In 2021, Impact Investing in Africa will hold two different courses. In May / June, we will hold a live online course over seven weeks and in November, we will hold a five-day course at UCT GSB. These courses are designed for different target audiences, please see below for the five-day course outline or click here for the seven-week live online course. 

Please Note: As a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 course dates and planned formats may change at short notice. 

Gain expertise in impact investing

Position yourself in a rapidly growing field

Impact Investing in Africa is a specialised short course, offered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT GSB, designed to equip wealth managers, consultants, funders and other financial intermediaries with expertise in this rapidly growing field. This interactive five-day course gives participants the tools to develop impact investing strategies, analyse opportunities and engage with clients about socially responsible investments.


TBC for 2022


TBC for 2022


TBC for 2022

Bulk discounts available


Most major financial institutions are involved in the impact investing market by building in-house expertise. However, many wealth managers, consultants and funders have yet to build their own expertise to meet the demand from a new generation of wealth holders. The fast-emerging industry, estimated at $750 billion globally in 2020, requires new financial models, new metrics and new regulation.

The Impact Investing in Africa Course is the only one of its kind on the African continent. It features tailor made curriculum from the Bertha Centre, a thought leader in Impact Investing education, with lectures from leading impact investing practitioners. This five-day course is designed to give asset owners and other types of limited partners the practical financial tools and industry insight needed to allocate capital for impact. 


"This short but immensely valuable course offers comprehensive and contemporary insight across the complex scope of investing in Africa, impeccably delivered material and, most importantly for myself, an opportunity to build valuable relationships with key decision makers doing business across the continent." 

Craig Whitfield - Investment Analyst, Old Mutual Multi-Managers 

"Impact investors in Africa have the opportunity to use innovative financing tools to deploy capital that intentionally creates positive social, environmental and financial impact." 

Aunnie Patton Power - Course Convenor


If you have made your decision and you are ready to apply for this course, please click here.

If you’d like more information or if you have any further questions, please click here. You will receive an email with our course brochure along with a link to apply to this course.

You will benefit from this course if you are an asset owner that is interested in understanding how to allocate capital for impact. This includes: 

  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Diversified Financial Institutions
  • Family Offices
  • Foundations
  • Pension Funds

Our 300+ course alumni include delegates from the following organisations:

  • Government Institutions Pension Fund
  • Investec
  • Nedbank
  • Old Mutual
  • Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Association
  • Public Investment Corporation

Delegates on the Impact Investing in Africa course will gain:

  • A sophisticated understanding of the impact investment ecosystem globally, with best practices on how to balance risk, return and impact
  • Insight into how to develop an impact investing strategy
  • An understanding of the process of building an effective impact investment portfolio through either intermediaries and/or direct investments
  • Practical skills in due diligence, investment selection and valuation of impact investments
  • Exposure to global and African best practices of implementing impact investment strategies from leading experts in the field
  • An understanding of the opportunities in emerging technologies (AI, the Blockchain, remote sensing and Iot) and impact investing

This interactive five-day course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice.

Day 1: Impact investing eco-system and relevance 

Develop a sophisticated understanding of the impact investment ecosystem, globally and across the continent.

Day 2: Designing an impact investing strategy 

Best practices for building a pipeline and performing due diligence with an impact lens across multiple sectors and asset classes.

Day 3: Evaluating, structuring and managing direct investments and investments through intermediaries

Create impact measurement and management strategies and understand the complexities of impact deal structuring.

Day 4: Building impact investing portfolios

How to build your strategy and manage your impact portfolio.

Day 5: Innovative Financing and emerging technologies for impact (Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning)

Learn about what is next in the world of impact investing and technology.

15% for 3 - 6 applicants (discount applied from third applicant)

10% for 7+ applicants (discount applied to all applicants)

10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses

Course Convenor

Aunnie Patton Power is the founder of Intelligent Impact, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics’ Marshall Institute and an advisor to the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Graduate School of Business.

A reformed M&A investment banker, she began her impact career in 2010 with Unitus Capital in Bangalore and has since worked with start-ups, intermediaries, funds, family offices, foundations, corporates and governments across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. 


Natasha’s work in innovative finance has focused on impact monetization and the use of grant funding to catalyse private sector investment for impact. Before joining the Bertha Centre she worked for the Dutch development bank (FMO), where she designed, funded, and monitored projects with a high social, economic, and environmental impact. She sat on the technical assistance advisory committee of two international impact investing funds focusing on micro and small business finance. Natasha’s portfolio included innovative incubation for SMEs, green bonds, and access to finance for under-served groups such as women, youth, and refugees. Natasha has experience in consulting, collaborating with public, private, and donor-sector clients on a range of issues including fund and foundation design, job creation, and youth unemployment. 


The Impact Investing in Africa course can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.