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Special Initiatives

In partnership with select donors and funders, Convergence hosts various special initiatives to advance the field of blended finance.

Working Groups and Initiatives

Convergence deploys its blended finance expertise and network to convene organizations in workshops and working groups that pursue specific objectives/improvements for private investment mobilization and blended finance. Learn more about the blended finance special initiatives being led and co-convened by Convergence to increase the quantity and quality of investment in developing countries.

Current

COP 26 Blended Finance Platform
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Convergence have established a group of development-focused organizations to collaborate on blended finance vehicles that can mobilise private investment at scale to Climate and Environment projects aligned to the Paris Agreement, COP 26 and the SDGs. The Climate Blended Finance Working Group will (i) develop and distribute relevant research on blended finance for climate solutions and (ii) seek to identify and support a series of blended finance vehicles that can achieve climate mitigation/adaptation objectives and mobilize private sector investment at scale.
Tri Hita Karana Roadmap for Blended Finance
The Tri Hita Karana (THK) Roadmap for Blended Finance is an international unifying framework for mobilizing additional investment for the SDGs in developing countries, launched by the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) along with partners such as Convergence, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and many others. For more information on the THK Roadmap for Blended Finance, please visit the OECD website here.
Scale Blended Finance
USAID and Convergence have convened a group of development-focused organizations to collaborate on “scale” blended finance vehicles. The Working Group will seek to identify and support a series of blended finance vehicles that can achieve scale. The Working Group will comprise Ministries, development agencies, and philanthropic foundations prepared to consider allocating catalytic (i.e., concessional) capital to blended finance solutions across a range of sectors.

Past

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) Blended Finance
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Convergence, as part of the Tri Hita Karana Mobilization Working Group, have convened impact investors, donors, implementing agencies, social enterprises, financial intermediaries, development banks and investors to explore the use of blended finance in two areas: (1) Repair and maintenance of water infrastructure in rural areas, focusing on projects and business cases for repairing water pumps timely and cost effectively; and (2) Faecal sludge management, comprising emptying, transport, treatment, and re-use of faecal sludge, with particular attention to nature-based solutions.