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Innovative Finance for Development: Overview

Innovative Finance for Development

Approaches to financing for international development have been changing rapidly. International development partners are looking beyond aid to private finance and new forms of development cooperation. Over the last decade, innovative finance for international development and humanitarian programs (IF4D) has expanded, and more and more international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are making strategic decisions, or contemplating such decisions, to adopt innovative finance alongside more traditional approaches to their programs and operations.

To support the growing number of NGOs exploring innovative financing opportunities, InterAction produced a report that explains key IF4D instruments and how they have been, or can be, used. It is intended for a broad audience but highlights the role of NGOs in implementing IF4D instruments in order to increase the information available to NGOs and to help inform their decision-making about these new financing approaches. The report is the culmination of an InterAction project, supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, to explore the state of IF4D across InterAction’s membership and to develop resources for its members and the broader international relief and development community.

The report’s contents are a direct response to the stated learning and resource needs of NGOs, as identified by respondents in a survey of InterAction’s membership to understand their experiences with IF4D. NGOs highlighted the need for significant support in understanding how different instruments work and identifying the “right fit” instrument. The report directly addresses this learning need for NGOs.

Visit the Research & Learning page for more on this report and key findings from our survey of InterAction's membership.

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