Junior Data Analyst for SDG Investor Map Development, New Delhi, India

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: India

City: New Delhi, India

Office: UNDP Delhi

Closing date: Thursday, 12 December 2019

Background

The 2030 Agenda articulates the United Nations‘ universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. It was agreed upon by all UN member states in 2015 and it is operationalized through 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN estimates that achieving the SDGs requires overcoming a critical financing gap of US$ 5-7 trillion per year. The 2030 Agenda recognizes that the private sector has a fundamental role to play if the world is to achieve the Goals and ensure economic growth and poverty reduction that does not come at the expense of environmental damage, climate change and social and income inequalities. But private sector participation will be required at larger scale, in addition to the growing field of sustainable investments led by the diverse global impact investment community. This means continuing the deployment of the SDGs as the necessary global framework for private actors to capture the benefits and trade-offs of sustainable development. But it also means encouraging greater SDG-aligned investments from institutional investors and corporations, using the 2030 Agenda as a proactive roadmap for capital deployment, rather than exclusively as a framework for the retroactive assessment of impact.

To help fill this financing gap, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) created SDG Impact as a flagship initiative to empower investors with clarity, insights and tools to achieve the SDGs. The SDG Impact aims to provide investors, businesses and others with unified standards, tools, and services required to authenticate their contributions to advance the SDGs and to identify SDG investment opportunities in emerging economies and developing countries. In this context, the SDG Impact introduced an impact intelligence tool - the SDG Investor Maps - to be produced by UNDP Country Offices as a dynamic tool containing a range of market-specific investment opportunities for SDG-aligned capital deployment.

In India, the work to support the SDG Impact initiative is being led by the SDG Finance Facility, a project currently in the ideation stage, that aims to collaborate with leading stakeholders to incubate commercially viable SDG aligned innovative financial instruments that will catalyze financing towards improved social and developmental outcomes