Since the global goals were adopted five years ago, countries have developed national SDG roadmaps that identify priority SDGs where urgent efforts are required to achieve the objectives they have committed to. These priority goals have been structured into groups of sectors (e.g. renewables, education, health, etc.) that, from an investor perspective, represent an optimal set of investment opportunities.
While investment is flowing towards the SDGs, the pace and scale is insufficient to realize the goals by 2030—a situation further exacerbated by the global Coronavirus pandemic. A significant hurdle is that many investors do not see the SDGs as an investment case because the goals are rarely presented in this light, and, conversely, country SDG plans are not packaged to investors in a way that induces action. The effect of this misalignment is that investors are not accessing the full potential of SDG aligned investment opportunities.
Enter Pipeline Builder
The Ground_Up Project, a Swiss-based impact finance advisor, is co-designing, together with the SDG Lab, the Pipeline Builder, an intermediary that streamlines the investment origination and distribution process to drive more capital to the SDGs. The project focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets.
To help interested parties better understand the Pipeline Builder, a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document has been compiled providing responses to questions that have been posed to the project team.