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Creating Better Structures for Better Resiliency

21 Oct 20 -

Convergence is proud to have been selected to participate in this year's SOCAP Virtual Conference, taking place October 19 - 23. This year, our session is on Creating Better Structures for Better Resiliency and takes place on Wednesday, October 21, from 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm EST. .

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The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for a host of different reasons, none of which will be solved without greater private capital flowing towards development projects in developing countries. Blended finance is a structuring approach that has proven to invite diverse investors, foster multi-stakeholder collaboration and mobilize greater capital towards the environment and social impact. But, it has yet to generate a consistent stream of transactions that attract institutional money, so the billions-to-trillions goal remains tantalizingly out of reach. How do we get there to realize our goals this decade of impact?

This interactive session will explore the role of blended finance in mobilizing capital towards developing projects, while enabling cooperation, collaboration and multi-stakeholder engagement. We’ll kick-off with a sweeping view of the field, noting some of the innovative, scalable, blended transactions that have hit the global market, and review the mandates of the catalytic and commercial actors in these deals. Then, participants will then break out into small group sessions, each focused on a recently closed or live blended transaction led by one of the participants of that transaction to deep-dive into the:

  • Structuring

  • Terms and negotiation points of each player in the deal

  • Fundraising strategy used by deal sponsors seeking catalytic and commercial capital and, how they overcame inherent barriers

  • Tension between innovation and standardization


Joan Larrea, Chief Executive Officer, Convergence

Safia Gulamani, Associate Director, Client Services, Convergence

Adhiti Gupta, Manager, Market Acceleration and Design Funding, Convergence

Ayesha Bery, Associate, Content, Convergence

Kevin Bender, Director, Africa Debt Conversions, The Nature Conservancy

Zach Knight, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Forest Conservation

Georges Beukering, Director – Head of Capital Raising & Business Development, Climate Fund Managers