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We are driven by a passion to positively impacting the lives and livelihoods of African people.


Impact & returns

At Phatisa, we are committed to the principle of 'and' – as opposed to 'or'.

Meaning, we focus on delivering impact & returns. Planet & profits. Growth & responsibility. 

We do not believe that financial performance and impact are mutually exclusive – rather, mutually beneficial.


We are driven by a passion to positively impact the lives & livelihoods of African people.  And achieve this ambition by investing into the food value chain and affordable housing - to create inclusive businesses that maintain their commercial focus while addressing societal & environmental challenges.  

African experts

With over 150 years combined experience working on the ground in the continent, we are sector specialists who live & breathe Africa.  We have local insights, regional relationships & global reach.

Growth partners

We are committed to partnering ambitious management teams to grow inclusive businesses, that actively address sustainable development challenges, like poverty, hunger, inequality & climate change.

Impact creators

Commercial & impact considerations are embedded across our investment process - from origination to value creation to realisation.  

Aligned investors

We work with some of the world's most reputable, responsible investors, including DFIs, institutional investors, family offices and HNWIs.


For us, creating more just, equitable and inclusive businesses and societies is a key driver of growth. In this way, delivering impact returns is not something we do additionally, it is core to our investment strategy and how we define success. 


We have a hands-on approach - working closely with our portfolio companies to deliver long-term sustainable value and driving progress by finding flexible capital solutions.


At our heart, Phatisa has a development vision - founded in experience & creativity.  We are committed to the highest standards of excellence & safeguard alignment with our stakeholders and investors by putting our own capital behind our thinking.

Phatisa promise: More than capital - people & planet & profits

  • Investing For Impact
    Operating Principles for Impact Management Alongside founding signatory – the International Finance Corporation – Phatisa was one of the first 60 adopters to the Operating Principles for Impact Management (the Impact Principles). The Impact Principles provide a reference point against which the impact management systems of funds and institutions may be assessed. They draw on emerging best practices from a range of asset managers, asset owners, asset allocators and development finance institutions. The Phatisa Disclosure Statement affirms that our firm and investment portfolio, including (i) impact management systems; (ii) policies and practices; and (iii) investment services are managed in alignment with the Impact Principles.
  • Sustainable Development Goals
    The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) form a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. To adequately respond to the challenges and opportunities of the ongoing food and housing revolution on the continent, we have internalised best international principles for impact measurement and reporting to tell our story through our affordable housing and food funds. The Phatisa impact themes embed our business model, investment strategy and brand; they are aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, thus adopting a language that is universally understood.
  • Leading Women's Empowerment
    In 2019, Phatisa became a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, established by UN Global Compact and UN Women in 2010. Through the seven principles, we are committed to promoting and fostering business practices that focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment in our place of work, the African private equity industry and the companies in which we invest. We aim to focus our efforts on equal pay for work of equal value, gender-responsive supply chain practices and zero-tolerance against sexual harassment, among others. Phatisa recognises gender equality as an important accelerator in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work continues.
  • Task Force for Financial Related Climate Disclosures (TCFD)
    We are pleased to release our first climate report, aligned to the Task Force for Financial Related Climate Disclosures (TCFD) and IFRS2 recommendations. We believe that climate change is the most pressing issue of our time, creating unprecedented risks and opportunities for businesses across all industries and geographies, but particularly so for our focus area of the food value chain in sub-Saharan Africa. Our markets are the most vulnerable – and the least prepared – for climate change, but they also offer significant opportunities for economic transformation and new development pathways. Phatisa has been considering climate risks and opportunities as part of our investment strategy for many years, and we are pleased to publicly release the work we have done in the last year, as well as our climate change journey as a fund manager, which commenced in 2015. This report reflects our commitment to enhance our governance, strategy, risk mitigation, metrics and targets regarding climate change over time. We believe that companies that can navigate these emerging challenges—from physical risks to policy shifts and technological disruptions—and seize the mounting opportunities of the energy transition, will have the climate resilience to thrive in a changing world. We look forward to lead by example, and continuing our work to support our portfolio companies to decarbonise.

Promise is a strong word.  It sets intent.  Commitment.  And accountability.

Our promise as an investor is to offer more than capital.  We have put our name & signature to this promise by becoming an early adopter and signatory to multiple sustainability & societal principles that we believe in.


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