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Innovative Finance for Development (IF4D): Trainings and Roundtables

Innovative Finance for Development (IF4D)
Trainings and Roundtables

Demystifying Innovative Finance for Development: Learn in context and build real connections

October 24-25, 2017

REGISTER NOW - If you work for an InterAction member organization and are interested in attending this free training, please contact Ben Bestor for more information.

This two-day training will work to demystify innovative finance for InterAction members as they look to navigate and engage more deeply in this new marketplace. The content has been tailored to a broad audience of decision-makers and implementers with different levels of understanding and experience with IF4D.

The training will address the following issues:

  • What is innovative finance? Demystify IF4D by gaining a better understanding of finance mechanisms.
  • Discover the extent to which your peers and competitors are applying IF4D to support their strategy. Learn from the challenges other INGOs have faced and how they have responded.
  • Determine *if* and how IF4D may be a tool to achieve your objectives.
  • Assess your organizational readiness: Is your staff & leadership ready? Is your funding lined up? Understand the cost and opportunities associated with utilizing new tools.

The training will be facilitated by Bulbul Gupta, who has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, innovative finance, USAID, and international development, as an implementer, funder, investor, and advisor to family offices. Each day will include short lectures and/or a combination of panels and presentations, group work to discuss concepts, and case studies to dig into existing deals, from beginning to end.

Previous Event Highlights

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.