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CbI provides market intelligence to support your decision-making throughout all stages of the project development and investment cycle. Our work draws on two decades of corporate experience monitoring and analysing the energy and infrastructure sectors, politics, projects and emerging trends throughout Africa and The Middle East.

This includes a specialist African Energy consultancy. People choose African Energy for its unique mix of data analysis coupled with a inherent understanding of investment flows and African polities, underpinned by one of the most credible databases on Africa’s power sector.

Our wider infrastructure work blends expertise in undertaking quantitative research and monitoring with a long-standing ability to produce the most professional publications.

Our recent clients include:

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP). Our work with AEEP started in 2012 and  has included preparation of an AEEP Power Project Database and monitoring tool to measure progress towards agreed Africa-EU targets for energy access, energy security and renewable energy and energy efficiency. Subsequent phases of work have included the ongoing monitoring and presentation of progress towards these targets in two separate Status Report Updates, published in February 2014 and most recently in May 2016 for the AEEP's Second Stakeholder Forum in Milan.

Download the AEEP Status Report: Update 2016

Infrastructure Consortium for Africa. Our work with the African Development Bank-based ICA started in 2013 and consists of collection, collation and analysis of data about infrastructure financing trends for the ICA's annual report and includes the African Infrastructure Investment Survey of private sector attitudes.

Our research work on African national governments’ infrastructure budgets in 2014 produced data for 42 countries, substantially drawn from official budget statements, expenditure frameworks or other official government documents. We also provided some perspectives on subnational funding that indicated that funds generated by city, municipal and other subnational governments as well as state utilities may make significant contributions to Africa’s infrastructure development.

Infrastructure Financing Trends in Africa 2014 report published

For private sector players – including major power developers, international oil companies, EPC contractors, banks, hedge funds and private equity firms – we have analysed the operations, personnel and governance of local and international entities, developed political risk scenarios and identified project opportunities.

View some examples of the consultancy and strategic advisory projects we have carried out, from political risk to supply and demand forecasting.

For more information on our consultancy services please contact:

Mark Ford


T: +44 (0) 1424 721667 


To view our capabilities across Africa and the Middle East please visit our where we operate section.