Social Impact Investment 2019

The Impact Imperative for Sustainable Development

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This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report on Social Impact Investment (SII), Building the Evidence Base, bringing new evidence on the role of SII in financing sustainable development. It depicts the state of play of SII approaches globally, comparing regional trends, and assesses its prospects, with a special focus on data issues and recent policy developments. Importantly, it provides new guidance for policy makers in OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as providers of development co-operation, development financers, social impact investment practitioners and the private sector more broadly, to help them maximise the contribution of social impact investing to the 2030 Agenda. In particular, it provides four sets of recommendations on financing, innovation, data and policy for delivering on the “impact imperative” of financing sustainable development.



Social impact investment in the financing for sustainable development landscape

The paradigm for financing sustainable development has shifted. Engaging with the private sector and mobilising private finance will be critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Time is running out to achieve the SDGs and it is incumbent upon all actors in sustainable development finance and the private sector more broadly to act now. This chapter makes the case for private sector financing, including social impact investment, as an effective tool to contribute to delivering the SDGs. It explores the current trends of increasing private sector interest in financing for sustainable development impact as well as the growing use of private sector instruments and approaches by both public and private players.


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