Africa50

Fifty years and counting


Africa50 is a continental initiative dedicated to accelerating infrastructure projects in Africa, by mobilizing African savings and finance from the private sector. De Charles worked to produce a report to quantitatively justify and set the narrative for the Africa50 fund and its partners. Photos coutesy of Kiara Kabukuru

Africa50

Fifty years and counting


Africa50 is a continental initiative dedicated to accelerating infrastructure projects in Africa, by mobilizing African savings and finance from the private sector. De Charles worked to produce a report to quantitatively justify and set the narrative for the Africa50 fund and its partners. Photos coutesy of Kiara Kabukuru

“But however large and daunting the ‘problems’ above seem, we, alongside some passionate others, choose rather excitedly to call them challenges”

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De Charles helped shape Africa50’s progressive African message and delivered the report that undergirded it, by quantifying the wealth of continental opportunities.

/Narratives

De Charles helped shape Africa50’s progressive African message and delivered the report that undergirded it, by quantifying the wealth of continental opportunities.

/Narratives

De Charles helped shape Africa50’s progressive African message and delivered the report that undergirded it, by quantifying the wealth of continental opportunities.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s 49 countries collectively have approximately four-fifths of the UK’s power generation capacity to spread amongst over thirteen times more people. The continent’s unmaintained infrastructure leaves it with the highest logistics costs globally, and even with a similar rail density to Asia, its share of global rail freight stands at approximately 1% compared to Asia’s 30%. Additionally, even with high magnitudes of surface water and rainfall second only to the Americas, poor water management renders Africa the driest continent on earth.
De Charles produced the Africa50 report in order to benchmark Africa’s infrastructure deficit against other regions, which De Charles and Made in Africa Foundation believed had not yet been suitably done.The report had two objectives: to better illustrate Africa’s infrastructure opportunities for developers and investors to stimulate activity; and – acknowledging Africa’s post-millennium performance – to highlight the continent’s resilience to grow against the odds.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s 49 countries collectively have approximately four-fifths of the UK’s power generation capacity to spread amongst over thirteen times more people. The continent’s unmaintained infrastructure leaves it with the highest logistics costs globally, and even with a similar rail density to Asia, its share of global rail freight stands at approximately 1% compared to Asia’s 30%. Additionally, even with high magnitudes of surface water and rainfall second only to the Americas, poor water management renders Africa the driest continent on earth.

De Charles produced the Africa50 report in order to benchmark Africa’s infrastructure deficit against other regions, which De Charles and Made in Africa Foundation believed had not yet been suitably done.The report had two objectives: to better illustrate Africa’s infrastructure opportunities for developers and investors to stimulate activity; and – acknowledging Africa’s post-millennium performance – to highlight the continent’s resilience to grow against the odds.

"Made in Africa Foundation and the African Development Bank sought De Charles to help develop the message and justification that could add credibility and drive to their ambitious efforts to raise $3bn in investment capital."

"Made in Africa Foundation and the African Development Bank sought De Charles to help develop the message and justification that could add credibility and drive to their ambitious efforts to raise $3bn in investment capital."

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"De Charles produced the Africa50 report that benchmarked Africa’s infrastructure deficit against other regions, and justified the story behind the Africa50 capital raise."

"De Charles produced the Africa50 report that benchmarked Africa’s infrastructure deficit against other regions, and justified the story behind the Africa50 capital raise."

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In December ‘16 the Africa50 fund made its first investment in a Nigerian solar project, and by September ‘17 it had the backing of 25 African states and $800m of committed capital.

/Happenings

In December ‘16 the Africa50 fund made its first investment in a Nigerian solar project, and by September ‘17 it had the backing of 25 African states and $800m of committed capital.

/Happenings

In 2016 Time Magazine named the toothbrush as one of the top 25 inventions making "the world better, smarter and a little more fun." In 2017 Quip went on to raise a $10m series A.

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