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Innovative Finance for Development (IF4D): Trainings, Webinars, and Roundtables

Innovative Finance for Development (IF4D)
Trainings, Webinars, and Roundtables

Upcoming Events

Innovative Finance for Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Resilience

Monday, June 25, 2018

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern Time

This webinar will explore current and potential applications of innovative financing mechanisms in agriculture, including concessional loans, quasi-equity investment products, guarantees and other risk mitigation mechanisms (i.e. insurance schemes), results-based financing mechanisms (pay-for-performance, impact bonds), and blended finance investment funds. We will learn about what these mechanisms are, how they work, how they have been applied, and what has been or could be the role of INGOs. We will then hear from INGO partners and USAID about some of the challenges and lessons learned. Please contact Ben Bestor for more information.

 

Innovative Finance in Fragile Contexts

Mid-July 2018 (date and time TBC)

This webinar will explore current and potential applications of innovative financing mechanisms in fragile contexts, including loans, equity, guarantees, results-based financing and blended finance mechanisms. We will learn about what these mechanisms are, how they work, how they have been applied (or how they could be applied, borrowing from other sectors) and what has been or could be the role of INGOs. We will then hear from several INGO and private sector partners about some of the challenges and lessons learned. Please contact Ben Bestor for more information.

 

M&E and Impact Assessment in Innovative Finance

September 2018 (date and time TBC)

This workshop will surface the gaps and overlaps between robust M&E and impact assessment for traditional grant-financed INGO work, and M&E and impact assessment models for innovative financing mechanisms. INGO staff will be joined by members of private sector organizations. This workshop will seek to answer questions such as: Where are the gaps between private sector and INGOs approaches to M&E, and what should we focus on? Where do INGO and private sector values and expectations of impact measurement align? And what are the implications for cross-learning to improve M&E and impact measurement practices? Please contact Ben Bestor for more information.

 

Previous Event Highlights

Impact Investing for INGOs: This webinar introduced participants to a variety of impact investing instruments and how they work, and provided definitions and a framework for thinking about them. Alexis Bonnell, Divsion Chief of Applied Innovation and Acceleration at USAID, discussed how INGOs can engage with USAID on matters related to impact investing. Chris Walker, Social Innovations Director at Mercy Corps, presented on Social Venture Fund, Mercy Corps' seed-stage impact investment fund. Both Alexis and Chris addressed challenges with impact investing, how to assess impact, and lessons learned for other INGOs exploring similar financing mechanisms. WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE.

What is results-based financing?: This webinar introduced the concept of results-based financing, and explained how different instruments work and how they might be used (with a focus on performance-based contracts and impact bonds). Management Sciences for Health, Village Enterprise, and Global Communities presented practical examples of how they are using results-based financing to improve program delivery and how their transactions are structured. Presenters also discussed challenges, lessons learned, and implications for other organizations exploring these types of mechanisms. WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE.

Innovative Finance for Development Training: Learn in context and build real connections (October 24-25, 2017): This two-day training helped to demystify innovative finance for InterAction members as they look to navigate and engage more deeply in this new marketplace. The content was tailored to a broad audience of decision-makers and implementers with different levels of understanding and experience with IF4D. The training addressed issues such as: how INGOs can use IF4D tools to achieve their objectives; understanding the costs and opportunities associated with utilizing IF4D tools; discovering the extent to which peer organizations and competitors are using IF4D to support their strategies; and learning from the challenges other INGOs have faced and how they have responded. Each day included a mixture of short lectures, panel discussions, group work to discuss concepts, and case studies to dig into existing deals, from beginning to end. Click on the following to view the slides from Day 1 and Day 2 of the training.

InterAction Forum June 2017: Executives and general Forum attendees alike learned about the latest advances and challenges in innovative finance for development. The Demystify Innovative Finance breakout session presented results from InterAction’s research on the innovative finance activities of InterAction member organizations, and included a moderated discussion between innovative finance implementers and experts. In the CEO Track InterAction member executives were likewise presented with these research results, with the objective of understanding how some INGOs are applying innovative finance. The CEO-only session included a moderated discussion with an INGO and a private sector representative highlighted how they engaged in developing an instrument from ideation to evaluation.

Innovative Finance for Development Training (May 24-25, 2017): The first of a series of trainings and roundtables, this expertly-facilitated training included short lectures on innovative finance instruments, group work to apply design approaches for IF4D, and case studies to diagnose existing IF4D deals. Leaders from government and the private sector attended sessions on learning from the industry’s track record and understanding the incentives and motivations of investors and stakeholders. Click on the following to view the slides from Day 1 and Day 2 of the training.