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Sustainable finance and financial inclusion: ESG and impact investing
The actions in the sustainable finance area
Promote efforts to scale up sustainable finance and financial inclusion by supporting the development of ESG and impact investing, accelerating the adoption of global sustainability reporting and measurement standards and fostering access by individuals and micro businesses to affordable financial products and services.
Impact investing creates social and environmental impact while generating returns based on the principle of results-based financing: the achievement of results is rewarded upon verification. It promotes innovation in sectors such as affordable housing and healthcare; it supports a decrease in public expenditure, fostering investment by the private sector and it offers diversified opportunities to private investors.
Accelerating financial inclusion is a key enabler for reducing poverty, boosting prosperity and reaching the SDGs. Financial education and fintech/insurtech solutions will be the primary focus to accelerate financial inclusion.