Monthly Archives:October 2018

4IP Group attending the largest global gathering of impact investors, the GIIN Investor Forum in Paris, 29-31 Oct

30 Oct 18
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On Monday 29th of October, 4IP Group Managing Partner, Elsa Sarmento attended the half-day IRIS Upgrade Working Group Meeting aimed at facilitating an upgrade process for IRIS which will evolve IRIS from being a catalogue of generally accepted performance metrics to a comprehensive impact measurement and management (IMM) system that enables users to find specific resources, guidance, metrics, and templates based on needs and preferences.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, 30-31st of October, Elsa Sarmento will be attending the actual GIIN Investor Forum considered the global congress for the impact investing community. As the largest global gathering of impact investors and aspiring impact investors, the event serves as the vital hub for the most current information, opportunities, and connections in the field. From 4IP Group’s participation, we hope benefit and learn from the biggest leading actors in the impact investing industry in our quest to contribute to the shaping of a new future for the financial markets, e.g. through increasing the knowledge of the Impact Investing from the editing of a Handbook on Impact Investing.

From the exciting agenda drawing on the GIIN’s unparalleled experience 4IP Group in addition to attending the many plenary sessions will also be found at several of the streamed parallel sessions; refreshment & networking breaks and the drinks receptions where we look forward to showcasing our project portfolio and (ESG) advisory services as well as exploring new opportunities and potential external partnerships.

New Working Paper uploaded

29 Oct 18
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Please check our new Working Paper on contribution of Pension Funds to the supply of Impact Capital:

Supply of Impact Capital and Pension Funds


4IP Group attending UNCTAD WIF 22-26 Oct

21 Oct 18
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UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2018

On 22nd to 26th of October, 4IP Group Managing Partner and current President Christian Kingombe and 4IP Group Research Associate, Torkil Hvam Sørensen, will be attending the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2018, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the United Nations Headquarters in Europe and an international business, economic development and diplomacy hub.


The UNCTAD World Investment Forum celebrating its 10th anniversary is the pre-eminent global platform for investment and development. The Forum devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. It facilitates multi-stakeholder collective action to stimulate investment in development. The Forum offers a unique opportunity to influence investment-related policymaking, shape the global investment environment, and to network with global leaders in business and politics.


This will be 4IP Group’s inaugural participation in this major event, in our continued quest to participate in the creation of increased awareness for impact investing in Switzerland and beyond, while at the same time matching Swiss, Italian, French and Danish Impact Investors with investment opportunities in Emerging and Frontier Markets (see our event showcase).


The two 4IP Group delegates are looking forward to meeting with the +5,500 investment stakeholders as represented by a unique mix of impact entrepreneurs, (impact) investors, as well as sovereign wealth fund managers, investment treaty negotiators, heads of investment promotion agencies, international investment location experts, heads of international organizations, and the members of the EMPRETEC network during this leading forum to leverage investment policy for sustainable development.


Christian and Torkil have both signed up to the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2018 online community in order to be able to see who else is attending, start conversations with them, and to see which of our Twitter and LinkedIn connections are coming, as well as building a personal schedule of sessions which we are planning to attend. Should anyone wish to book private meetings with us, we can be reached through the UNCTAD Conference Application, but otherwise we can be found at the following Programme Sessions:


Official Opening of the Investment Village

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM, Mon, 22, Oct, 2018.

UNCTAD Youth Forum 2018: Youth Entrepreneurship: A force towards inclusive and sustainable growth globalization

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Mon, 22, Oct, 2018: Room XXI

See Christian Kingombe’s Book Review of ‘Youth Employment in Africa: Harnessing the power of the private sector to create sustainable work opportunities for Africa’s youth’ by World Bank. African Journal of Political Science and International Relations (AJPSIR). 2010. 85 pp.,

Grand Opening

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mon, 22, Oct, 2018: Assembly Hall (3rd floor).

2018 United Nations Investment Promotion Awards

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Mon, 22, Oct, 2018: Assembly Hall (3rd floor)


Global Investment Game Changers Summit

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Mon, 22, Oct, 2018: Assembly Hall (3rd floor).

Global Leaders Investment Summit I: Investment in A New Era of Globalization

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Tue, 23, Oct, 2018: Assembly Hall (3rd floor).

IIA Break-out session, UNECA: Promoting transformative investment in Africa through regional integration

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Tue, 23, Oct, 2018: Room XXVI.

See paper Is Infrastructure the Key to Africa’s Economic Transformation?



Private Sector Solutions for Sustainable Development: ISO standards: helping to make the 2030 Agenda a reality

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Tue, 23, Oct, 2018: 3rd Floor, Bulding E, Exhibition Area.

Investment Promotion Conference

2:45 PM – 5:45 PM, Tue, 23, Oct, 2018: Room XXVI.

Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Global Dialogue

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Tue, 23, Oct, 2018: Room XVII.

4IP Group through one of its Managing Partner is affiliated, via IIX Chapter Lusaka, to the Impact Investing Exchange (IIX) which Introduced the Women’s Livelihood Bond™, which is a US$8 million bond for impact enterprises and microfinance institutions to grow their businesses and scale social impact. The world’s first listed bond with dual focus on financial and social returns, empowering the lives of over 385,000 women in Southeast Asia. We plan to roll this innovative tool for financing the SDGs in Africa via our involvement in our newly co-established “For Women In Africa”. IIX’s Impact Exchange is the world’s first Social Stock Exchange dedicated to connecting impact enterprises with capital that reflects values.


Main Obstacles and Solutions to Investments in Africa

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Tue, 23, Oct, 2018: Room XI (3rd floor).

See Policy paper on African growth, poverty reduction and the G-20


6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Tue, 23, Oct, 2018: E-Building, 1st/3rd floor

Talking Business: Africa I

8:00 AM – 9:45 AM, Wed, 24, Oct, 2018: Room XXIII

Private Sector Solutions for Sustainable Development: Introduction to Blockchain for Sustainable Development

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Wed, 24, Oct, 2018: 3rd Floor, Bulding E, Exhibition Area

See paper How to Lower the Cost of Remittances in Africa? – CFD Financial Inclusion Series

Global Leaders Investment Summit II

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Wed, 24, Oct, 2018: Assembly Hall (3rd floor).

IIA Break-out session, FES, ICJ and IISD: Investment for sustainable development: incorporating investor obligations in trade and investments agreements

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Wed, 24, Oct, 2018: Room XXVI

Talking Business: Africa 2

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM, Wed, 24, Oct, 2018: Room XXIII


Sovereign Wealth and Pension Funds Dialogue

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Wed, 24, Oct, 2018: Room XXII.

4IP Group is actively involved in the ESAFON-led Swiss Impact Initiative, which is focusing on engaging with the Swiss Institutional Investors to incentivize them to allocate a higher share of their portfolio towards the Impact Investing asset class. Moreover, see our new resource publication on this topic which can be accessed here:

See also paper “Overcoming the global developmental and environmental challenges: The Role of capital markets and Institutional Investors.” Published on February 27, 2017 by Christian Kingombe.

Responsible Agricultural Investment

3:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Wed, 24, Oct, 2018: Room XXV


For the social impact investors focusing on the agricultural sector please allow us to draw your attention towards our growing portfolio here: Teasers will be delivered to interested investors upon request.

ISAR Honours 2018

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM, Wed, 24, Oct, 2018: Room XVII

For those interested in commissioning best practice on sustainability and SDG reporting from 4IP Group please get in contact with us and take a closer look at our expertise here: and here:

Private Sector Solutions for Sustainable Development: Climate-Smart Agriculture is Business-Smart, cases from Latin America

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Thu, 25, Oct, 2018: 3rd Floor, Bulding E, Exhibition Area.

People-first public-private partnerships

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Thu, 25, Oct, 2018: Room XXIV

To access a sample of 4IP Group’s most recent PPP resources please click here:

Ministerial Roundtable on Entrepreneurship

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Thu, 25, Oct, 2018: Room XX (3rd floor)

We will be attending this event as part of our support to the UNCTAD EMPRETEC Programme.

See most popular paper by Christian Kingombe: Review of the most recent literature on Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Input to DFID’s Wealth Creation Agenda: Making British International Development Policy more focused on Boosting Economic Growth and Wealth Creation.

Mobilizing investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in Africa: 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM, Thu, 25, Oct, 2018. Room XXVI

To read about how 4IP Group’s is mobilizing Sustainable / ESG / Impact Investing for impact enterprises and sustainable infrastructure projects in Emerging Markets please click here:

Family Businesses as a Force for Long Term Good

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Thu, 25, Oct, 2018: Room XXV

Regarding What is the role of businesses in delivering on the SDGs, particularly in emerging markets? We will be happy to discuss the role of some of the businesses in our portfolio:

Empretec Women in Business Awards 2018

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Thu, 25, Oct, 2018: Assembly Hall (3rd floor)

4IP Group is a founding member of the new facility “FOR WOMEN IN AFRICA”. This Association aims to promote the development of the economic and social status of women in Africa. The Association aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Africa in the green economy. It may, in particular:

  • Supporting the growth of micro-small and medium-sized enterprises with technical and financial support,
  • Facilitate and support the marketing of products that meet the standards of the network and ensure wide dissemination of good practices,
  • Adhere to an organization and in general help and assist by any means any establishment, association or foundation pursuing a similar or complementary object to this.

For more news and links to our future not-for-profit work within this NGO click here:


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Thu, 25, Oct, 2018 : Salle de Pas Perdu.


IIA Break-out session, CUTS International: Improving policy coherence to attract export oriented FDI for sustainable development: taking forward phase 3 of IIA reform: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM, Fri, 26, Oct, 2018: Room XXVI


Creating more and better jobs through investment

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Fri, 26, Oct, 2018: Room XXVII

4IP Group Managing Partner spent the first almost four years of his career working to promote the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda, which was followed by writing a PhD thesis focusing on how to create more jobs using labour-based rehabilitation and construction technology on rural roads in least developed countries (Zambia): An Enquiry into the Causes and Nature of the Transmission Mechanisms between Labour-Based Rural Roads, Sustainable Growth, and Agricultural Trade in Zambia‟s Eastern Province.

See also the following paper by Christian Kingombe: Employment Effects of Foreign Direct Investment in Host Developing Countries: Survey and Trends.

Special Economic Zones: Challenges and Opportunities

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Fri, 26, Oct, 2018: Room XXIII

To access a think piece by 4IP Group Co-Founding Managing Partner, Dr. Kingombe, click here:

Women Entrepreneurship and the SDGs

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Fri, 26, Oct, 2018: Room XI (3rd floor)

Again 4IP Group is happy to discuss to objectives of the new NGO “For Women in Africa” which we have just co-founded, which focuses on this theme.


Using Blended Capital to Finance the SDGs

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Fri, 26, Oct, 2018: Room XXII

4IP Group founding managers are all previous senior African Development Bank (AfDB) officials. 4IP Group recently joined the Swiss Impact Investing Association (SIIA). 4IP Group also founded the IIX Chapter Lusaka: , which is a global initiative run by local leaders to connect the Wall Streets of the world with the backstreets of our communities. Together, IIX Chapters will explore the positive relationship between financial profit and positive impact by creating local communities of professionals across sectors that collaborate to achieve sustainable development and equitable growth in their cities.

4IP Group is similarly in the process of establishing a Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (GSGII) National Advisory Board in Lusaka, Zambia, which will be the first LDC joining the Impact Revolution led by Sir Ronald Cohen & GSGII: For more information click here:

Forum Outcome and Closing

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Fri, 26, Oct, 2018: Room XX (3rd floor).



6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Fri, 26, Oct, 2018: Investment Village.


See you next week at the Palais des Nations.



4IP Group attending the GSGII Impact Summit 2018 “The Power of Impact: Driving to Tipping Point 2020”, New Delhi, India, 7-9th October 2018

05 Oct 18
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4IP Group Managing Partner and current rotating president, Christian Kingombe, and 4IP Group Zambian Pipeline Officer & IIX Chapter Lusaka Lead, Haggai Chomba, will be attending the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (GSGII) Impact Summit “The Power of Impact: Driving to Tipping Point 2020”, 7-9 October in New Delhi, India.

4IP Group has a wealth of exciting impact investing projects in our pipeline, including an exciting Affordable Housing (Sun City – Athi River) project South of Nairobi, Kenya; a Solar Power (Africa Utility Solar) Fund focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa; several wind power parks (Naxxar 1-4) in Romania; Biofuel (Green Fuel Sugar Estate and Ethanol Production Plant) project in Zimbabwe; Fruit Juice project in Guinea; PPP transport infrastructure projects in Tanzania and Uganda as well as numerous small, medium and large scale impact enterprises operating from Zambia.

As on-going Impact Investing Market Builders in Zambia, hitherto through the Impact Investing Exchange (IIX) Chapter Lusaka, we are looking forward to participating in the GSGII Summit’s first day’s Workshop for National Advisory Boards (NABs) and potential future NABs on Sunday October 7 in order to get to know existing, new and potential future NAB members from around the world as well as exploring and learning more about the following categories: NAB Structure & Governance, NAB Leadership, NAB Communication & Education, NAB Sustainability, NAB Delivery & Achievements in Market Building, Other Market Building topics?

During the remaining part of the GSGII Summit we are looking forward to in-person conversations with impact investors regarding our above mentioned impact investment pipeline and to meet with other 900 impact leaders of the global impact investing ecosystem engaged with key issues pertaining to demand; supply; intermediation; policy & regulation; and Market Building as the five core building blocks of the global impact investment eco-system issues. See you in New Delhi.