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.
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.
Generating skilled employment
Cascious operates the pumps and pivots on Chanyanya Infrastructure Company’s commercial farm. Irrigation has enabled him to acquire new skills. Our Chanyanya Irrigation project is building commercial farming expertise.
Attracting young entrepreneurs
Christopher is self-employed using REDAVIA solar power. Access to reliable power influenced his decision to return to his home village of Shitunguru from the capital city. Our REDAVIA project is bringing young people home.
16th March 2022
| By Jad Habbab
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 2020 Annual Review documents its progress over the past year, lessons learned and plans for the years ahead.