British International Investment

Garden City

East AfricaConstruction & Real estate

Nairobi’s Garden City is a $540 million phased project is one of the largest mixed-use real estate developments in Africa. It has over 400 residential units, and 33,500 square metres of retail space spread across three floors.

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

Our investment

Description of the investment.

CDC and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced an investment of $32 million in Garden City. The investment will comprise $25m from CDC and $7 million from the IFC.

The project created over 500 direct jobs during the construction phase and over 600 more once the project was completed.

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.

The development has provided vital jobs in Nairobi, and has benefited the local economy through the development of its supply chain and infrastructure.

Local businesses have supplied goods and services to the mall and our investment also supported entrepreneurship among local artisans, including a market which has given them access to consumers without the overhead of permanent retail space.

Garden City also contributed to improving skills for workers and local firms involved in the development as it adhered to strong construction quality standards.

Few investors have an appetite for green-field real estate projects in sub-Saharan Africa, so this investment sends out a strong signal of our commitment to Kenya’s economic potential.

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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    March 2024
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    East Africa

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    Construction & Real estate

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    Investments :
    Type Amt Curr Start
    Debt $20m USD 12/2013
    Equity $4.69m USD 12/2013

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