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Education Programs

How to Evolve to an Expert in Blended & Innovative Finance

Flagship program

«Impact Investment & Blended Finance for Development Agencies & Foundations» (IIBF)

Our next program takes place from September 6 to 8, 2023 in Zurich, Switzerland, as an in-person event. If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to apply (the application page and flyer will be updated in due time). If have any questions about the program, please reach out to Christina Moehrle (Education Lead): cmoehrle@roots-of-impact.org.

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 feedback 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 160 IIBF alumni to date come from major organisations across the globe, e.g. UNDP, USAID, SDC/DEZA, GIZ, Global Affairs Canada, IFC, SECO, FAO, IFAD, as well as renowned foundations and NGOs such as UNICEF, Shell Foundation, Aqua for All, Danish Red Cross, SOS Children’s Villages International, Fundacion Chile, 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 2022 Program Flyer

September 2021

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IIBF Program Videos

IIBF Target Groups

First piloted in 2018, our IIBF programs can generally be shaped towards two different target groups. Our current IIBF iterations are exclusively targeted at group (1):

(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).

(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

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IIBF 2022 Confirmed Speakers

> Karen E. Wilson, Finance for Sustainable Development DCD, OECD / Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University

> Jeremy Nicholls, Assurance Framework Lead, UNDP SDG Impact Standards

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

> Aakif Merchant, Associate Director Training & Engagement, Convergence

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

> Dr. Falko Patzold, Initiator and Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich / Academic Lead, Initiative for Blended Finance

> Ruben Walker, Founder & CEO, African Clean Energy

> Peter George,

> Shabana Abbas, Innovative Finance Lead, Aqua for All

> Liisa Smits, CEO, Ignitia

IIBF 2021 Impressions

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