COACHING AND BUILDING SKILLS
We offer globally-experienced, sector-specific, senior business executives as advisers to individual enterprises to create jobs, empower women, develop the skills of youth, and as trainers of local business consultants.
We have records of success in our own industries and have delivered many hundreds of projects in more than 20 low-income, emerging economies in the past 20 years.
We coach entrepreneurs and enterprise managements to ensure they build sustainable companies, encompassing relevant issues on environmental, social and good governance strategies. We also help build the skills and capacity of local business institutions, including relevant women’s organisations.
When a sound Business Plan has been developed for an enterprise, we will assist with negotiations with partner impact investors to obtain the necessary finance, either loans or equity, for each business to move to the next level of the growth cycle.
The concept and practice of impact investment – or the placement of capital with intent to generate positive social impact beyond financial return – have grown and matured significantly over the years.
Our strong social values, allied with our enterprise management advice and training, fit well with this investment approach.
There are two strands to our impact investment work. First, developing pipelines for impact investor Funds, and secondly, assisting in fundraising for partner investment Funds.
Together with the managers of Funds, we also develop societal goals, and their measurement, for each individual investment.
The UN’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. These goals can only be met by a combination of public and private initiatives and investments, since private investment is needed to ensure that innovative initiatives have a scalable impact on society and the environment, as well as solid financial returns.
With our network of experts and partners, we work to develop entrepreneurs and privately-owned commercial businesses which always consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, as well as long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact, to build economies helping to meet the UN’s goals.