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Palladium's Tracey Austin Speaks on Investment in Africa

$53 Billion USD Needed over Next Five Years to Reach UN’s 2020 Targets

Tracey Austin, director of Palladium Impact Investing, joined a panel of international investors and financial experts to discuss the future of investment in Africa on Tuesday evening. The event provided a unique opportunity to reflect on the views of an alternative investor, which still resonated strongly amongst other more conventional investors present.

Though Africa remains one of the fastest-growing regions worldwide, the continent still requires substantial investment to sustain its economic growth. The panel, hosted by the international law firm CMS in association with Pedersen & Partners, debated the merits of various mechanisms to bring much-needed capital into the region and the countries and sectors of greatest interest.

Palladium advocates for the growth of impact investing as an investment discipline in emerging markets by reflecting on the challenges common to the space and trying to adapt and incorporate them into its direct investing proposition. Aligned with the widely publicised definition, impact investing mobilises capital to invest in opportunities that deliver both financial and intentional social returns - complementing philanthropic efforts. Palladium's specific proposition seeks to bridge the gap between aid and impact investing.

Said Austin, 'Addressing the barriers that restrict the flow of capital to investible opportunities, while delivering on a dual mandate, requires the engagement of all parties, including investors, donors and potential investees alike. Constructively engaging in early dialogue aims to bring about great alignment and a common understanding of each other's needs, fundamentally necessary for the sector to grow.'