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„Impact Investment & Blended Finance for Development Agencies & Foundations“ (IIBF)

Our next program takes place on September 8 to 10, 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland, as an in-person event! The program is booked out, but you can apply for our waiting list. If you have any questions, please reach out to Christina Moehrle (Education Lead): cmoehrle@roots-of-impact.org  (we will closely oberserve COVID-related restrictions and inform about any changes on this site).

Together with our program partners Roots of Impact, Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) at the University of Zurich and Convergence we run an actionable, practice-driven executive program that has received excellent feedbacks to date.

The program aims at empowering public, philanthropic and private sector funders to collaborate effectively to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. A special ingredient are solutions that demonstrate how to enable high-impact enterprises with market-based solutions to scale and deliver positive impact in a sustainable way – a bottom-up approach. Our more than 100 IIBF alumni to date come from major donor organisations across the globe, e.g. UNDP, USAID, SDC/DEZA, GIZ, Global Affairs Canada, IFC, SECO as well as renowned foundations or NGOs such as UNICEF, Shell Foundation, Aqua for All, and Refugee Investment Network.

IIBF typically runs as an open program (based upon application) at its home base at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. It is also offered as a client-specific iteration in selected locations (e.g. 2 previous program runs for UNDP Egypt and UNDP Jordan). IIBF was designed and implemented based on the experience of close to 50 in-house trainings offered and held by our program partner Roots of Impact since 2017. In addition, it builds on the extensive academic and practical expertise of our program partners Convergence and the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP).

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The IIBF Zurich Programs

IIBF September 2021 Program Flyer

September 2021

IIBF 2021 Flyer Cover

IIBF 2021 Program Focus

IIBF Program Focus

IIBF Target Groups

First piloted in 2018, our IIBF programs can generally be shaped towards two different target groups:

(1) Executives from develop­ment agencies, public or multi­lateral organizations as well as foundations with a focus on international development (i.e. catalytic and concessional capital providers). This is the IIBF program that we currently run in Zurich.

(2) Institutional and private investors engaged in sustainable finance and impact investing, including investment advisors, development finance institutions and impact finance intermediaries (i.e. commercial capital providers).

IIBF Testimonials

IIBF 2021 Speakers & Guests

> Karen E. Wilson, Finance for Sustainable Development DCD / OECD

> Jeremy Nicholls, Professor Staffordshire University / Lead Conceptional Frameworks, Impact Management Project (IMP)

> Bjoern Struewer, Founder & CEO, Roots of Impact / Initiative Lead, Initiative for Blended Finance at the University of Zurich

> Aakif Merchant, Manager Training & Engagement, Convergence

> Taeun Kwon, Research Lead on Blended Finance, Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich

> Jed Emerson, Global Lead of Impact Investing, Tiedemann Advisors

> Pablo Santaeufemia, Co-Founder & CEO, Bridge for Billions

> Enrique Alvarado Hablutzel, Partner & Networks Development, Bamboo Capital Partners

> Greg Krupa, CEO & Founder, Novulis

> Katie Naeve, Director of Impact & Partnerships, Root Capital

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For a binding registration to one of the upcoming program iterations, please go to this application link

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IIBF Program Video (2018)