Advances in Investment for Sustainable Development

A special issue of FinTech (ISSN 2674-1032).

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Department of Financial Engineering and Institute of Dynamic Management, Faculty of Business Management, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VILNIUS TECH), Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10233 Vilnius, Lithuania
Interests: investment for sustainable development; sustainability assessment; anatomy and implication of sustainable development; risk management

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Department of Entertainment Industries, Faculty of Creative Industries, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VILNIUS TECH), Traku 1, LT-01132 Vilnius, Lithuania
Interests: sustainable development in industries; digital economy; Industry 4.0; communication; psychological and social aspects in technology acceptance
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Dear Colleagues,

Although the history of financing for sustainable development began in 2002, many questions and obstacles remain to be answered on the way to SDG17. Many financing instruments and solutions can be seen at the national level, without which achieving sustainable development goals on a global scale is unimaginable. However, at the business level, there is a need for advanced fintech solutions and social acceptance in the area of investing in sustainable development.

This Special Issue contributes to one of the most relevant topics nowadays—the financing of sustainable development—which opens up several approaches. First, fintech can be treated as an intermediate and necessary solution with which to achieve sustainable development; therefore, investments in fintech can sometimes be equated with investments in sustainable development. Second, companies become competitive and attractive in the market by correctly allocating and directing investments. A purposefully developing company, constantly looking for correct investment solutions, becomes an essential auxiliary tool with which to achieve the SDG17 goals.

We encourage you to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting your research, comprehensive reviews, or empirical studies addressing the fostering of advances in investment for sustainable development and focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics: 

  • SDG;
  • Investment for sustainable development;
  • Financing for sustainable development;
  • Assessment of sustainability;
  • Indicators for sustainable development;
  • Sustainable development index;
  • Digital economy;
  • Circular economy;
  • Smart sustainable cities;
  • Baltic region;
  • OECD countries;
  • EU structural funds;
  • FDI;
  • Budget assignations;
  • Risk management;
  • Technology and social acceptance;
  • Stakeholders’ engagement;
  • Societial challenges adressed by fintech;
  • Cybersecurity;
  • Psychological and social implications of technology acceptance;
  • Fintech in industries;
  • Communication and visualization;
  • Social innovation;
  • Co-creation;
  • Citizen science;
  • Crowdfunding.

Prof. Dr. Indrė Lapinskaitė
Dr. Kristina Kovaitė
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • SDG
  • digital economy
  • circular economy
  • EU structural funds
  • FDI
  • budget assignations
  • risk management
  • cybersecurity
  • fintech in industries
  • social innovation
  • crowdfunding

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Investigating Acceptance of Digital Asset and Crypto Investment Applications Based on the Use of Technology Model (UTAUT2)
by Dian Palupi Restuputri, Figo Bimaraka Refoera and Ilyas Masudin
FinTech 2023, 2(3), 388-413; https://doi.org/10.3390/fintech2030022 - 28 Jun 2023
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In recent years, cryptocurrency has increased in popularity in Indonesia. In Indonesia, based on data from the Ministry of Trade (Kemendag), until the end of May 2021, the number of investors in cryptocurrency assets or crypto money was 6.5 million people. This number [...] Read more.
In recent years, cryptocurrency has increased in popularity in Indonesia. In Indonesia, based on data from the Ministry of Trade (Kemendag), until the end of May 2021, the number of investors in cryptocurrency assets or crypto money was 6.5 million people. This number has increased by more than 50 percent when compared to 2020 when there were 4 million people. The Pintu application is the first crypto mobile application in Indonesia that is committed to solving crypto investment problems, especially for beginners and ordinary people. Even though it provides benefits, investing in cryptocurrency can provide high profits. In an instant, it can also make a profit. The motion, which is like a roller coaster, requires strong mental readiness to invest in cryptocurrencies. This should also be a critical consideration for investors, especially young investors. Therefore, it is necessary to understand what factors contribute to building stronger attitudes and behavioral intentions toward the PINTU application. This research analyzes the data using the use of technology 2 method with the partial least square (PLS) analysis technique method, which will later be processed in the form of data results in the form of responses of the user when using the application. Facilitating conditions and social influence are the most influential indicators. The results of the study show that behavioral intention to adopt has a relationship with behavioral intention to recommend, and behavioral intention to adopt positively and significantly influences the intention to recommend. Full article
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The Policies, Practices, and Challenges of Digital Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development: The Case of the Developing Economy
by Godfred Anakpo, Zizipho Xhate and Syden Mishi
FinTech 2023, 2(2), 327-343; https://doi.org/10.3390/fintech2020019 - 1 Jun 2023
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Globally, over 1.4 billion adult people remain unbanked. This worrisome phenomenon was exacerbated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which further created a new dimension of inequality in accessing financial services. Digital financial inclusion promises to be an effective tool for addressing [...] Read more.
Globally, over 1.4 billion adult people remain unbanked. This worrisome phenomenon was exacerbated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which further created a new dimension of inequality in accessing financial services. Digital financial inclusion promises to be an effective tool for addressing this socioeconomic ill and propelling economic development. Given the limited studies on the subject in the context of developing economies, it is imperative to understand the existing policies, practices, and barriers to digital financial inclusion in developing economies so as to provide cutting-edge interventions for redress. It is against this background that this study seeks to address the following research questions: (1) What is the state of digital financial inclusion in the developing economy? (2) What are the policies and practices regarding digital financial inclusion in the developing economy? (3) What are the barriers to digital financial inclusion and innovative interventions for redress? Findings reveal that about 44% of the adult population in developing countries does not have access to financial services, with only a few countries that have made significant progress and gains through policy and practice, such as mobile financial services, mobile money interoperability, native connectivity, human capital development, and the digitalization of public services for digital financial inclusion. Our findings also identify challenges and implications with recommendations, which are discussed in detail in this paper. Full article
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Market Crashes and Time-Translation Invariance
by Simon Gluzman
FinTech 2023, 2(2), 221-247; https://doi.org/10.3390/fintech2020014 - 27 Mar 2023
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The general framework for quantitative technical analysis of market prices is revisited and extended. The concept of a global time-translation invariance and its spontaneous violation and restoration is introduced and discussed. We find that different temporal patterns leading to some famous crashes (e.g., [...] Read more.
The general framework for quantitative technical analysis of market prices is revisited and extended. The concept of a global time-translation invariance and its spontaneous violation and restoration is introduced and discussed. We find that different temporal patterns leading to some famous crashes (e.g., bubbles, hockey sticks, etc.) exhibit analogous probabilistic distributions found only in the time series for the stock market indices. A number of examples of crashes are presented. We stress that our goal here is to study the crash as a particular phenomenon created by spontaneous time-translation symmetry breaking/restoration. We ask only “how to calculate and interpret the probabilistic pattern which we encounter in the day preceding crash, and how to calculate the typical market reactions to shock?”. Full article
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The Role of FinTech in Sustainable Healthcare Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Narrative Review
by Edgar Cambaza
FinTech 2023, 2(3), 444-460; https://doi.org/10.3390/fintech2030025 - 10 Jul 2023
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This narrative review explores the potential of FinTech in promoting sustainable healthcare development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), focusing on the role of blockchain, crowdfunding, digital payments, and machine learning. The review also highlights the potential barriers to FinTech adoption in SSA, including limited [...] Read more.
This narrative review explores the potential of FinTech in promoting sustainable healthcare development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), focusing on the role of blockchain, crowdfunding, digital payments, and machine learning. The review also highlights the potential barriers to FinTech adoption in SSA, including limited access to technology, regulatory challenges, and cultural factors, and proposes potential solutions, such as capacity building and increased financial investment. Additionally, the review discusses the ethical and social implications of FinTech in healthcare development, including privacy, data security, equity, and accessibility. The main findings suggest that FinTech has the potential to significantly improve healthcare delivery and financing in SSA, particularly in the areas of information sharing, healthcare financing, and healthcare delivery models. However, addressing the barriers to FinTech adoption and mitigating the ethical and social implications will be essential to realizing the full potential of FinTech in healthcare development in the region. The review recommends future research and development in this area, and highlights the potential for FinTech to promote sustainable and equitable healthcare development in SSA. Full article
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