The CBR Fund is a long-yield (10 years) project fund with a view to improve the economies of post-conflict and under-developed countries in order to evolve them into advanced green ecosystems in a short amount of time.


Post-war countries present geo-political and economic instability, and projects in such countries present a higher risk to investors thus leading most endeavours of such nature to be undertaken by professionals in the given industries. The CBR Fund mitigates this risk by spreading it across 30 projects in 10 countries over 4 different “project classes,” and is managed by professionals that have had experience working with both public and private bodies in each class in the participating countries. We will focus on bankable mid-size projects from USD 10 to 20m that have an immediate impact on the community, providing local jobs, facilitating our value chains and ensuring a positive impact on the environment.



Natural Resources

Our portfolio prioritises natural resources projects with an emphasis on mining, minerals processing and agriculture. The principle wealth of the participating countries are minerals, and these resources have been exploited inefficiently and unethically for centuries. Our significance is to optimise and evolve the processes of exploration, extraction and cross-border trade exchanges, with an emphasis on modernising the value chain, repatriating the wealth to the producing countries and implementing ecological practices. We invest in mines, refineries, cutting centres, mining institutions/training centres, mining and minerals technology, certification programs and traceability platforms.


Green Energy

Energy is the world’s number one dilemma and due to global warming, the necessity to find solutions to the way we produce energy for domestic and industrial purposes has become an urgent priority. In collaboration with Regions 20 the CBR Fund has selected a range of green energy projects that coincide with the modernisation of mining an agricultural practices. Green energy projects that maintain a focus on industrial and mining activities that are able to generate power remotely, renewably and ecologically, while increasing production, are at the forefront of our portfolio. We invest in technologies such as modular power stations, solar power, wind power, hydro power and thermoelectric power.


Waster Management, Water treatment

Industrial activities such as mining and agriculture create vast amounts of waste and water pollution. Chemicals used to process minerals are too often released back into the ground, finding there way through water basins and into rivers and water supplies meant for activities such as fishing, small-scale agriculture, washing, and, more importantly, drinking. Substances such as mercury, cyanide and pesticides, contaminate the water supply of local communities, creating poisoning epidemics with serious repurcussions. In order to complete the modernisation of mining and agricultural practices, it is essential that hazardous chemicals are disposed of correctly, if not, banished from the process, and that the water used in these activities is irrigated, treated, recycled and isolated from domestic water supplies. We invest in technologies, equipment and practices that avoid the use of hazardous chemicals and in onsite water treatment facilities.


Logistics

One of the main issues with mining and agricultural activities in post-conflict and under-developed countries is transport, distribution and logistics. Many of these countries have not renewed their trade routes nor the means of transport for over 20 years. Roads, rivers, ports and air-strips are in most cases unusable or non-existent, creating distribution issues. Additionally, many of these trade routes are prone to the risk of criminal activity, increasing the risk of transporting merchandise. In addition, poverty, lack of governance and landlocked scenarios make it difficult to export resources. Whether it be hijacking, battered roads, road-blocks, pirates or even corrupt government officials, these problems increase the risk of distributing natural resources and lead these countries to form smuggling routes, thus devaluing the price of the merchandise as it cannot get to the end-user efficiently or legally. We invest in the development of logistics and transport infrastructure and in cargo aviation projects in order to complete the value chain.