Globally and in the Netherlands, societies face large and complex challenges in the environmental and social domain. Government, the social sector, and philanthropy can’t address and/or fund them alone. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take US$5-7 trillion per year globally, with an investment gap in developing countries of about $2.5 trillion.

Next to DFIs (Development Finance Institutions), governments and NGOs, increasingly investors, and the business world play a crucial role in achieving the SDGs and climate objectives. Impact investors and companies with a social or environmental purpose (B-Corps, social enterprises, etc.) are at the forefront of implementing the SDGs.

Impact investment can help close the funding gap. Public, private, and philanthropic capital can work together to deliver targeted outcomes across a broad range of areas. We are missing opportunities to better leverage public and private sector capital for the common good. We can support innovation, infrastructure and entrepreneurship to create and scale solutions to issues affecting society.