Presentation of the feasibility study for designing the first impact fund dedicated to education in Africa.

This feasibility study carried out by Francesca Marchetta (CERDI/Université Clermont Auvergne) and Tom Dilly (I&P) is led by FERDI.

In January 2019, Investisseurs & Partenaires and the Government of Monaco signed a partnership agreement to create the first impact fund dedicated to education in Africa.

A key component of the partnership consisted in carrying out a feasibility study "Supporting Education in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for the Impact lnvestor", conducted by the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI). The main observations and conclusions of the study were presented publicly on 10 July at the Sorbonne in the presence of Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Government of Monaco and, Nicholas Burnett, Chair of the IIEP-UNESCO Governing Board.




Introduction by Mr. Gilles TONELLI, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Government of Monaco

Presentation of the conclusions of the feasibility study led by FERDI, this study highlights the opportunities and the challenges of impact investment in Education in Africa

With: Francesca Marchetta, Assitant Professor - CERDI - Université Clermont Auvergne & Tom Dilly, Project Officer Education

Panel discussion- From Education to Employment in Africa: the role the private sector in addressing education and employment challenges in Africa.

Facilitated by

Patrick Guillaumont is President of the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (Ferdi), professor at the Université d'Auvergne, researcher at the Center for International Development Study and Research (Cerdi) which he founded in 1976.



Keynote speech by Fabio Segura, Co-CEO of the Jacobs Foundation, partnering with I&P and Comoé Capital in Côte d'Ivoire. The Jacobs Foundation is committed to quality education in Côte d'Ivoire with the TRECC programme.

Jean Michel Severino, President of Investisseurs & Partenaires, will present the new blended finance programme "I&P Education to Employment"










Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) is an impact investment group dedicated to African Small and Medium Enterprises. Since its creation in 2002, I&P has invested in more than 50 companies, located in 15 African countries and operating in various sectors of activity (health, transport, microfinance…). Created by Patrice Hoppenot and headed by Jean-Michel Severino since 2011, the I&P team comprises about thirty collaborators in Paris and in its six African offices in Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Madagascar.

The development cooperation policy of the Government of Monaco, which has made poverty alleviation its priority of intervention, allows the support of approximately 130 projects in 11 countries each year, mainly in LDCs (Madagascar, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal and Burundi). This assistance focuses on four key areas of intervention to develop human capital - health, education, socio-economic inclusion and, since 2018, food security - and targets the most vulnerable people (women, children, refugees, people with disabilities) as a priority.

The Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI), was created in 2003 and aims to promote a fuller understanding of international economic development and the factors that influence it. It supports research activities that make use of the most modern and most directly relevant instruments of economics to study development, and seeks to strengthen the potential of the French-speaking world in this area.