Impact Investment Deal Flow and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 'Mind the Gap?'
Accounting and Finance, (2023) https://doi.org/10.1111/acfi.13068
32 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2023
Date Written: February 18, 2023
We examine the linkage between the available impact investment deals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ascertain to what extent those deals are likely to achieve the aims of the SDGs, that of a sustainable and prosperous world. Drawing on 292 available deals, we find that most deals are directly or indirectly linked to only four of the 17 SDGs and are concentrated in two regions of the world. Accordingly, we conclude that impact investing has a significant imbalance in the SDG-dealflow-region nexus. Without addressing such an imbalance, impact investing will only have a limited impact on overall SDG attainment. Therefore, we also share some thoughts on addressing the imbalance.
Keywords: Impact Investing, Impact Investment Deal, Sustainable Development Goals, Sdg-Dealflow Gap, Geographic Region
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