Achieving a global transition to net zero, and doing so in a way that is fair and inclusive, requires a re-thinking of the global financial structure. Among the needed changes, highlighted most recently at COP27 and the Africa Climate Summit, is an increase in the availability of high-quality and innovative blended finance mechanisms enabling more private capital to support fair and inclusive decarbonisation pathways in emerging markets and developing economies.
Despite the increase in blended finance deals over the last decades, achieving this goal requires breaking down the silos between catalytic funders – such as development finance institutions and foundations and institutional investors. Catalytic funders seeking to mobilise private capital may not have the full picture of the legal and operational requirements of institutional investors, while institutional investors may have key transactional limitations that donors are not equipped to forecast and design for.
This hybrid event, hosted by the Impact Investing Institute and Chemonics UK, seeks to bridge gaps by sharing live examples and fostering dialogue and exchange. The event aims to support more institutional investors to understand and access catalytic funding opportunities, and help catalytic funders better understand the barriers faced by institutional investors, and how their contributions may thus be designed for higher capital mobilisation. It will also mark the launch of a new guide by the Impact Investing Institute on using catalytic capital for a global just transition, which has been supported by grant funding from the Catalytic Capital Consortium (comprising the MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Omidyar Networks).
The event will focus on blended finance for a just transition, providing insights into the challenges and potential solutions within blended finance. What is more, since just transition finance considers a triple bottom line, in which social and environmental targets are distinct drivers, the lessons from these considerations stand to benefit a broader range of investors considering impact investments.
Hybrid: in-person and livestreamed
16:00-16:05 – Welcome: Louise Quy, Managing Director, Chemonics
16:05-16:45 – Panel discussion and audience Q&A
- Kieron Boyle, CEO, Impact Investing Institute
- Amar Inamdar PHD, Managing Director, KawiSafi Ventures
- Sophia Omar, Programme Manager, Impact Investing Institute
- Tara Sabre Collier, Director of Impacting Investing and Sustainable Finance, Chemonics UK; Visiting Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford
16:45-17:25 – Deep-dive breakout groups
Group 1: Catalytic instruments for a just transition
Group 2: Climate Finance for Development Accelerator
Group 3: Opportunities for partnerships with local investors
17:25-17:30 – Concluding thoughts: Kieron Boyle, CEO, Impact Investing Institute; Louise Quy, Managing Director, Chemonics UK
17:30-19:00 – Networking drinks reception
Register on the link below for the in-person event.
If you are unable to join the event in-person, we welcome you to register here to join the virtual audience.