We deploy private capital to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Our investments span across growth markets and have impacted hundreds of thousands of businesses, communities and individuals in the markets in which we operate.
The international community established the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. The seventeen goals which comprise the SDGs require the private-sector to play a more active role in reducing inequality, improving health care, addressing climate change, and supporting women’s empowerment and access to education. The effort required is massive. At the same time, the Global Goals provide a unique opportunity. By one estimate, pursuit of the SDGs opens up at least US$ 12 trillion of market opportunities and could create 380 million new jobs.
For us, investing with impact is core to the markets in which we operate. These are markets that are urbanizing and have a young workforce. In many cases, the services required to keep up with the rapid changes shaping these markets are falling behind, from providing adequate infrastructure to delivering quality healthcare, energy, clean water, and housing.
Abraaj’s Impact Investing business uses the SDGs as a North Star. It is critical that our investments positively address and deliver on a range of social and environmental goals including better education, health, infrastructure, clean energy and job creation.
Our strategy is built around three key objectives:
- Market-based Returns: Create long-term sustainable solutions with private equity discipline
- Scale: Ensure our investments create platforms that can cross borders and deliver outsized impact
- Measure impact: Develop benchmarks that quantitatively measure impact and contribution to the SDGs
In our impact investing vertical, we build sustainable platforms that allow us to reach for the SDGs. It requires a long-term view and is a collective responsibility. That’s why we partner with multinationals, government and NGOs to build our platforms, from healthcare to clean energy.
Sustainable impact investing requires a commitment to achieving strong market-based returns and delivering with scale to create a powerful impact for the businesses and communities in our markets.
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