SDG500: a new fund kickstarting sustainable investment

A pioneering and unique investment platform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 was launched today at the WEF Annual Meeting.

The platform will blend private and public finance to raise $500 million for hundreds of businesses in emerging and frontier markets in the agriculture, finance, energy, education, and healthcare sectors to help achieve the SDGs.

The investment pipeline is strong, and the platform does not anticipate any problems with deal flow. The benefit of working with a wide variety of partners across different sectors is that resources can be pooled to create a robust pipeline with many viable investment cases that will achieve the investment platform’s objectives.

At the 2019 Sustainable Development Summit, Mr. Guterres said, “We must step up our efforts. Now.” The launch of SDG500 at the start of this crucial decade is an immediate and tangible response to this plea.

Source: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/01/sdg500-sustainable-development-goals-investment/

Image:REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

A Malawian farmer, the kind of subsistence worker whom the SDGs aim to lift out of poverty.