Investment Strategy


The AfricaGrow initiative is evidence of the cooperation between public and private partners and amounts to EUR 200 million in total. EUR 100 million come from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), EUR 30 million from KfW subsidiary DEG and 70 million from Allianz insurance companies, general accounts. 



Which funds does AfricaGrow target?

Funds with experienced, entrepreneurially-driven teams

Our sweet spot is funds with experienced, entrepreneurially-driven teams. We believe in integrity and enduring partnerships. As such we would like to be engaged with teams which contribute their expertise, hard work and passion to support promising companies that deliver a positive and measurable impact, but also an adequate financial return. 

Teams with a proven track record

We intend to work with teams that have proven their ability to invest in companies with scalable business models, that are committed to real customer value, and have a clear path to profitability. 

Companies with scalable business models with market traction

We are sector-agnostic, and particularly interested in funds which invest in companies with proven business models and strong market traction.


Who will benefit from the AfricaGrow initiative?

The Fund is designed to address the financing needs of African SMEs and start-ups by investing in African private equity and venture capital funds, whereby the target funds service the financing requirements of local SMEs, start-ups across multiple sectors, and technology-based start-ups.

To a limited extent, the Fund can also provide partial financing for technical support in, for example, building managerial capacities, and improving environmental and social standards and processes at the VC/PE-fund level, as well as to selected SMEs and start-ups.

In addition to financial returns to its investors, the Fund is designed to generate a measurable positive impact on the environmental and social conditions required to increase investment flows to Africa. The aim is to finance up to 200 innovative SMEs and start-ups in reform-oriented African countries by 2030, through investing into local funds, all with the objective of promoting sustainable economic and social development. It is estimated that more than 25,000 new jobs can be created by 2030 as a result of these investments.

As a legally independent entity, AfricaGrow is a key instrument of the CwA initiative, which was launched in 2017 under the German G20 presidency. The Fund will work closely with Pan-African regional and country-specific funds, primarily in CwA countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia) but also with a broader country definition.

The Fund will commit capital to market-oriented private funds with a strong and proven track record in the private sector. The Fund will not make any direct investments into single companies.

AfricaGrow Key Facts and Figures

AfricaGrow Fund Size

EUR 200mn

AfricaGrow Fund Currency


Inception Date

November 2019


Germany-based closed-end fund

Expected Number of Commitments to Target Funds

Up to 20

Planned Investment Phase

4Q 2019 – 4Q 2024 (+1 years optional extension)

Fund Lifetime

4Q 2019 – 4Q 2034 (+2 years optional extension)

Target Sectors

Sector-diversified (education, health, agriculture, mobility, e-commerce, finance, clean energy, technology)

Potential Investment Volume per Transaction

EUR 5–15mn for VC funds, and EUR 10–20mn for growth equity funds

Investment Restrictions

Max. 15% of the total committed capital in a single target fund

Investment Strategy

Social and environmental standards of KfW/DEG need to be fulfilled

Technical Assistance Facility in Place

To a limited extent and subject to matching grant financing, technical assistance for target funds and portfolio companies can be provided








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