UNCDF and Earth Security Partnerships launch strategic partnership to produce quality analytics to drive innovative finance for the SDGs

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Earth Security Partnerships (ESP)  launched a strategic partnership to boost the quality of information available to global decision makers regarding investments that will advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNCDF is a UN agency committed to making finance work for the poor in the world’s poorest countries. ESP is the non-profit arm of Earth Security Group, a London-based global advisory firm that helps some of the world’s largest companies and investors to advance social and environmental impacts on a global scale.

UNCDF is a UN agency committed to making finance work for the poor in the world’s poorest countries. ESP is the non-profit arm of Earth Security Group, a London-based global advisory firm that helps some of the world’s largest companies and investors to advance social and environmental impacts on a global scale.

The goal of the partnership is to leverage the core competencies of both organizations—the country-level development and impact investment experience of UNCDF with ESP’s analysis and impact intelligence capabilities—to drive greater flows of investment capital to developing countries, including the 47 least developed countries (LDCs), in support of the SDG agenda.

Private capital is necessary to achieve sustainable development by 2030, particularly in the LDCs. The persistent challenge is that the developing countries where development needs are greatest are also where the flows of finance are the scarcest. UNCDF and ESP recognize that the SDGs represent an opportunity map for businesses and investors looking to integrate sustainable development into their decision-making, but find a lack of high-quality, data-based, actionable analysis about where and how to invest to deliver acceptable risk-adjusted returns on investment.

This new strategic partnership will address both of these challenges by analyzing strategic investment scenarios in developing countries, particularly LDCs, highlighting opportunities for promising SDG-positive investments, presented in an annual impact intelligence report. UNCDF and ESP will collaborate on providing this critical information to decision makers, including institutional investors, development finance actors, corporations, and more.

Read more in the announcement.

UNCDF
Monday, May 27, 2019
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