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 live online course outline, or click here for the five-day face-to-face course.


Position yourself in a rapidly growing field

Impact Investing in Africa is a specialised live online course, offered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT GSB, designed to equip fund managers, asset owners, consultants and other financial intermediaries with expertise in this rapidly growing field.

This interactive seven week live online course allows participants to engage directly with leaders in the impact investing space across the continent to develop impact investing and impact measurement strategies, analyse and evaluate opportunities, and engage with clients about impactful investments.

The course uses a blended learning approach that is customizable to participants’ learning objectives and schedules.  Participants will have the opportunity to listen to pre-recorded lecture sessions on the core topics when it is most convenient to them and then during designated live online class times twice a week (Monday’s and Wednesday’s), they will then virtually engage with the speakers from those videos in large and small group discussions. Additionally, participants will be placed in learning groups that will meet once a week to discuss course material, questions and work together to push the boundaries of their learning experience.


26 April – 11 June 2021


13 April 2021


R13 000

Bulk discounts available for this course


It has never been clearer that the world is shifting towards sustainability and impact. It is also clear that financial institutions have an outsized role to play in this shift. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing becoming the norm across much of the world with nearly 25% of all professionally managed assets have some element of ESG. Finance professionals wanting to differentiate their strategies are pushing beyond ESG into Impact Investing. 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 course is designed to give delegates the practical financial tools and industry insight needed for this new field.

This online course uses a blended learning approach that is customisable to participants’ learning objectives and schedules. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to pre-recorded lecture sessions on the core topics when it is most convenient to them and then during designated class times, they will then virtually engage with the speakers from those videos in large and small group discussions. 

Live online virtual sessions will take place two times a week on Monday’s and Wednesday’s for three hours (starting at 3PM SAST/9AM EST), meaning that you don’t need to step away from your day job to get the full experience. Additionally, participants will be placed in learning groups that will meet once a week (self-facilitated) to discuss course material, questions, and work together to push the boundaries of their learning experience. The course will run from 26 April 2021 to 11 June 2021, giving you enough time to dive into the offline content and engage in the online discussions and networking sessions.

We’ve shaken up the structure of the course to ensure that you get more, not less, great content and opportunities than before. Here’s what you can expect:

1. More time to digest the content: Every year people ask for more content, more time, more discussions. Going live online allows us to do just that. The course will be run over seven weeks, giving you more time to engage deeply with the content and apply it to your own work.

2. Even more amazing speakers: We've convened the world's leading impact thinkers and do-ers to join you, live, in your home office or living room.

3. A blended model of both synchronous and asynchronous learning: Gain all the knowledge you need at your own pace through pre-recorded videos, and then dive into diverse in-person discussions in small groups.

4. Personalise your learning journey: With numerous break-out sessions, deep dives, and diverse speakers, you can tailor your learning experience. Even better - all sessions are recorded so that you don't have to worry about missing out on another great session.

5. Online networking with senior impact investing practitioners: Live online doesn't mean distant. You'll have plenty of opportunities to meet and engage with fellow classmates.


Thato Ntseare tells us why he chose the UCT GSB's Impact Investing course, what he learned from it, and how it's impacted the way he works.


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 a:

  • Finance or development finance professional
  • Funder
  • Lawyer
  • Wealth manager
  • Consultant

We have our 300+ course alumni, including delegates from the following organisations:

  • Allan Gray Orbis Foundation 
  • Alexander Forbes
  • Bowman Gilfillan
  • DFID
  • Ford Foundation
  • Government Institutions Pension Fund
  • Investec
  • Nedbank
  • Old Mutual
  • Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Association
  • Public Investment Corporation
  • Standard Bank 
  • Tshikululu Social Investments
  • Venture Capital Trust Fund
  • WWF

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

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 innovative finance advisory firm and a university lecturer on Innovative Finance, Impact Investing and Technology for Impact. At the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business, she holds the title Adjunct Faculty as well as Senior Advisor to the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. At the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, she holds the title Associate Fellow as well as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship and a founding member of the Dazzle Angels, a female angel investing group.

A reformed M&A investment banker, Aunnie began her impact investing 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. Aunnie's work has been published throughout the world, including by the Oxford University Press, the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), the World Economic Forum, Impact Investing Policy Collaboration and as a Massive Open Online Course on Coursera. 


Karim is an advisor and educator in impact measurement and impact investing. As the Managing Director of Evalysis, he has worked with prominent private, public, and social sector organisations on evaluating the impacts of grant-making programs and impact investment portfolios across a range of sectors and regions. He is the founding Programme Director of the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, and delivered executive training on impact measurement and impact investing in Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, UK, Canada, and the US.

Karim was previously the Co-Chair of the Impact Measurement Task Force convened by the Government of Ontario, a member of the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force, and an advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier, he co-founded the impact investing advisory firm, Purpose Capital (now Rally Assets), and co-authored the global market review commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, “Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry”.


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.