18 September 2017

Unlocking investment to deliver the Global Goals in challenging places

How can we deliver the Global Goals in some of the most difficult business environments in the world?

It’s estimated that $2.5 trillion a year is needed to achieve the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. While $37 trillion of capital is tied up in the private sector available for investment in development. The question is, how can this money be unlocked to deliver the Goals in challenging places – in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

Business Fights Poverty, alongside partners including CDC, looked at this question as part of its Investing for Impact challenge. The work has culminated in a report published in September 2017.

The report looks at a number of successful collaborations between different types of organisations and identifies three ‘catalysts’ – common among them all – that help to attract investors and can lead to a successful investment that has both a financial and developmental impact. These include different types of organisations working together; creating innovative models to mitigate risk and attract institutional investors; and ensuring projects or companies manage investments properly to inspire confidence among investors.

The examples the report draws upon came from Business Fights Poverty’s Investing for Impact challenge, which involved a series of meetings, roundtable discussions, workshops and conferences. Examples of successful projects include CDC investments such as Virunga Energy, a hydropower plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a loan facility set up with Standard Chartered Bank to support businesses during the Ebola crisis.


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