Britam Kenya (IFC-37294)

  • Africa
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Kenya
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Dec 21, 2016
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Finance
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Ring Fence
  • No Restrictions
A financial intermediary is a commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank, sometimes for a specific lending purpose. A "ring fence" is another name for this specific purpose. These funds are then used for lending by the financial intermediary to client companies or individuals.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 34.89 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jul 14, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Jan 30, 2017

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Project Description

According to IFC website, the investment consists of an equity investment of up to Kenya Shillings 3,553,375, 000 in newly issued common shares of Britam Holdings Limited to support the company to:

1. develop its local agency network,

2. strengthen the capital base of its core subsidiaries in Kenya and its recently acquired subsidiaries outside of Kenya to meet new regulatory capital requirements

3. support the integration of a new IT platform. Britam is a leading insurance and financial services group in East Africa with headquarters in Kenya and subsidiaries in Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Mozambique and Malawi.

The Company is also the largest shareholder in Housing Finance Group Ltd and one of the largest shareholders of Equity Group Holdings Ltd.

Investment Description
Financial Intermediary
Financial Intermediary: A commercial bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank. A financial intermediary then lends these funds to their clients (private actors) in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. The direct financial relationship is between the development bank and the financial intermediary.
Private Actor Relationship

There is often limited information publicly available about what development banks are funding through financial intermediaries. In 2021, the Early Warning System partnered with Oxfam International to incorporate information on high-risk projects being funded by financial intermediaries receiving funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).

The information listed below describes the relationship between the different private actors linked to high-risk sectors and subprojects of IFC and FMO's financial intermediary investments and/or the financial intermediary's parent companies made from 2017 through 2020, including any associated ring fences.

The database, however, does not explicitly or implicitly imply that IFC or FMO have material exposure to or are contractually or legally accountable to the sub-projects financed by their financial intermediaries or the financial intermediary's parent companies. It only shows a seemingly financial relationship among the different private actors, the financial intermediaries, and IFC or FMO.

Private Actors Description

Britam was incorporated in July 1995 as British-American Financial Services Limited while the insurance business has been operating in Kenya since 1965. It subsequently changed its name to Britak Investments Company Limited in September 2003 and following an internal re-organisation, it became the holding company for the various businesses of Britam being insurance, asset management, property and private equity investments. The Company changed its name to British-American Investments Company (Kenya) Limited in May 2006, and listed on the NSE in 2011. The Company subsequently changed its name to Britam Holdings Limited on 5 August 2015.

Contact Information

Project Contact: Dr. Benson Wairegi
Group Managing Director, Britam Centre 
Contact No.: +254 020 2833 000/2710 927
Email Address:


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