SDG aligned investing, a form of impact investing, incorporates social and environmental considerations front and centre in the decision-making criteria for investors. Globally, investors are increasingly financing instruments including blended-capital public-private initiatives, SDG aligned impact funds and innovative mechanisms such as social impact bonds. Such investments overcome traditional market failures, help to multiply the impact of limited government resources, provide attractive risk-adjusted returns and deliver measurable sustainability outcomes. The participants at the investment breakfast will deliberate on potential opportunities in this space and collectively explore potential partnerships being guided by several examples from the developing world. Organized by UNCTAD in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), this interactive dialogue will identify and share policies and practices that have facilitated investment for sustainable development in the host economy.
Areas of discussion:
- What kind of products and investment vehicles are investors seeking in SDG aligned projects?
- How can public financing and technical assistance be leveraged to mobilise private investment?
- How important is impact measurement to financial investors?