Convergence Blended Finance Training

13 May 2019 - World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street NW, Washington DC, 20037

For the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to succeed more financing must be unlocked. The developing world alone faces an annual investment gap of approximately $2.5 trillion dollars.

With traditional development aid from public and philanthropic sources increasing modestly, blended finance is being looked at as the solution to unlocking capital for the SDGs. By using catalytic capital from public and philanthropic sources, to crowd-in private sector investment in developing countries, blended finance has the potential to result in as much as a ten-fold increase in investment. The SDGs also present a large investment opportunity for the private sector, who can seek attractive returns by investing in well-structured blended finance transactions on the right terms. Based on our data, blended finance has already mobilized over $125 billion of capital towards sustainable development in developing countries.

For blended finance to make a material difference towards the SDGs, diverse stakeholders such as commercial investors, development agencies, impact investors, philanthropic foundations and development finance institutions, must develop a strong understanding of both the theory and practice behind this collaborative approach. As the global network for blended finance, Convergence has unique insights on each stakeholder and the various factors that unlock their participation. In designing this training program, we have leveraged our experience, data, and network to create a practical and actionable blended finance training curriculum.

Program Structure

The one-day training will include presentations, lectures and case studies by Convergence and third-party facilitators. The training will be interactive and directly engage and involve participants in the learning process.

The modules and agenda are designed to enable participants to uncover answers to the following questions:

  • What is blended finance and how can it be deployed strategically?
  • What does the blended finance ecosystem look like? Who are the various participants and what is their level of activity?
  • What are the key components of a blended finance transaction?
  • What are the various financial instruments that are commonly observed in blended finance structures?
  • How can development capital providers and private investors work together in order to create financial transactions that reflect each other’s criteria?
  • What are some instructive examples of transactions that have successful adopted this approach to crowd-in private capital for development?

Who should attend?

This training has been created for program and operational staff at commercial investment firms, development agencies, impact investing organizations, philanthropic foundations and development finance institutions/multi-lateral development banks.

The training will provide participants with an intermediate understanding of blended finance. It is recommended that participants already have basic knowledge of the topic. Following the training, participants will have a working knowledge of how to make sense of and implement blended finance transactions and frameworks within their respective organizations

Information & Registration

Cost of attendance is $2000 per person. The training has limited space to ensure a personal, intensive and practice-driven learning experience. Please contact [email protected] to register or if you require any additional information.