UNDP and Government of Sierra Leone Unveil SDG Investor Map for Sustainable Development
December 11, 2023
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Sierra Leone have launched the Sierra Leone SDG Investor Map, a market intelligence tool that identifies and showcases investment opportunities aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDG Investor Map is part of the UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH) initiative SDG Impact, which aims to provide investors with tools and services to help them contribute to the SDGs. It was developed in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone and relevant ministries led by the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Departmentsand agencies (MDAs) to ensure the investment themes are aligned with government policies and national development needs, and that hold a significant potential to advance the SDGs.
The launch event featured key stakeholders, including government officials, business leaders, and representatives from the international community. The speakers emphasized the importance of collaboration between public and private sectors to drive positive change and create an enabling environment for sustainable investments.
Speaking the official launch ceremony, UNDP officials and representatives from the Sierra Leonean government including the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the National Investment Board; expressed their commitment to leveraging the SDG Investor Map to attract responsible investments that contribute to achieving the nation's development goals.
UNDP Resident Representative , Mr. Fredrick Ampiah emphasized, “the SDG Investor Map is not just a document or a tool; it is a powerful catalyst for change. It serves as a comprehensive guide, providing invaluable insights into investment opportunities in Sierra Leone, through evidence-based insights that align with the SDGs. It will provide market intelligence; help unlock and facilitate the alignment of private investment and capital for the SDGs. It showcases the immense potential and empower investors with clarity and insights that our country holds for investors.”
Sierra Leone’s Ministerof Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Kenyeh Ballay, noted the launch of the SDG Investor Map will accelerate the mobilization of private capital for the implementation of the SDGs in Sierra Leone.
The SDG Investor Map identifies four key sectors : renewable energy, healthcare, education, and agriculture, presenting a comprehensive analysis of investment potential, risks, and impact.
The Sierra Leone SDG Investor Map is expected to contribute to the broader Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) initiative by broadening private sector investment and participation. It provides comprehensive market intelligence across the country’s priority sectors where development needs and policy priorities overlap, and where private capital can make a difference to sustainable development.
UNDP is committed to facilitating in-country reflection on how to mobilize capital towards the SDG priorities and engage national stakeholders and investors.