Ayani designs, promotes and implements performance-based social impact and challenge funds, and applies a market-led methodology to financing and capacity building. The firm’s experience with investment and challenge funds spans the whole trajectory from concept to implementation, and from management to exit, including linkages to and coordination with effective capacity building.
Ayani is actively engaged in the evolving best practices related to both commercially run investment and non-commercial grant-making funds throughout Africa. Such best practices include:
Ensuring market-appropriate tools (e.g., a combination of debt, equity and quasi-equity);
Financial structure alignment with desired transaction and exit timeline;
Linking investment to technical support (including seconding management positions); and
The need for highly efficient systems when more numerous and smaller-scale transactions are anticipated.
Ayani’s fund experience includes:
Market and feasibility assessments
Determining strategic orientation through facilitation of stakeholder discourse
Program development and identifying an appropriate range of products and services
Defining a strategic and efficient mix of financing instruments
Arriving at a shared vision among diverse stakeholders
Capital planning, policy and procedure development
Development of reporting templates to facilitate subsequent monitoring
Set-up of funds/trust including formation of board, and
Management and execution of fund activities and reporting.
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