Formed in 2009, the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) is a voluntary organisation of global sovereign wealth funds committed to working together and strengthening the community through dialogue, research and self-assessment and promoting a deeper understanding of sovereign wealth fund activity.

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Our Members

We have more than 30 members from around the globe. All our members endorse the Santiago Principles on a voluntary basis and conform to the definition of a sovereign wealth fund as set out in the Santiago Principles.

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Santiago Principles

The Generally Accepted Principles and Practices (GAPP) for sovereign wealth funds are voluntarily endorsed by all IFSWF members. These Principles known as the Santiago Principles, provide 24 practical items of guidance on appropriate governance and accountability arrangements, and the conduct of investment practices necessary for sound long-term investment procedures. The Principles also aim to promote cross-border investments and the openness and stability of financial systems.

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Every three years we ask our members to reassess their implementation of the Santiago Principles. In 2016, 29 of our members provided a self-assessment for publication. 

The self-assessments are accompanied by an analysis of the documents, highlighting trends in sovereign wealth fund purposes, governance structures and investment practices.

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