The panel discussion on “Financing Innovative Solutions for the SDGs” is part of the WAITRO Summit 2022, taking place on November 14-15 in Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose of this panel is to consider how WAITRO members can be best prepared to join innovative projects with a focus on SDGs.
Context and Topics
Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require more than funding through grants and donations. Private investment is an attractive target, but private investors require forecasted returns to interest them. An SDG project can pay sufficient returns to attract private capital while not compromising its goals. Furthermore, it can potentially increase the income of the community in and around the project. The latter is particularly important, as sustainability and conservation require community involvement. Scaling and replicability are other issues that are required for private investors. Projects or ideas which can be scaled up or replicated in other places can utilize more capital and have more impact. Deal sizes of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars are required to interest large investors.
With this background in mind, the panel discussion will focus on the following key issues:
- The Risk and Return Gap Between Investors and Developers
- Governance Risk in New Businesses
- Aspects of Bankability
- The Fund Facility Landscape and Difficulties in Accessing the Funds and Facilities