Roundtable on Investment and Sustainable Development 2020


30 September - 1 October 2020

The Roundtable on Investment and Sustainable Development (RISD) is central to OECD’s efforts in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (see OECD Action Plan on the Sustainable Development Goals). It aims to develop new forms of OECD engagement that support policy coherence and maximise the role of private investment as a catalyst for sustainable development. Building on the first and second RISD held in 2018 and 2019 and maintaining its flexible and inclusive nature, the third Roundtable continued policy discussions and critical thinking through the active participation of member and partner countries and a variety of non-governmental actors. Under the strategic guidance of the OECD Investment Committee, the RISD seeks synergies with related initiatives in other fora, including the UN and its agencies, the World Bank Group, and regional development banks.

As countries attempt to recover and build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic, the relationship between FDI and development cooperation is of interest to both the international investment and donor communities. The first session of the 2020 RISD, held on 30 September 2020, is therefore jointly organised by OECD’s Investment Committee (IC) and Development Cooperation Committee (DAC).



30 September 2020 13.30-15.30 (CET) – SESSION 1: Investment and sustainable development: Between risk of collapse and opportunity to build back better – joint IC-DAC session

The Covid-19 pandemic and associated social and economic crisis is severely impacting all sources of financing for both OECD and developing countries, including private investment. As part of the planned joint work by OECD’s Investment Committee and Development Cooperation Committee, a policy paper was prepared to present investment trends and qualities during the pandemic and discuss possible priorities for investment policy and development cooperation to rebuild sustainable investment flows, augment sustainability impacts of existing investments and make investment resilient for future crises. At the RISD, participants explored what coordinated action of investment policy and development cooperation during the post-Covid recovery should be taken and how the OECD can best support and guide such action.

Download the background paper here.  

1 October 2020 13.30-15.30 (CET) – SESSION 2: FDI and resilient health sectors

The current health crisis related to the outbreak of Covid-19 puts unprecedented pressure on health systems around the world. While their resilience and capacities are currently challenged, the promotion of high-quality healthcare, accessible and affordable to all, is a permanent policy objective and essential to sustainable development. A policy note was prepared to better understand the role of FDI in building resilient and accessible health systems, with a particular focus on developing countries. At the RISD, participants discussed opportunities and risks associated with private investment in health-related industries and how the OECD could work towards policy guidance in this regard.

Download the background paper here. 


Roundtable participants included senior government representatives from investment and development communities from both OECD and partner countries, international organisations, business executives, and representatives from civil society and academia.




Rewatch the sessions

Session 1


Session 2




Foreign direct investment during the pandemic: A buffer for jobs?

Can foreign direct investment improve the resilience of health systems?

Can development aid enhance the resilience of investment in developing countries?








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