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Blended Finance for Health & Education

Convergence

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges in achieving SDGs 3 (Good Health) and 4 (Quality Education). The pre-pandemic estimate of the annual funding gap for health stood at $134 billion, while the pandemic could grow the annual funding gap for education from $148 billion towards $200 billion. Institutional investors generally prefer more mature and commercially viable sectors like finance and energy to health and education, but blended finance can de-risk vehicles and attract investors to these more emergent and fragile sectors.

This brief analyzes the 83 transactions targeting SDG 3 (Good Health) and the 36 transactions targeting SDG 4 (Quality Education) recorded by the Convergence database, representing $15.8 billion and $1.46 billion in total committed financing, respectively. This brief also presents insights from interviews with key stakeholders.

    Date
    12 Jan 22
    Region Focus
    Global
    Sector Focus
    Education, Health
    Sub-Sector Focus
    Adult / Continuing Education, Early Childhood / Primary Education, Education Finance, Family Planning / Maternal Care, Health Services, Pharmaceuticals and Vaccinations, Secondary / Tertiary Education, Workforce Development / Skills Training