E-commerce Revolution in Africa

E-commerce has realized a significant growth in Africa over the past couple of years, as it
contributes 1.1% on average to the continent’s GDP, according to a recent report by Mckinsey
Global Institute. The report alsohighlightsthate-commerceisprojectedtomakeup10%intotal
retail sales in Africa’s major markets translating to $75 billion in annual revenue. The sector is
expected to have an annual growth of 40% in the next decade.More

Boosting socioeconomic development in Africa

Investing in the Bottom of the Pyramid has resulted in a Kenyan mortgage provider growing into Africa’s most profitable bank with a return on asset ratio of 6.84 percent. This has been achieved by servicing the unbanked and under-banked population in the rural and peri-urban environs in five Eastern Africa countries. More


FDI inflows in the face of socio-political risks: The cases of Nigeria and Egypt

The relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and political stability should be intuitively obvious. Conventional wisdom suggests that FDI will flow towards stable, democratic nations with strong institutions and rule of law. Yet, for some African nations, conditions of socio-political risk may not be as uniformly anathema to international private investments as one would imagine. More

How local companies can benefit from China’s presence in Africa?

China’s influence in Africa has grown rapidly in the last decade. Across the continent Chinese companies are hard to miss with involvement in massive infrastructure projects, the establishment of Mandarin teaching centres, and widespread use of ‘Made in China’ technology. More

Banking products and services for the financially enabled

Only one in five African families has a bank account. This low adoption rate can be efficiently increased by financial institutions partnering with telecom providers to implement innovative mobile banking products & services that allow the continent’s 253 million unique subscribers to transact conveniently at affordable rates. More

Why China’s slowdown is good news for Africa?

China’s $60bn package includes 10 major projects that extend from poverty reduction to trade facilitation in African countries. It is investments of this size that have enabled China to become, in 2013, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest export and development partner. But its engagement has not been free from criticism, with international and African voices alike citing instances of exploitation, environmental damage and a disproportionate focus on extra-ctive activities.  More

Unlocking the Avocado manufacturing potential in Kenya

The objective of the report is to stipulate the potential value addition to avocado products and identify areas of investment opportunities. Kenya has the potential to become a major exporter of avocado products to the International market. It is the largest avocado producer in Africa. Kenya’s avocado production has been growing at a faster rate than that of South Africa over the last ten years. More

Botho at 6

Over the past 6 years, Botho Limited has engaged in multiple projects in different countries. By the end of 2015, Botho had engaged in over USD 500 million in Investment and Strategy Advisory related deals. More

Unlocking the leather opportunity in Kenya

This report aims to map out the current leather industry value chain in Kenya and identify areas within the value chain that present potential investment opportunities. 89% of exports in leather are in form of wet blue/semi-processed leather. The biggest gap lies in the manufacture of finished leather from wet blue, and manufacture of leather products from finished leather. More