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Our Global Initiatives


Our Global Initiatives

What We Do

ICPSD offers evidence-based knowledge, advisory, and partnership services supporting the expansion of job opportunities for the disadvantaged through increased engagement of the private sector in skills development. We do so by analysing successful examples of private sector-led or public-private partnership skills training initiatives. We help develop general and sectoral toolkits to guide the practitioners on how to engage the private sector in skills development for employment. Additionally, we provide project development and implementation support to countries and regions.

Global Initiatives

Business Call to Action (BCtA)


Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP) – people with less than US$10 per day in purchasing power – as consumers, producers, suppliers, employees, and distributors of goods and services. BCtA is a unique multilateral alliance and over 280 members in 83 countries, have responded to the BCtA, committing to improve lives and livelihoods of millions in developing countries through access to markets, financial services, affordable healthcare, water and sanitation, education among other vital services.

Connecting Business Initiative (CBi)

Connecting Business initiative (CBi) engages the private sector strategically before, during and after emergencies, increasing the scale and effectiveness of the response in a coordinated manner. While governments maintain the overall responsibility for responding to humanitarian emergencies, local communities and private sector networks also play crucial roles in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Connecting Business initiative strengthens and supports those private sector networks.

The initiative is designed to advance sustainable, people-centered development, reduce disaster risks and alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies. CBI was launched in the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 and is a collaboration between UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and other strategic partners.

Global Islamic Finance and Impact Investing Platform (GIFIIP)


Who we are

GIFIIP was established by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (ICPSD), in 2016. Engaging the private sector, governments, and key stakeholders operating in the Islamic finance and impact investing markets, the platform aims to promote market-based solutions to sustainable development challenges by creating a collaborative working space among these actors.


Position Islamic finance and impact investing as a leading enabler of global SDG implementation through private sector engagement.


The Platform strategizes and nurtures Islamic finance and impact investing business ecosystem through i) developing a spectrum of Shariah-compliant impact investing tools and instruments, and ii) improving the access of impact enterprises to Islamic funding.




SDG AI Lab is a joint initiative of UNDP Nature, Climate and Energy Team, Finance Sector Hub and ICPSD, which has a mission to harness the potential of frontier technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for sustainable development. The Lab contributes to strengthening UNDP’s internal capacity to respond to the increasing demand for digital solutions through provision of research, development and advisory support.

Skills for an Inclusive Future (S4IF)


Aims to facilitate the inclusion of underserved populations and support their transition to the Future of Work through stronger private sector engagement in skills development.

It seeks to achieve this through amplifying the impact of existing private sector engagement in skills development and spearheading knowledge sharing initiatives built on global expertise, while being actionable and locally relevant.

As a global multi-stakeholder advisory network established with the collaboration of UNDP and EBRD, focus areas of S4IF include digital transformation, the future of work, and green economy.