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Sustainable development is an investment issue. Capital is needed to alleviate poverty, create jobs, accelerate the clean energy transition and allow for the development of much-needed infrastructure to provide goods and services for all. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important source of that capital.

But investment does not come without risks. How can we ensure investments are made responsibly, without harming people, the environment or the local economy?

IISD works with governments and civil society to develop and improve legal and policy tools focusing on the critical linkage between investment and sustainable development. We look for and provide new approaches to ensure that investment law and policy advance environmentally sound investment that generates broad socioeconomic benefits. In particular, IISD experts examine how the rules and institutions that govern international investment flows can be improved to benefit developing countries.

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  • Blog
    Launching the Sustainable Finance Map of Geneva

    Launching the Sustainable Finance Map of Geneva

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    Explorer les projets d'investissement agricole

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  • Blog
    Touring Agricultural Investment Projects

    Touring Agricultural Investment Projects

    A two-week trip explores how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of agricultural investment tools in Africa.

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  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 1, April 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 1, April 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.

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  • Report
    Policy Approaches for a Kerosene to Solar Subsidy Swap in India

    Policy Approaches for a Kerosene to Solar Subsidy Swap in India

    India could save money and reduce indoor air pollution by switching kerosene subsidies to solar.

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  • Blog
    Investor–State Dispute Settlement Reform Talks Resume at UNCITRAL

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  • Report
    SADC-IISD Investment Facilitation Workshop

    SADC-IISD Investment Facilitation Workshop

    Report of the meeting held August 21–23, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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  • Report
    Survey on Developing Country Investment Treaty Negotiations

    Survey on Developing Country Investment Treaty Negotiations

    At the suggestion of participants at the 11th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators, IISD produced a survey of developing...

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  • Policy Brief
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    Weighing up the Environmental Cooperation Agreement under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement

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