Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 01/2013

Evaluate Sustainable FDI to Promote Sustainable Development

John M. Kline

November 2012

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


Prescriptions to increase the role of FDI in promoting sustainable development generally focus on the macro level -- getting policies right and otherwise improving the investment climate. These steps are necessary but not sufficient. Effective implementation processes, especially at the micro project level, are also essential to encourage FDI that matches host country development needs and priorities.