This executive panel is designed for public and private sector officials, NGOs, and others interested in blended finance. It will discuss how blended finance can be used to help build back better, safely, and securely to achieve the SDGs, with a particular focus on using blended finance to address the needs of women.
The COVID-19 crisis has set back progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). New attention needs to be paid to building back better in the post-COVID world.
Blended finance is the use of catalytic capital from public or philanthropic sources to increase private sector investment in sustainable development. It has been advocated by the international development community as a tool to help address the estimated USD 2.5 trillion annual SDG funding gap in emerging markets and developing countries.
There are three interrelated areas that will be explored in this executive panel:
- The resources for international assistance to support build-back efforts are limited
- How blended finance can be used to advance gendered-focus investments
- How blended finance can increase opportunities and reduce risk to support financial sector regulators and supervisors balance growth and investment with financial and economic stability