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Trillions or billions? The Future of European Institutional Investment in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies

Time (GMT +01) 14:00 15:00
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The world faces an annual $4 trillion investment gap to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs). Meanwhile, European institutional investors like insurance companies and pension funds collectively manage over $17.5 trillion in assets. Shifting even a small portion of this capital could make a significant contribution to sustainable finance needs.

However, since the SDGs were established in 2015, little additional institutional capital has flowed towards EMDEs from Europe. This seminar will discuss ODI’s most recent working paper, which provides an updated, granular analysis of the potential for mobilising investment from the largest European institutional investors in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK towards EMDEs.

The analysis examines three key dimensions:
1) Shifting stakeholder expectations around sustainable investment;
2) Changes in financial conditions, performance, and costs;
3) Legal and regulatory reforms impacting institutional investment.

By anchoring realistic expectations, the seminar aims to inform better policymaking to unlock institutional capital for critical investments supporting people and the planet in emerging markets. Discussion will explore concrete strategies to accelerate this capital mobilisation over the coming years.

The working paper can also be found here.


  • Matt Robinson

    Head of Private Capital Mobilisation, British International Investments

  • Samantha Attridge

    Senior Research Fellow, ODI

  • Bianca Getzel

    Senior Research Officer, ODI

  • Neil Gregory

    Senior Research Associate, ODI