Actis is sustaining the development of the private higher education network Honoris United Universities across Africa and emerging markets.
Actis is a leading investor in growth markets with over US$13bn raised since inception and a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America. The firm identifies investment opportunities in response to two trends: rising domestic consumption and the need for sustained investment in infrastructure.
Within private equity, Actis has invested over US$5.5bn and focuses on mid-market, high-growth companies across four sectors: consumer, financial services, healthcare, and industrials. The business has completed over 150 transactions and 100+ exits across four fund vintages.
Actis’ real estate business closed its third fund in 2016 – the largest private real estate fund targeting sub-Saharan Africa to date.
Actis’ energy business invests in buy-and-build power generation and distribution businesses in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. The funds have invested over US$2.1 billion in more than 31 companies across 25+ countries generating 15GW of energy capacity and directly impacted 68 million consumers.
Over 40% of Actis’s investments are located across Africa. With $3 billion invested in the continent, Africa is at the heart of the firm’s strategy.
Actis invests with an exclusive focus on intra-growth market investing (our ‘south-south’ approach): sharing knowledge and experience across regions and businesses.
Actis, Values Drive Value
As a firm with eight decades of experience of supporting businesses in emerging markets, a responsible approach to investing is deeply embedded in the Actis culture.
Actis believes that investing responsibly creates businesses that are more resilient, more innovative and better able to deliver societal benefits – and are, ultimately, more valuable. At the heart of its responsible investing ethos is the idea that managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is not simply about mitigating risk, but about value creation.
Actis is a signatory to the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an investor initiative developed by the UNEP FI and the UN Global Compact. Actis targets consistent superior returns across asset classes over the long-term, bringing financial and social benefits to investors, consumers and communities.
Actis and Education
For families across growth markets, the best investment they can make is in their children’s education, as employers pay premiums for qualified, skilled employees and students seek higher paid jobs. Actis has invested into this trend repeatedly across Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Actis has established Honoris United Universities to arm the next generation of leaders and professionals with the right values and skills demanded by tomorrow’s employers.
Through 70 years in growth markets we have seen that better education will contribute to rising incomes and employment opportunities. This in turn fuels the middle class expansion and consumption in these markets.
A better educated workforce will boost the countries’ competitiveness attracting investments and macroeconomic growth. Higher education standards are also vital to emerging countries as the economies are shifting towards more value-added sectors.
Actis has extensive domain knowledge in education and has invested and committed over $US 0,5bn in recent years in the sector in China, Brazil and across Africa. Actis believes access to quality education is integral to developing the next generation of leaders capable of positively impacting tomorrow’s societies and economies
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