In this paper, we unpack the scope and possibilities of sovereign development funds (SDFs) in different forms and under different political-cum-institutional conditions as a policy tool supporting economic growth and development, particularly in developing countries. Defining what the purpose should be and what is possible is complicated by a number of factors. The form of government of the sovereign sponsor and the significance of public legitimacy may help or hinder different types of investment mandates. Moreover, different investment mandates and their relative sophistication require organizational capabilities and expertise that are often not available locally or are insufficiently developed, such that the implementation of certain investment mandates is constrained and/or too costly. The purpose and the design possibilities of a SDF are, ultimately, contingent on local conditions, resources, and the essential developmental needs of the country and its population.
- sovereign wealth funds, sovereign development funds, institutional investors, development, resource revenue management, Africa