Within the context of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), it is widely acknowledged that the majority of financing needs to come from the private sector if the required scale to reduce unemployment, poverty and income inequality as well as solve for environmental degradation is to be achieved. The rapidly growing field of impact investing aims to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return, and is positioned to be a strong vehicle for attracting necessary private capital with a view to achieving better SDG outcomes.
The Global Impact Investing Network - GIIN - leads the global movement on impact investing:
"Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, conservation, microfinance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education."
Investing for Impact
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GIIN 2020 Impact Investing Survey
Financing the Sustainable Development Goals