British International Investment

A4C S Feeder LP

EgyptKenyaMalawiNigeriaSouth AfricaTunisiaAfricaConsumer - EducationConsumer - HealthConsumer - other servicesFinancial servicesFood & Agriculture

This is a global large-cap private equity fund.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

Our investment

Description of the investment.

In 2013, CDC committed $100m into A4C alongside a mixture of commercial and DFI investors including Washington State Investment Board, the UN, ADIA, and AT&T. A4C is targeting around 20 investments of $30-100m across a range of sectors including healthcare, consumer, industrials and financial services.

Although the fund has a geographical scope covering Africa, Asia, and Latin America, CDC's investment only permits investments in Africa and South Asia (excluding India). This investment strategy was pursued in order to maximise our impact on our core geographies.

Expected impact

Expected impact of investments made between 2012 and 2018. From 2019 onwards, we have published a fuller set of impact information, assessing each investment against six dimensions of impact.

A4C will focus on the themes of domestic consumption driven by the rapid expansion of the consumer class, investment in the creation of social infrastructure, for example healthcare and education, and in companies servicing physical infrastructure assets.

Environmental and social information

  • Environmental and social summary

    A high-level description of the environmental and social aspects of the investment. This may include a summary of key environmental and social risks identified during environmental and social due diligence (ESDD); key elements of an environmental and social action plan (ESAP); or ways in which we plan to support the investee improve environmental and social standards, such as through their environmental and social management system (ESMS); as well as any other priority areas agreed with the investee.

  • Environmental and social risk

    A risk category rating, which indicates the level of environmental and social risk associated with an investment. For an explanation of the categorisations used, see here. We consistently provide an environmental and social risk category for all investments screened from 2023 onwards.

Environmental and social summary

The fund manager has a well-established approach to environmental and social management and we will continue to support and monitor its approach as the portfolio grows.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

For any other general enquiries contact us at [email protected]

  • Key facts

    Last updated

    When the last quarterly update of the website database occurred.

    March 2024
    Project number

    An identifier number shared by investments in the same project.


    The current status of the investment (green flag for active and red flag for exited).


    The geographical region where the country is located. We currently invest in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Caribbean. In 2023, BII’s investment mandate was extended allowing it to invest in regional funds linked to Ukraine, with the majority of activity expected to begin post-war. Investments outside these regions were made prior to 2012 under previous investment mandates.


    We prioritise those sectors that facilitate development and need our capital the most. Our priority sectors contribute towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals. They range from investing in the power infrastructure that will provide people with better access to electricity, to investing in financial institutions that direct capital to the individuals and businesses that need it the most.

    Consumer - Education, Consumer - Health, Consumer - other services, Financial services, Food & Agriculture

    We provide capital in the following ways: directly – through direct equity, direct debt, guarantees and other non-intermediated financial instruments; and indirectly – principally through investment funds.

    For direct investments and fund investments, this is the date BII committed capital to the investments. This is typically the date on which legal agreements are signed by all parties.

    For the portfolio companies of our fund investments, this is the date (either the month or the quarter) on which the fund committed capital to the portfolio company.

    For direct equity investments, this is the date at which British International Investment exited the investment.

    For debt investments, this is the date at which the final debt repayment was made.

    For funds, this is the date at which the fund was terminated.

    For underlying fund investments, this is the date at which the fund manager exited the investment.

    The total amount committed, per financial instrument, per investment, on the date BII becomes subject to a binding legal obligation to provide funding or assume a contingent liability. This information is provided in US dollars.

    For direct investments, this is the amount that BII has committed to the business or project. For fund investments, this is the amount BII has committed to the fund.

    The currency in which the investment was made.

    Investment type :
    Start date :
    September 2013
    Amount :
    Currency of investment :
    Fund Manager:
    Actis LLP

    The company or investment fund’s place of incorporation.


Investments made by this fund into companies:

For further information about these companies, visit

Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
AutoXpress International Limited Kenya East Africa Consumer - other services January 2014 Exited
Credit Services Holdings (CSH) South Africa Southern Africa Financial services June 2014 Exited
Edita Food Industries Egypt North Africa Food & Agriculture June 2013 Exited
Food Lovers Market South Africa Southern Africa Consumer - other services February 2016 Active
Honoris United Universities Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Uganda Africa, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa Consumer - Education November 2014 Active
Integrated Diagnostics Holdings plc (IDH) Egypt North Africa Consumer - Health December 2014 Active
Les Laboratories Medis Tunisia North Africa Consumer - Health August 2016 Active
Sigma Pensions Nigeria West Africa Financial services November 2015 Exited
Tapestry Home Brands South Africa Southern Africa Consumer - other services October 2015 Exited

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