UNDP Social Impact Fund

A unique co-investment platform where entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and capital market investors can use blended financing models to create both economic and social dividends while facilitating the transition from grant-only project-based development to blended financed market-based development.


Bringing together the resources of philanthropy and commercial capital, the UNDP Social Impact Fund invests in innovative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges


Leveraging expertise in both downstream operational management and upstream policy advice, UNDP SIF drives positive change towards responsible investing


Working with our portfolio companies, UNDP SIF helps partners to both make and measure greater impact in their communities and ecosystem

For ALL proposals, please check if you match the criteria here
If you meet all criteria, please apply here.


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About Us

To maximize every dollar being invested in today’s social impact investment (SII) sector, UNDP SIF brings together venture philanthropists, foundations, corporations, government and private investors to chart a  new course toward creating a collaborative financing model to:

Move beyond silos to strengthen accountability to key stakeholders, including (but beyond) investors, as well as to use social performance data for improving operations and to prove impact.  This is especially true as more traditional donors as well as corporations and multinationals sponsor and support new social businesses models and financing under the banner of “shared value” or corporate social responsibility;

Widen the funnel by including purpose-built institutions such as institutional impact investors, venture philanthropists, universities supporting social entrepreneurship and incubators. There are new partnering and financing opportunities within these institutions for seeding and developing ideas that can address social issues in ways that have not previously been harnessed;

Selected Impact Enterprises and socially responsible corporate investments that have a high-potential to amplify and scale inclusive social, environmental and economic impacts (scaling-up or expansion approach)

Identify traditional, large scale investment projects that have to potential to include social elements. For example, social infrastructure, ageing care, low-cost housing projects (economies of scale approach)

Harness sectoral synergy by engaging the network of financial and social capital stakeholders creating ecosystems for entrepreneurship. With critical mass comes the ability to partner with a wider range of like-minded individuals and organizations, as well as a greater chance of sparking innovation through intentional and unanticipated connections;

Support government stakeholders that are planning and/or designing small, medium or large investments with the potential to introduce or expand social impact (policy impact approach);

Address key finance gaps in less-developed venture capital or private equity landscapes. Seed capital is often accessible to entrepreneurs with good ideas and a degree of perseverance.  However, for IEs, the challenge of the “missing middle” the financing gap associated with growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – is amplified;

Create markets for good and incentivize social and corporate entrepreneurs that face structural challenges that hinder their ability to compete successfully. Spur the growth of social enterprises through the creation of new market incentives that allow them to acquire more customers without distorting the markets within which they operate by incorporating social enterprises in corporate value chains and encouraging social enterprise to bid in large-scale procurement efforts.

Our Value Proposition

REACH:  UNDP SIF has unparalleled global reach by accessing UN development experts in more than 170 countries around the world – an organizational footprint that is uniquely global.

DEPTH: UN expertise is deep – covering all the SDG-related sectors including SME Development, clean and renewable energy, water and waste management, infrastructure, healthcare, clean tech, innovation and new technologies – a long established knowledge base that is truly comprehensive.

PARTNERSHIPS: UNDP SIF is expanding its partner network including governments, donors, family trusts, High Net-Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and private sector investment partners.

NEUTRALITY AND TRANSPARENCY:  UNDP SIF offers a politically neutral investment environment that includes both downstream investment opportunities and upstream policy advice, helping to combat legal, cultural and financial barriers to social impact investment opportunities.

RISK MANAGEMENT:  UNDP SIF will employ best-in-class social impact and financial risk and return frameworks that support the quantification of environmental, social and economic impacts.

PIPELINE:  The UN and their associated programmes have a practically invisible pipeline of vetted 1st and 2nd stage investment opportunities that are seeking growth and expansion financing.

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: Due to the UN reach, UNDP SIF has access to global market intelligence when seeking expansion opportunities and local investment and government partners.

M&E RESEARCH: UNDP SIF will establish an A-level academic consortium to research, test and define a new hybrid set of performance KPIs that can disaggregate short and long-term economic and SDG-related results and impacts. This is to better inform investment decision-makers.


Sustainable Finance Collective Asia (SFC Asia)

An innovative and collaborative funding platform formed by UNDP Social Impact Fund, ING Bank, Credit Suisse and the FMO, the Dutch development bank and technical, social and environmental impact, and legal experts.  We aim to support funding proposals in three broad sustainability themes – Circular Economy, Sustainable Energy and Social Impact.


We are in the process of structuring three funds from USD100m to USD500m focusing on the following SDG-aligned areas of investment:

    No Poverty (SDG 1)
    Zero Hunger (SDG 2)
    Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG 6)
    Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7)
    Industry Innovation & Infrastructure (SDG 9)
    Sustainable Cities & Communities (SDG 11)
    Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG 12)
    Climate Action (SDG 13)

We are also very interested in next-generation technology proposals that support the SDGs including Internet of Things (IoT and Internet+), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), Robotics/Bionics, Material Sciences, etc..

If accepted, UNDP SIF will offer a combination of the following support:

Grants – A financial award with no expected compensation over a fixed period of time
Debt – Money lent for repayment at a later date, usually with interest (Market or Concessional)
Equity – Ownership in a company – value determined at time of investment
Guarantees – Protection from various forms of risk intended against capital losses for investors
Knowledge Support: Technical Assistance, capacity building, incubation and  acceleration

For ALL proposals, please check if you match the criteria here
If you meet all criteria, please apply here.



New York Headquarters

UNDP Social Impact Fund
Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY, 10017, U.S.A.

Bangkok Regional Hub

UNDP Social Impact Fund
United Nations Development Programme
3rd Floor United Nations Service Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Contact us at info@socialimpact.fund

For ALL proposals, please check if you match the criteria here
If you match all the criteria, please apply here.

Funding Criteria: http://www.sfc-asia.com/funding
Download Form: http://www.sfc-asia.com/downloadform