Increasing Risk Tolerance to Drive Impact with EAIF: #1 Blended Finance
Welcome to the first episode of Increasing Risk Tolerance to Drive Impact – a podcast series from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a Private Infrastructure Development Group company – exploring ways to develop transformative infrastructure in underserved geographies across Africa.
Infrastructure is the lifeblood of Africa’s economies, facilitating a path to prosperity, laying the foundation of sustainable and inclusive societies. Delivering landmark projects where investors deem too risky demands unique expertise and decisive action. EAIF was developed in response to this, as one of the first blended finance debt funds meeting the needs of African infrastructure.
In this episode, we discuss the collaboration between capital allocators, pooling essential resources to inject into infrastructure investment. Blended finance, mobilising public and private capital, is imperative to respond to the funding deficit with the speed, agility and a risk tolerance required to get projects off the ground, impacting millions of lives on the continent.
One of the main takeaways from this episode is blended finance’s ability to spread risk, encourage wider participation from investors, allowing more rapid project development.
Our guest is:
Martijn Proos, Co-Head of EM Alternative Credit at Ninety One, Fund Manager of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF).
Your host is Lindsay Williams, business broadcaster.
To find out more about how EAIF delivers game-changing projects that help close Africa’s infrastructure gap with greater urgency and pace, visit our website.
This podcast is edited by OG Podcasts.
Welcome to the second episode of Increasing Risk Tolerance to Drive Impact – a podcast series from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a Private Infrastructure Development Group company – exploring ways to develop game-changing infrastructure in underserved geographies. Most infrastructure has been designed, implemented or run by men, often without considering female participation in decision-making, development or operation of projects. A common, albeit mistaken, assumption is that women automatically benefit from infrastructure projects in the same way as men.
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