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5 reasons why you should attend the impact investing panel by BusinessDay at social media week

The BusinessDay Social Media Week main stage panel session has quickly become the session that many look forward to.  As content partner to Social Media Week, BusinessDay Media Limited – West Africa’s foremost business daily and financial intelligence company – organizes every year a main stage panel session with an audience of over 500 people and thousands more online. The 2019 session last year was focused on how to make Financial Inclusion a reality for Nigeria and was graced by Lagos State Governor, Dr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Prof. Olayinka David-West, Academic Director at the Lagos Business School, amongst others distinguished guests on our panel. The 2018 panel session was on Journalism: New Media Trends with distinguished guests such as J.J Omojuwa, Tolu Ogunlessi and Peace Hyde on the panel.

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Learn about Impact investing  

Impact Investing is a term that is often used but not always understood. According to Global Impact Investing Network GIIN “Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending on investors’ strategic goals.  The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, conservation, microfinance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education”.

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Learn about the 17 sustainable development goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart, are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

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Learn about how we can solve Nigeria’s most pressing social development issues through impact investing 

The Nigerian private sector can play a major role in the attainment of SDGs in this country. Supporting SDGs through Impact Investing should be an imperative for the private sector and this panel session will discuss exactly how to do it. Studies have estimated that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 in developing countries will require mobilizing an additional $2.5 trillion per year from diverse sources, such as development aid, domestic budgets, and private investment. $ 34 billion of that funding will need to come from the private sector.

 Network and meet important stakeholders

This panel will be moderated by BusinessDay’s Senior Associate, Lehle Balde, who is also a radio anchor, focusing on financial inclusion and impact investing. Speakers will be announced this week and we are excited about the seasoned professionals that will be on the panel session this year. You can expect to hear from an exciting line up, which constitutes a myriad of stakeholders making up the impact investment ecosystem in Nigeria.  This is a great opportunity for social enterprises, investors, and goalkeepers to gather and exchange ideas.

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