Who We Are
SUFINDA (short for sustainable finance data) is an organisation headquartered in the UK, set up to support the global community of climate and sustainable finance researchers, decision makers and investors. Hosted at SOAS University of London’s Centre for Sustainable Finance, it is the holding company for the Climate and Sustainable Finance Data Initiative, a unique data project combining relevant country information, multi-level and multi-sectoral financial data and assessment of progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change mitigation and adaptation.
SUFINDA’s global database will enable researchers, investors and practitioners to assess not only how much public and private money is flowing to developing and transition economies, but also to better understand which business models prove most effective, why money flows to certain places, how to assess enabling frameworks and regulation as well as barriers to action. Such data can be used to accelerate flows of climate and sustainable finance and enhance the effectiveness of existing investment, which is currently hindered by the significant gap in available and reliable data.
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Centre for Sustainable Finance
SOAS University of London
London WC1H 0XG
What We Do
SUFINDA is developing a global database to provide accessible, standardised and comparable datasets agreed by a global network of experts and sourced by domestic researchers. The Initiative will provide an opportunity to track innovative climate and sustainability relevant technologies, products, asset classes and business lines in private equity and the ‘green’, climate and sustainable debt markets (including enabling technologies such as blockchain, AI and fintech) around the world.
SUFINDA is developing a flexible longitudinal methodology to track the impact of different financial interventions at a granular level. It is being developed in alignment with existing approaches to impact assessment at a corporate and investor reporting level, including those of the OECD, IRIS, IMP+, the WBA and more. The methodology will assess financial interventions across an evolving taxonomy addressing cross-sectoral climate and sustainable finance, based on existing work by the EU, HLEG, CBI and CPI.
The SUFINDA Network is a global network of independent institutions, with a database owned and operated by countries in the Global South most at risk to the adverse impacts of climate change but with the least adaptive capacity and resilience. The Network will consist of a group of climate and sustainable hubs around the world, facilitating business modelling, planning and development, sharing best practice and encouraging the flow of climate and sustainable finance.
The goal of the SUFINDA Network, and the Climate and Sustainable Finance Data Initiative which it is running, is to put control of data into the hands of the Global South. Every partner in the SUFINDA network will have their own domestic database, which they will own and operate. The educational and skills building services delivered through the Network will build capacity in developing and transition economies to make their own decisions about how to achieve their climate and sustainability goals and provide the domestic skills to act on those decisions.
Focused on developing and transition economies, the Network will facilitate learning, policy transfer and entrepreneurship. It will support countries in planning and guiding access to and the deployment of the necessary climate and sustainable finance. Focusing on the process and outcomes will enable them to more effectively design and achieve Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and make real progress towards achieving the SDGs.
The Network will provide detailed, independent analysis of trends, financial flows, enabling environments, challenges and opportunities by country. Gathering robust, reliable and comparable data on climate and sustainable finance in developing and transition economies will enable the management of risks and provide a better understanding of the effectiveness of risk mitigation tools, enabling accelerated flows of finance.