It’s Gender Day at COP27. Actis and their portfolio companies actively support inclusion and diversity. Take a look at this case study, for just one example of how Actis are taking action.
Actis established Lekela Power in 2015 to deliver clean, reliable energy across Africa. Together with our JV partner Mainstream Renewable Power Africa Holdings, we built the business into Africa’s largest pure play renewable energy Independent Power Producer. Lekela invests across a variety of entrepreneurship initiatives, running female apprenticeship programmes at its West Bakr wind project, as well as needlework and tailoring training programmes for women in the communities. Female economic participation produces proven societal benefits, yet in much of the world women are significantly underrepresented in the energy industry. To help mitigate this issue, in 2019 Lekela joined the IFC’s Energy2Equal programme, a coalition of renewable energy-focused companies operating in Africa. Each year Lekela’s annual performance targets include focused initiatives on female inclusion and economic empowerment.