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.
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
23 April 2021
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.
WILL I GET AS MUCH FROM THE VIRTUAL COURSE AS I WILL FROM THE IN-PERSON COURSE?
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.
You will benefit from this course if you are a:
We have our 300+ course alumni, including delegates from the following organisations:
Delegates on the Impact Investing in Africa course will gain:
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
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. Aunnie has designed millions of dollars’ worth of innovative financing instruments including the first social impact bonds in Africa.
Currently, Aunnie lectures on Innovative Finance, Impact Investing and Technology for Impact at UCT, Oxford and the London School of Economics and consults globally on the intersection of emerging technologies for impact finance and the creation of innovative financing and impact investing strategies for organizations.
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 titled Innovative Finance.VIEW ALL FACULTY