UNDP and Invest India tie-up to launch the SDG Investor Map for India

The National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency, Invest India has partnered with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India to develop the first-ever ‘SDG Investor Map for India’. The map lays out 18 Investment Opportunities Areas (IOAs) in six critical SDG enabling sectors, that can help India to move forward on Sustainable Development path. This initiative is an instrumental stride in India’s development trajectory.

The Map comes at a critical time for India. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the financing gap for the SDGs in India has only widened further and decades of development progress is nearly on the verge of a reversal. Investing in the SDGs at this point is crucial to ‘Building Back Better’ and making the economy and our societies more resilient and sustainable. Enhanced productivity, technology adoption and increased inclusion are all critical factors that this map uses to identify the most attractive sectors for investors.

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About SDG Investor Map Report for India:

  • This data-backed research and insights will act as the blueprints to provide a better understanding of how best the SDG financing gap can be reduced in India.
  • The development pathway of India will determine the achievements of the global environmental social targets, therefore it is critical to ensure that these pathways are sustainable, resilient and equitable.
  • The 6 SDG sectors include education, healthcare, agriculture & allied activities, financial services, renewable energy & alternatives and sustainable environment and the IOA’s in these sectors were selected through an analytical process which include consultations with major domestic and international investors, government stakeholders and think-tanks.
  • 10 out of the 18 identified IOA’s are mature investable areas that have strong private equity and venture capital activity and feature companies that have demonstrated profitability.
  • The remaining 8 areas are emerging opportunities which have experienced traction from early-stage investors.
  • Government continues to show strong support for the SDGs and sustainable recovery, mobilizing this kind of capital and supporting the on-ground innovation needed to meet the SDG targets by 2030

Key highlights of the SDG Investor Map:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the SDG financing gap by around 400 billion USD in creating international locations including the pre-COVID19 shortfall of around 2 to 2.5 trillion USD per annum.
  • Around 50% of the selected IOA’s have historical investments and have yielded Internal Rate of Return(IRRs) more than 20%.
  • Around 84% of IOA’s have investment time frames from short term (less than 5 years) to medium term(5 to 15 years).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Invest India is a non-profit venture under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Invest India MD and CEO: Deepak Bagla.
  • Invest India Established: 2009.
  • Invest India Headquarter: New Delhi.

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