Fundraising

With abundant natural resources, GDP growth expected to rise again from 4.7% in 2013 to 5.4% in 2014, and over 300 million people now having discretionary spending power, sub-Saharan Africa should be primed for a flood of private equity (PE) investment. The reality, though, is that PE investment remains at modest levels and the capital raised by African-focused funds is low, especially when compared with the BRIC countries. Raising money for African-focused funds remains challenging and here are some of the reasons why.

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