Written by Patrick Temple-West
Food security, education, infrastructure, sewerage attract new funds.
They may not be flashy, but projects to upgrade creaky infrastructure and achieve environmental gains are emerging as top investments for funds that have built strategies on the United Nations sustainable development goals.
The economic collapse caused by the spread of coronavirus has provided fresh impetus to so-called impact investing — which measures specific social and environmental impact and can range from above- to sub-market returns.
For years this approach was an obscure corner of the investing world but it has recently gained more traction in financial capitals around the world. Banks, private equity firms and other investors, some previously criticised by campaigners for supporting unscrupulous investment decisions, have launched impact investing funds in recent months.
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