How to Promote a Sustainable Private Sector in African FCS

Wednesday, 30th January 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

About CASA:

IFC, with support from the governments of Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway, launched the Conflict Affected States in Africa (CASA) initiative in 2008. Initially rolled-out in four countries (CAR, DRC, Liberia and Sierra Leone), the initiative is currently supporting 13 countries in African FCS (Burundi, CAR, DRC, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Madagascar, Somalia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Zimbabwe.)

The CASA initiative has provided impetus to many of recent IFC innovations in African FCS, including the FCS Africa program which was established in 2014 as a regional enabling platform to support IFC teams unlock opportunities in 21 African FCS countries, and an East African Refugee program, the first of its kind, solely dedicated to private sector solutions for refugees and host communities.  During the past decade, IFC’s investment in FCS has grown steadily and IFC has become the largest DFI investor in FCS countries.

Employees of CIPREL thermal power station perform their daily duties, CIPREL is the most powerful power station in the country, located in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Photographer: Dominic Chavez/IFC

Construction workers at the Bovima farming project site near Fort Dauphin, Madagascar.

Photographer: Karel Prinsloo/IFC

UNHCR helps hundreds of refugees cross the border near Nadapal, Kenya as they flow in from South Sudan on February 6, 2018.

Photographer: Dominic Chavez/IFC