Going for Goals

Delivering innovative finance for people, planet & prosperity

The need for further investment
The 2030 sustainable development agenda, adopted by the United Nations, commits the world on a course to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure health and prosperity for all. But in order to drive that forward there needs to be sufficient finance. In fact, it’s estimated that an extra $2.5 trillion of funding will be needed each year to achieve this. So just where is that money going to come from?

It’s not enough for nonprofits and governments alone to tackle global issues including ensuring access to health care, slowing climate change, and promoting equality. New players are entering this space — innovating around creative ideas, methods and techniques to fund life-changing projects and alleviate some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Where’s the innovation?
Let’s take an in depth look. Over the next 10 weeks Devex, along with our partners, will explore innovative financing mechanisms, asking how cross-sector collaboration can lead to improved outcomes, and discussing what it takes to build successful partnerships for change. Through the lens of People, Planet, and Prosperity, we’ll bring together a wealth of insights.


With a focus on finding the funds to finance the 2030 sustainable development agenda, keeping people and their needs at the forefront of change can be difficult. We ask how this can be done and take a look at those financing models making the most difference to people’s lives.

Smart Delivery

Going for Goals: How to innovate on health sector financing

By Malia Politzer / Devex

Despite major improvements in health outcomes over the past 30 years, we still have a long way to go. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will need considerable resources, which is why finding innovative financing methods will be critical to their success or failure. Devex examines some of the challenges and opportunities of different financing mechanisms — from public-private partnerships, to blended finance and impact investing.



When it comes to climate change and its effect on health and wellbeing, is money the answer? We examine the investments being made to prevent, manage and respond to natural disasters and take a look at where potential funding could come from to ensure a sustainable future for all.


5 climate-smart investments

By Rebecca Root, Naomi Mihara / Devex

When it comes to climate change, the push to prevent the planet from warming by an additional two degrees needs to be driven by more innovative and effective financing. Devex hears from Alzbeta Klein, the International Finance Corporation’s director and global head of climate business about the “trillions” of investment opportunities to be had, particularly for the private sector, to help tackle climate change.



Does economic progress lead to improved global health or does access to health care lead to increased prosperity? We examine the link between the two factors and look at ways issues such as equality, famine and disease are being tackled in practical terms to bring about a more prosperous environment.

Dive In Deeper


India turns to the private sector to bring health care to underserved areas

By Sophie Bader / Devex

At a government hospital in the northern Indian state of Haryana, a public-private partnership is working to bring high-end diagnostic services to those who previously couldn’t afford it, or lacked access. It’s here where technology is enabling the state’s best radiologists to connect with patients in far-flung areas.


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