Kenya: Bridge International Academies-03/Kenya
Health and safety, access to information and redress
USD 10 million equity investment
In 2013 and 2016, IFC invested a total of US$13.5 million of equity in Bridge International Academies (the “Company”), Africa’s largest chain of low-cost schools. According to IFC, at the time of its investment, the Company operated 211 schools serving over 57,000 students in Kenya and aims to provide quality education to children from families earning less than $2 per person per day. The investment was intended to support an increase in the number of schools in Kenya and expansion to 3 new countries. IFC completed a divestment of Bridge International Academies effective March 3, 2022.
In February 2020, CAO received a complaint from a parent of a student enrolled at the Bridge International Academy Kwa Njenga Msq (Bridge), in Kenya, with support from the East Africa Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights), a Kenyan NGO. The complaint concerns an alleged electrocution which occurred at school.
CAO found the complaint eligible in February 2020 and began an assessment of the complaint. During the assessment, the complainants and the company agreed to engage in a voluntary dialogue process to try to resolve the dispute. CAO’s assessment report is available in English and Kiswahili under "Case Documents" section below this page.
This case is currently in mediation. An overview of CAO’s cases related to Bridge International Academies is available in this communiqué.
Status as of March 23, 2023