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How DFIs Deploy Catalytic Capital


DFIs have a long history making catalytic capital investments, to create new commercial markets, leverage additional investors, and achieve other goals. This Brief seeks to understand how DFIs have deployed catalytic capital to date through examining their participation in blended finance transactions.

This Brief is divided into five parts: Part I will review DFI investment activity in the overall blended finance market. Part II provides a deep dive of the deployment of catalytic capital by DFIs, drawing on Tideline’s Pathways to Impact framework. Part III provides an overview of the co-investors of DFIs in blended finance, including when DFIs are investing concessionally and commercially. Part IV outlines the most active DFIs deploying catalytic capital to blended finance transactions and select programs. Part V reflects on opportunities for DFIs to deploy greater volumes of catalytic capital going forward.

C3 is looking forward to engaging with the catalytic capital community in different ways through the coming months. Please sign up to receive updates and announcements through our newsletter, and read about catalytic capital at Impact Alpha. We are eager to build on the work we are doing with partners like Convergence, and welcome dialogue and connections to unlock more catalytic capital and make real progress towards a more just, equitable, and resilient world.

    16 Mar 22
    Data Briefs
    Region Focus
    Global, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa