Ambitions driven by a shared vision
STOA is an impact fund created in 2017 by the Caisse des Dépôts and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to finance infrastructure in emerging and developing countries.
Deeply committed to promoting a shared DNA, this joint venture focuses on the promotion of ecological, digital, territorial and societal transitions through development finance and public interest missions.
STOA draws on the experience of its peers, benefitting from both the investment expertise of the Caisse des Dépôts and the AFD’s strong international presence.
The name STOA evokes the porticos of Ancient Greece, meeting places providing protection from the elements. It was chosen to reflect both the stability of our shareholders and the strength of our entrepreneurial spirit.
Our mission: supporting European and local ambitions for the development of emerging markets
STOA engages in long-term partnerships in strategic sectors to effectively meet the critical infrastructure needs of populations, thereby promoting the development of sustainable and resilient economies.
To achieve this, we support high value-added infrastructure and energy projects for African, Latin American and Asian communities, using a robust ESG and Impact approach.
Present in 110 countries via a network of 85 agencies, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) currently advises, finances and supports over 3,600 development projects.
Its ambition is to contribute to a safer, fairer and more sustainable shared world.
As a public group working for the common good, the Caisse des Dépôts (CDC) invests in all types sectors promoting positive: territorial, ecological, energy, digital, demographic and social transitions.
OF COMMITTED CAPITAL
OF INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA
OF CLIMATE CO-BENEFIT PROJECTS
In our teams’ relationships with our partners – including governments and companies – that we strive to support over the long term. In our processes, our decisions and their implementation, which enable us to create and implement balanced partnerships.
Exemplified by the highest standards, guiding our actions based on respect for people and the environment. It is vital that our projects are always sustainable and ethical, and that we have a positive impact.
Through our organization which, thanks to its size and the expertise of its teams, is highly responsive and able to provide prompt and meaningful solutions.
By supporting our partners, we aim to be a driver for improving their economic and environmental performance.
OUR INVESTMENT POLICY
STOA’s ambitious investment policy is oriented by the following elements:
✓ Developing and emerging countries, mainly in Africa (50%), but also in Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
✓ Greenfield and expansion projects in 5 key sectors: energy, transport, environment, telecommunications and social infrastructure.
✓ Profitable projects requiring long-term investments (15 to 25 years) in which we take a significant minority stake, with tickets ranging from 10 to 50 million euros per operation.
✓ Responsible investments that meet demanding ESG criteria.
✓ Providing populations with accessible, functional and clean infrastructure.