Project profile — Canada Investment Fund for Africa


CIFA GP Limited
2005-07-14 - 2016-12-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (100.00%)


• Banking And Financial Services: Formal sector financial intermediaries (24030) (10.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Privatization (25020) (20.00%)
• Industrial development:
Industrial development (32120) (30.00%)
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (10.00%)
• Mineral Resources And Mining: Mineral prospection and exploration (32220) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The Canada Investment Fund for Africa (CIFA) is a Government of Canada initiative created to provide risk capital for investment in Africa; as such, it is an important component of Canada’s contribution to private sector development in Africa. The Government of Canada investment of $100 million has leveraged an additional $160 million for investments in fifteen individual African companies in the oil and gas, mining, consumer goods, financial services, agribusiness, manufacturing, and logistics sectors, as well as two regional equity funds targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results as of March 2012 include: The Canada Investment Fund for Africa (CIFA) has fully closed out its investment in five of the companies and has partially closed out investments in another five companies and the two funds for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), generating returns of capital and profits to Canada in excess of $30 million. The remaining CIFA investments are still recovering from the effects of the global financial crisis. The market value of remaining Canada’s investment in CIFA was US$45 million as of March 31, 2012. CIFA investments continue to achieve development results such as introducing new financial products for SME development, introducing new technologies in production sectors, and promoting corporate social responsibility measures in infrastructure development, health, and education in local communities affected by extractive and mineral sector investments. These results are contributing to the creation and development of long-term viable businesses that have sustainable economic and social benefits, such as: sustainable job creation, improved infrastructure, long-term mobilization of capital, technology transfer, increased tax revenues, increased foreign exchange, and improved business practices.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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