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Private Equity in Africa

Thomas Gibian, Chairman of Emerging Capital Partners on socially responsible companies and investments in Africa.

Chairman Thomas Gibian talks about how he helped Emerging Capital Partners become the first private equity firm to raise more than $1.8 billion to invest in companies across the African continent through seven funds. He sets the stage by discussing how the private sector was the engine of growth in China and India, and shares how some of the lessons have been applied to Africa. He talks about where the growing markets are in the African continent, and the promising future for entrepreneurs there. Gibian spoke at the 2011 Stanford Africa Forum on entrepreneurship and development.

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  • Hi Jean,Your definitions of notewrk and community make sense. Omidyar Network’s definitions comport with yours, although we take a slightly different angle.Network: a group of people who build connections between them as a way to realize greater benefits to the individual.Community: a group of people who build connections between them as a way to realize greater collective benefit to all connected.I’d be interest to hear how others define these two concepts.

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