UNOPS, the United Nations Office for Project Services, has put out an open call for investors and partners to co-design and back large-scale sustainable infrastructure projects in “emerging and frontier markets”.
Some $2.5trn of the UN development goals has yet to be invested and “75% of that gap is made up of critical infrastructure projects in the developing world,” says Philipp Mueller, chief executive officer of BlueOrchard Finance.
Real estate is a crucial frontier in fighting climate change. Meka Brunel, chair of the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA), is demonstrating just how significant the sector’s impact can be.
‘DJ’, the charismatic Senior Fund Manager of CBRE GI’s Affordable Housing Fund, tells us “the investment case for affordable housing has never been stronger.” European investors are being attracted by the security of income.
The optics of sustainable and impact investing are appealing. Increasing numbers of mainstream asset managers are now offering impact investing funds in order to take advantage of the zeitgeist of ‘levelling up’ or ‘building back better’. One area standing to benefit is social housing.