Thursday 08 November 2018 - Friday 09 November 2018

Blended Development Finance and the New Industrial Policy

Jointly organised by the Centre for Finance and Development, the CDC Group, and the Center for Global Development

How Public and Private Institutions Might Work Better Together and Propose Concrete Solutions to Accelerate Effective Development Financing


The conference, jointly organised by Center for Global Development (CGD), the CDC Group (CDC) and the Centre for Finance and Development (CFD) at the Graduate Institute Geneva, is expected to launch needed research, generate productive debate, and foster long-term collaboration across the political and professional spectra.

There are a lot of issues to be tackled to get the private/public financing synergy to succeed. We will discuss the design of financial instruments for blending and how financing can be structured to maximize the development leverage of foreign and domestic funds. We will look for tools that assess whether public blended funds are in fact scaling up, not substituting for, private investment. And we will look for measurement methods to assess the development impact of the investments, both prospectively and retrospectively.

Among the specific questions we have posed to participants are:

  • What lessons does history have for development practitioners today?
  • What are the binding constraints to scale up effective development finance?
  • What types of investments have historically been associated with rapid poverty reduction?
  • What mechanisms can development financiers use to increase the likelihood that their investments are additional and don’t just crowd out the private sector?
  • Which blended finance instruments are best suited to which development objectives?
  • What are the drivers of success in public-private partnerships?
  • How should blended finance be adapted in fragile and conflict-affected states?
  • How can the supply of investment opportunities be increased?
  • How can development impact of private investment be best measured?
  • How can systemic impacts be captured?

The final programme will be available on this website in September 2018.

The 2-day conference will take place on 8-9 November 2018 at the Graduate Institute Geneva, in auditorium Ivan Pictet.


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