Our Guiding Principles
We aspire to shift the investment ecosystem towards meaningful, decent jobs for African youth, particularly young women. Everything we do and every decision we make is guided by these operating principles:
Impact: we aim to maximize the long-term impact of financing to encourage job creation and income growth, particularly for young women.
Inclusivity: by taking a new approach to investment, our capital will contribute to greater gender equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Agility: to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness, we are committed to deploying 75% of funding by year four.
Additivity: our support for Investment Vehicles is not a substitute, nor a replacement, of crowd out financing efforts.
Disruptiveness: we will shift the existing power dynamics of the investing world by increasing the agency and influence of young people, particularly young women, who have traditionally been disenfranchised from systems of capital.
Sustainability: investments will result in financial returns that enable the Investment Vehicles to achieve stability — of their financial situation, their leadership teams, and their institutional capacity.
Catalysis: successful implementation will be self-perpetuating — it will attract more capital into the Investment Vehicles as well as inspire new funds, more investors, and increased African capital.