23 February 2017 | The UK’s financial sector and sub-Saharan Africa: partnerships for development


On 23 February, SET, in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade and Investment (APPGTI), hosted a private roundtable event in the Palace of Westminster, London.  The event, chaired by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, APPGTI Chair, brought together representatives of developing countries with donors, private investors and representatives of the City of London to identify opportunities for private sector investment in sub-Saharan Africa. Representatives of firms including Prudential and Gold and General, donors CDC and the Department for International Development (DFID) and TheCityUK were in attendance.

Amongst topics of discussion were the practical and financial challenges facing British investors seeking to finance development, including in sectors such as infrastructure, energy and manufacturing, ways to overcome barriers to the achievement of high-quality, sustainable economic transformation, and the growing role of development finance institutions.

As DFID seeks to promote the City of London as a global leader in private finance for development, SET will continue to engage with this promising policy approach to driving development in the world’s poorest countries.

For more information on this work, contact Judith Tyson (j.tyson@odi.org.uk).