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Infrastructure in AfricaLessons for Future Development$
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Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326632

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326632.001.0001

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Innovative financing for infrastructure: Africa50 Fund issues

Innovative financing for infrastructure: Africa50 Fund issues

(p.615) Fifteen Innovative financing for infrastructure: Africa50 Fund issues
Infrastructure in Africa

George Kararach

Policy Press

Increasing the rate of infrastructure delivery in Africa implies a greater focus on project preparation and project development. The specific case of the Africa50 Fund as a financing vehicle is explored. The vehicle aims at mobilizing private financing to accelerate the speed of infrastructure delivery in Africa. Africa50 will focus on high-impact national and regional projects in the energy, transport, ICT and water sectors. A number of issues for the Fund’s success are discussed. First, to deliver on Africa’s current infrastructure pipeline, including PIDA, Africa50 will need an equity investment of USD 10 billion, as well as attracting USD 100 billion worth of local and global capital. Second, to function as a commercially oriented financial institution, Africa50 will need to preserve and grow its capital base and provide a return to shareholders. Finally, the ownership of the founder’s equity by African countries is central to the strategy of Africa50.

Keywords:   African Development Bank, innovative finances, Africa50 Fund, infrastructure bond, Africa

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