$10tr opportunities for private sector to drive SDGs

Kenya requires more than $40 billion in private sector investment to achieve three emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the next decade.

In a global study dubbed Opportunity 2030 conducted by Standard Chartered Bank last year, there is an almost $10 trillion opportunity for private-sector investors across all emerging markets to help achieve the UN’s infrastructure-focused goals between now and 2030.

The study examines the most impactful opportunities for investing in three infrastructure-focused SDGs in five high-growth markets in Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia.

The three most emerging goals according to the study are lack of access to clean water and sanitation (SDG6), affordable and clean energy (SDG7) and industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG9).

“At the moment, 56 per cent of Kenyans lack access to clean water and sanitation, while 36 per cent have no access to electricity, and the country’s digital access rate (a combination of mobile phone subscription rates and internet connectivity) stands at 34 per cent,” reads part of the report.

Uganda presents a meaningful opportunity to make an impact on SDG 7. With just 22 per cent of the population having access to electricity, there is a $6.1 billion private-sector investment opportunity to help achieve universal access by 2030.