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There has been a lot of news in recent weeks showing a very bearish Emerging Markets.  While much of the data points to this and it has been clear for a while that a strengthened US dollar means weaker numbers coming out of developing countries, not all is lost – especially when it comes to SDG implementation. This is important, because as the US tightens its fiscal policy taking cheaper money off the table, Emerging…

The crisis in Turkey seems to have been hitting the emerging markets in a big way.  Both stocks and currencies are way down across the board as global investors remain on edge over Turkey’s head on collision with the Trump administration.  Of course it doesn’t help that Turkey, a formidable economic and military power is led by what it appears to be a autocratic madman.  But this post is not about politics, but rather an…

Image Source: Andrew Owuor With over two-thirds of Africa’s population having no access to energy, the prospects that those living there will be able to develop a modern thriving society appear on the surface to be nearly impossible. After all energy is necessary to provide communication services, proper healthcare, and a growing economy.  Yet, Africa’s energy challenges may not be as insurmountable as they appear. While it’s true in Sub-Saharan Africa the average electricity grid access rate…

For those of us who have travelled to Sub-Saharan Africa multiple times we are always impressed with the changes taking place.  New buildings, better transportation infrastructure, and increased communications capabilities are just some of the changes I have personally seen.  Yet, these changes are happening in selected areas and appear to have little impact outside of the international zones of the metropolitan areas.  Of course there are outliers like Rwanda and Kenya, but for the…

Image Source: By Rosieponting – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48446058 As increased focus is placed on achieving the SDGs by 2030, it has become apparent that the amount of capital to accomplish them requires a very different paradigm than typical capital investments.  This is where Blended Finance comes in. The OECD defines Blended Finance as the follows: “Blended Finance is the strategic use of development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilize private capital flows to emerging…

In keeping with SDG-Market’s mission to help investors capitalize projects connected to the UN’s 2030 Global Goals, we are sponsoring the Global Solutions Summit (GSS) Lunch Event being held at the United Nations on June 4th. This year’s GSS is focusing on the organizational, entrepreneurial, financial, sociological and managerial dimensions of scaling technology deployment with the focus of doing so in order to meet the UN’s Global Goals by 2030. We have decided to launch…

Image Credit: CIAT – 2DU Kenya 86, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link In today’s global push towards building a sustainable future, focused capital is necessary to ensure that emerging markets are brought on board so they will reach the 2030 target date for the Global Goals.  Green Banks are positioned to position to help capitalize communities in emerging economies. This is why we have recently built a robust partnership with a leading organization in helping to mobilize…