RENEW Strategies

The Africa Beat

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Emily Ziethen
| June 10, 2016

Over the past few weeks, several articles have been published about impacting investing, investing in Africa and investing in Ethiopia. Here are a few of our favorite recent stories on these topics:


CNN Money: Millennials are dreamers and doers - they not only seek to make the world a better place, but also pursue activities that positively impact the world around them, be it philanthropy or value-based investments. It should come as no surprise then that in a recent U.S. Trust survey of individuals with $3M or more in assets, “93% of Millennials believe social impact is key to their investing decisions.” And while Baby Boomers are a bit slower to hop on the impact investing bandwagon, 51% of responders believe impact investing is where they should allocate their portfolios. Read More.


CFA Institute: Bob Geldof was the keynote speaker for the CFA Institute’s 69th Annual Conference, which took place in Montréal, Canada this year. During his keynote address, he challenged attendees to stop ignoring the continent that is full of innovation and is poised for massive economic growth. “There is only one place left on Earth where growth can start from almost zero! Why don’t you do it?” Many incite geo-political instability as the reason, which has been recently created by terrorists groups operating from the Middle East. But, what would happen if the West invested in those economies, and created jobs and opportunities for the Africans who fight for such groups? Read More.


African Business: Over the past several months, we’ve seen several negative headlines regarding Ethiopia’s drought and political protests among indigenous minorities, which has made several among the finance community ask whether the country is still sure ground for investment? Sophisticated investors from countries such as China, the United States and Europe believe “yes.” And, as they say, the proof is in the pudding - foreign direct investment into Ethiopia has “risen from about $200m in 2005 to $2.2bn in 2015, now equating to 3.6% of Ethiopia’s GDP.” Private equity groups, such as KKR and Black Rhino Group, along with multi-national corporations, like Coca-Cola and Unilever, see the vast opportunities and resources Ethiopia has to offer. Read More.

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