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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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  • Commentary
    Investment Facilitation for Sustainable Development: Getting it right for developing countries

    Investment Facilitation for Sustainable Development: Getting it right for developing countries

    This piece explores how investment facilitation belongs not in binding World Trade Organization rules, but in the work of organizations that focus on research, best practice and capacity building for developing countries.

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  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2019

    Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2019

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

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  • Blog
    How Institutional Arrangements Can Engage Small Businesses in Climate Adaptation

    How Institutional Arrangements Can Engage Small Businesses in Climate Adaptation

    Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises need a supportive environment of institutional, legal and policy frameworks to adapt to climate change.

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  • Report
    Canadian Initiatives Against Bribery by Foreign Investors

    Canadian Initiatives Against Bribery by Foreign Investors

    Building on the recognition that corruption threatens sustainable development, the report analyzes Canadian legal initiatives under both domestic and international law against bribery by Canadian businesses investing abroad.

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  • Blog
    How Could China’s New Foreign Investment Law Impact Trade Debate?

    How Could China’s New Foreign Investment Law Impact Trade Debate?

    Negotiators from the United States and China have met repeatedly in recent weeks to reach an agreement to resolve some of the trade irritants between them, including the high-profile issue of forced technology transfers.

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  • Blog
    Launching the Sustainable Finance Map of Geneva

    Launching the Sustainable Finance Map of Geneva

    A new map of sustainable finance players in Geneva could be a vital tool to scaling up funding for the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Blog
    Explorer les projets d'investissement agricole

    Explorer les projets d'investissement agricole

    Un voyage de deux semaines explore les moyens de maximiser les avantages et de minimiser les risques des outils d’investissement agricole en Afrique.

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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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