British International Investment

EuroMena III

Cote d'IvoireEgyptLebanonMoroccoNigeriaTunisiaAfricaConsumer - HealthConsumer - other servicesFinancial servicesManufacturing

The EuroMena III fund is pursuing a similar strategy to its predecessors, looking to acquire majority or minority stakes in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Levant, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to support local and regional expansion.

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

Our investment

Description of the investment.

In 2016, CDC invested $20 million into EuroMena III, alongside the IFC, the EIB, and other European DFIs, including Germany's DEG and France's Proparco.

The fund manager is looking to make between eight to 10 investments of between $10 million to $20 million, and is targeting a total fund size of $150 million.

Our investment will support the growth of businesses in the focus regions.

Expected impact

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SMEs in the Levant, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa typically lack access to affordable growth capital, as well as the strategic expertise to enable them to expand their regional footprint.

Our investment will enable the fund manager to provide much-needed capital to fast-growth companies in the FMCG, retail, financial services, education and healthcare sectors to support their expansion. This will support direct and indirect job creation, particularly among women and young people.

The fund manager will also provide managerial, technical and operational expertise to portfolio companies.

The fund has so far made investments in four companies in the FMCG, retail, and banking sectors operating in Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria and Lebanon.

Environmental and social information

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  • Environmental and social risk

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Environmental and social summary

The fund has consistently been rated high residual risk and 3 on EWS because the portfolio includes a couple of Category A deals and the GP’s ESMS / capacity is very weak. The manager’s last two ESG leads have left and have not been replaced. The senior partner is now technically the ESG lead, but commits little time to ESG.

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.

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    Last updated

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    June 2024
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    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 - Health, Consumer - other services, Financial services, Manufacturing

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    June 2016
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    United Kingdom

Investments made by this fund into companies:

For further information about these companies, visit

Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
Carbon Holdings Egypt North Africa Manufacturing October 2018 Active
Credit Libanais SAL Lebanon Rest of the World Financial services June 2016 Exited
Elephant Africa Holding Nigeria West Africa Manufacturing August 2015 Active
EuroMena Jasmin Morocco North Africa Consumer - other services November 2015 Active
Insulco Lebanon Rest of the World Manufacturing January 2020 Active
Novamed Cote d'Ivoire West Africa Consumer - Health February 2019 Active
Retail Holding Morocco North Africa Consumer - other services May 2017 Active

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