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Infrastructure investment from the private sector and donor countries can boost growth in Africa and aid in post-pandemic recovery. Unfortunately, high risks and slow returns mean that infrastructure projects often struggle to get off the ground.

So how do we create more bankable projects? Mikaela Gavas, Co-Director of CGD’s Development Cooperation in Europe Program and Senior Policy Fellow, joins Gyude to discuss the barriers to investment, the EU’s experience in overcoming them, and how a new initiative—an Accelerator Hub—could act as a one-stop shop to help local businesses and institutions in Africa develop financially viable proposals and connect them with investors.

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