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Research and design of an SDG-focused impact investing intermediary in Africa


While public and private finances contribute approximately $100 billion each year towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this combined figure is still far short of the estimated $2.5 trillion needed every year to achieve the goals.

Scope of work

Together with Shell Foundation and Omidyar Network, the IMPACT Programme is funding an assessment to explore demand for a new specialised financial intermediary that originates and structures portfolios for investors to address specific SDG themes. Called ‘17Africa’, the aim is to develop a blueprint for an operating model providing a set of products across asset classes that are attractive for their SDG contribution as well as for their risk and return profile, to meet the needs of a broad range of investors.