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Aid is not enough for Africa

Zain Latif argues that the key to growing frontier markets is encouraging sustainable investment

Wednesday, 4 August, 2010

In another interview from the inaugural Alumni World Forum Cass MSc Alumnus, Zain Latif, argues that the western approach of supporting frontier regions, like Africa, with aid will not help grow sustainable businesses or encourage western investors to unlock capital for investment in these regions.
Mr Latif says that the image of Africa presented in the western media is only partially true and ignores the large number of entrepreneurs who have the ability to drive businesses forward but simply lack the support systems to do so. He says that organisations like his, TLG Capital, aim to provide the support systems that will encourage external investment. 
The Cass Talks interviews are an opportunity to hear Cass faculty and prominent alumni give their perspective on current business and finance news stories, global issues affecting the business world and new research coming out of the School.
Zain Latif is Principal of TLG Capital an organisation created with the belief that commercial and social returns go hand-in-hand in frontier markets. Listen, watch and download Mr Latif’s Cass Talks and see other Cass experts share their opinions at

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