Actis is sustaining the development of the private higher education network Honoris United Universities across Africa and emerging markets.
Actis is a leading private capital investor with c.120 investment professionals operating across 17 offices. With a growing portfolio of investments across Africa, Asia and Latin America, Actis has raised over US$19bn since inception, and deployed capital across the real estate, energy, infrastructure and private equity asset classes.
The responsible investing ethos of ‘values-drive-value’, is at the heart of Actis’ belief that capital invested in growth markets can and should be transformational, leading to sustainable value creation and mitigation of risk.
Actis is a signatory to the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), an investor initiative developed by the UNEP FI and the UN Global Compact. The firm has been awarded the highest rating score, A* for the fourth consecutive year in the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) independent assessment. Actis was recently named 2020 Private Equity Manager of the Year and won the 2020 climate change impact project/investment of the year both by Environmental Finance.
Over the last 15 years, Actis has committed US$5.2 billion on the African continent.
Actis and Education
For families across growth markets, the best investment they can make is in their children’s education, as employers pay premiums for qualified, skilled employees and students seek higher paid jobs. Actis has invested into this trend across Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Actis established Honoris United Universities in 2017 to arm the next generation of leaders and professionals with the right values and skills demanded by tomorrow’s employers.
Through 70 years in growth markets Actis has seen that better education will contribute to rising incomes and employment opportunities. This in turn fuels the middle class expansion and consumption in these markets.
A better educated workforce will boost the countries’ competitiveness attracting investments and macroeconomic growth. Higher education standards are also vital to emerging countries as the economies are shifting towards more value-added sectors.
Actis has invested over US$ 0,5bn in the education 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.