The imperative to create new incentives to direct private investment to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has never been clearer. The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened progress on the SDGs across all countries, and added to existing financing gaps for the 2030 Agenda, especially in developing countries. Achieving the SDGs requires steering private capital towards investments that can advance progress on the Goals. Private sector interest and focus on SDG aligned investment has surged, including new financial mechanisms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ADB’s second SDG Dialogue explored the drivers of private sector investment in the SDGs and opportunities to channel investment to SDG related sectors.

The discussion focused on: 

  • How private investors are taking on the SDG financing challenge
  • Opportunities to scale up private sector investing for the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific
  • ADB’s work in promoting and incentivizing private sector financing in the SDGs in the region.