Investments

We invest in the poorest countries in the world. In businesses and environments where our funds contribute to creating growth, tax income, job opportunities and faith in the future.

Examples of investments and financial support

Since 1979 we have invested in more than 230 companies in the poorest countries in the world. Here are some recent examples. 

  • Lake Turkana - Africa’s largest wind power project

    The largest single investment in renewable electricity generation in Kenya is the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

    Lake Turkana - Africa’s largest wind power project
  • New fund investment focusing on renewable energy

    Two-thirds of the population of Sub-Saharan African have no electricity. The need is enormous, and the technical conditions for energy supply from renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy are good. The problem is that many energy projects fail due to shortage of know-how, resources and finance.'

    New fund investment focusing on renewable energy
  • Loans to businesses drive private sector development in Tanzania

    When the new government took power in Tanzania in 2015, their priority was clear. The country must industrialise. This gives the private sector a more prominent role. But if this ambition is to become a reality, small and medium-sized enterprises must have increased financing.

    Loans to businesses drive private sector development in Tanzania
  • Women entrepreneurs receive financing

    The inequality faced by women at all levels in commercial life is a major impediment to sustainable development. Equality is a crucial issue in Swedfund’s investments. But there is a desire to do something even more focused on women entrepreneurs, who constitute one-third of all business owners in developing countries.

    Women entrepreneurs receive financing
  • Ethiopia’s industrialisation gets a boost from Bangladesh

    Ethiopia is one of Africa’s least developed countries, and one of the world’s most populous. Most Ethiopians make their living from agriculture. Unemployment is high, and women, in particular, have difficulty in finding work. As the country industrialises, the textile industry is a good place to start. A textile factory can provide a large number of new jobs, particularly for women.

    Ethiopia’s industrialisation gets a boost from Bangladesh
  • Investing in gender equality in Kenya

    There is a strong link between greater gender equality and reduced poverty. Swedfund’s talent programme, Women4Growth, works proactively with gender equality by inspiring women and strengthening them in their professional activity. One of the first participants in the project, Mercury Kivuva from Kenya, is responsible for ten Java House cafés in Nairobi.

    Investing in gender equality in Kenya

The new map of the world

Our ambition is to re-create the financial map of the world.
We can achieve this through a strong network in combination with sound investments in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Red needle= investments in the form of equity or debt 
Yellow needle = financial support 

Our portfolio

Our portfolio is divided between equity, loans and funds.  

Equity investments range between MUSD 3 and 10. Through loans we can finance larger companies together with other financiers. Investments in funds enable us to cost-efficiently reach more and smaller businesses in countries which would otherwise have been difficult to operate in without local presence.

The portfolio's total contracted amount at the close of 2016 was 4.098 billion SEK, divided between 64 investments in 28 countries. 

Portfolio per region 2016

Portfolio per sector 2016

Portfolio per instrument 2016

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