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Investing in Africa

 Thomas Barry, founder of the Zephyr Management investment firm, on opportunities for social enterprise in Africa.

Africa poses remarkable opportunities for private equity investment, according to Thomas Barry, founder of the Zephyr Management investment firm. Pointing to the reliability of its renewable resources, its growing workforce, its expanding urbanization, and other strengths critical for business success, he reveals that, on this continent, reality is much better than the US public perception. He also talks about his own firm’s investment strategy on the continent. Barry spoke at the 2011 Stanford Africa Forum on entrepreneurship and development.

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