructure Services’ regular ferries linking Bugala Island and the Ugandan mainland. Our KIS project is connecting people and stimulating business growth.
Diversifying family incomes
Miriam is a smallholder farmer in Chanyanya. Irrigation enables her to grow vegetables year-round, providing income security for her family. Our Chanyanya Irrigation project is providing peace of mind.
Isaac is an Agronomist employed by Chanyanya Smallholders Cooperative Society. He supports members’ efforts to maximise yields from the irrigated market gardens. Our Chanyanya Irrigation project is encouraging knowledge sharing.
Monday is Chair of Chanyanya Smallholders Cooperative Society. He ensures that his fellow smallholders make effective use of irrigation. Our Chanyanya Irrigation project is developing agricultural expertise.
Enabling bright futures
Mwala is a retired deputy headteacher in Demu. Irrigation will support her vision to provide vocational training for young people in her community. Our Chiansi Irrigation project will provide new opportunities.
Mailess is a smallholder farmer in Chanyanya. Irrigation enables her to grow and sell vegetables year-round, earning money to feed and educate her children. Our Chanyanya Irrigation project is supporting access to education.
Empowering rural farmers
Charles is the Chair of Demu Irrigation Cooperative Society. Irrigation will help him to realise his vision for productive and profitable farming. Our Chiansi Irrigation project will transform farmers’ livelihoods.
Training local mariners
Ssekiziyivu Martin, Ephraim Kisakye Kiggundu and Theresah Namutebi are part of the crew of Kalangala Infrastructure Services’ scheduled ferry service which links Bugala Island and the Ugandan mainland. Our KIS project is training local mariners.
Opening up markets
Ssengaba Ronald manages fishing at the Kasenyi Beach landing site, Bugala Island, Uganda. With access to reliable power, clean water and safer transport links, his business is thriving. Our KIS project is opening up markets.
Powering career aspirations
Ssawuka Martin owns a welding business on Bugala Island, Uganda. With KIS power, he can afford to employ four apprentices. Our KIS project is generating local employment opportunities.
Gilbert supervises a team working on Chanyanya Infrastructure Company’s commercial farm. Irrigation has enabled him to build a career in commercial farming. Our Chanyanya Irrigation project is supporting career ambitions.
Engineering positive change
Musiime Prosper Vans is employed by Kalangala Infrastructure Services as an engineer. He oversees KIS’s multi-sector project on Bugala Island, Uganda. Our KIS project is engineering positive change.
Promoting economic growth
Mr Mubita manages Chanyanya Infrastructure Company’s commercial farm. Irrigation enables him to maximise crop yields and to employ a growing workforce. Our Chanyanya Irrigation project is creating skilled employment.
Creating local employment
Wayne is Chiansi Farming Company’s Project Manager. The company trains and employs local people in a range of farming and construction roles. Our Chiansi Irrigation project is boosting rural employment.
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PIDG’s structure enables it to offer a unique set of capabilities. PIDG Ltd sets investment criteria for the PIDG Companies (within the overall policies set by the Owners) and oversees their investment decisions to ensure that they comply with these criteria and with PIDG’s objectives in general, and that each investment constitutes an efficient and prudent use of resources by the PIDG Company concerned.
The combined challenges of accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up action to face the climate emergency, addressing changing demographic patterns and recovering from an unprecedented pandemic crisis, make PIDG’s mission as and more relevant today than when it was first established.
PIDG’s 2021 Annual Review documents its progress over the past year, lessons learned and plans for the years ahead.