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Africa50-Project Finance

Room2Run is the first-ever synthetic portfolio securitization between a multilateral development bank (MDB) and private sector investors, pioneering the use of securitization and credit risk transfer technology in a new segment of the financial markets. Structured as a synthetic securitization by Mizuho International, it transfers the mezzanine credit risk on a portfolio of 47 African Development Bank non-sovereign loans in the power, transportation, financial, and manufacturing sectors across Africa. Africa50 invested into Room2Run alongside Mariner Investment Group, a US investment firm.

Africa50's Role


Africa50 and Mariner Investment Group (a US investment firm) invested through a Risk Protection Agreement.

Development Impact

  • Room2Run is a first-of-its-kind solution to help development banks optimize their balance sheets and expand lending capacity, while attracting private capital into developing economies in a commercially viable way. 
  • The African Development Bank is expected to redeploy its freed-up capital into infrastructure project finance assets, which provide significant capital to both traditional and renewable energy projects.
  • Long-term, the increased investment by the private sector stimulated through Room2Run is expected to raise formal employment. 
  • The African Development Bank's additional renewable energy projects are expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions across Africa, while increasing energy access.

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