UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), in collaboration with UNDP Turkey, conducted a series of training programmes focusing on opportunities in SDG-anchored investing for policymakers, development professionals and finance experts.

As part of SDG Investment Initiative, UNDP Turkey and UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) completed the fourth SDG investment training in January.

Since the last quarter of 2021, four trainings have been conducted that focused on the investment ecosystem in Turkey, impact investing, impact reporting and management, investment opportunity areas identified in SDG Investor Map Turkey, and best practices.

Trainings reached policy makers and practitioners from public institutions, development agencies and investment support offices, private sector, investors, entrepreneurs and funders, relevant NGOs, academicians, who are key stakeholders for impact investing and helped to strengthen their capacity on SDG investments and impact investing. A total of 117 stakeholders from government agencies, regional development agencies, academia, NGOs and private sector participated in these trainings. 60% of participants were women.

These trainings raised awareness among participants while allowed them to explore why it is important to understand the fundamentals of SDG investments and how to measure and manage the impact investing.

Each training consisted of nine-modules provided information to participants on sustainable development agenda, SDG-anchored investments impact measurement, reporting and management. In addition to that, participants gained a better understanding on the role of policymakers in building an SDG-friendly investment environment, the role of the public sector in boosting SDG investments, opportunities and risk mitigation strategies in public-private partnerships, financing models and mechanisms in the impact investing ecosystem, integrating impact management and financial management and best practices for each topic.

SDG Investment Initiative which was launched earlier this year by UNDP Turkey and UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), aiming to promote and develop impact investments through raising the impact measurement and management standards. The SDG investment training modules will be also accessible from the SDG Investments Turkey Platform.

In 2022 and beyond, IICPSD will continue to support countries to build local capacity in impact investing and SDG investments with an aim to create and nurture a well-functioning ecosystem towards the achievement of the SDGs.

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