Blended Finance

Blended Finance Programs

“Blended Finance is the strategic use of development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilize private capital flows to emerging and frontier markets. (It) represents an opportunity to drive significant new capital flows into high-impact sectors, while effectively leveraging private sector expertise….”

OECD / World Economic Forum, 2015

Our Program Scope

At Social Finance Academy, we educate impact investors, social entrepreneurs and public & philanthropic funders to successfully attract and deploy capital for scaling positive impact. We are specialized in all aspects of innovative & blended finance and run targeted education formats for different types of funders, for example:

  • Executive Programs on Impact Investing & Blended Finance (e.g. for development agencies & foundations, or for investors, asset managers & banks)
  • (In-house) Blended Finance Workshops & Trainings

If you are interested in upcoming trainings, please contact us at or  register to stay tuned!


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IIBF Executive Programs

“Impact Investment & Blended Finance for Development Agencies & Foundations” (IIBF) Executive Program

The Social Finance Academy – with our partners the University of Zurich Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) and Convergence – ran this executive program first-time in 2018, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Based on excellent feedback by participants, we offer this program permanently. It is targeted at develop­ment agencies, public or multi­lateral organizations as well as foundations with a focus on international development. In the meantime, the program is available in 2- or 3-day versions and different regions. More information on upcoming iterations below.

Starting 2020, the program will move under the roof of the newly established Initiative for Blended Finance at the University of Zurich.


IIBF 3-Day Programs

The 3-day program typically takes place at its home base: the University of Zurich Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth, in Zurich (Switzerland). In addition to several core lectures by highly experienced, engaged and renowned speakers, this format features a multitude of live cases and guest speakers to add as much “flesh to the bone” as possible. Our goal: to inspire impact investment and blended finance beginners to become active practitioners.

Coming next:

(1) IIBF Zurich, September 9 to 11, 2020

Fr more information, please check out the flyer for our 2020 iteration. If you would like to secure your seat early and in a binding way, please go to the University of Zurich CSP application link and add “IIBF September 2020” in the comment section of the form. The early-bird rate of CHF 3,350 applies until April 30, 2020. The regular program fee is CHF 3,950. Core speakers, target groups, program goals and content design will follow in the footsteps of our highly successful 2019 iteration.

In case you would rather like to express your general, non-binding interest in our IIBF programs, please feel free to stay tuned for more information.


IIBF 2-Day Programs

In June 2019, we piloted this shorter 2-day version together with UNDP Egypt, again with our program partners the University of Zurich CSP and Convergence. This training received excellent ratings, which encouraged us to offer this 2-day format permanently. The main difference to the 3-day program is a stronger focus on the IIBF core lectures and a smaller number of live cases (typically 2). Our goal: to cater to participants who need to be more time- and budget-conscious but are still eager to get on top of the latest, practice-driven blended finance knowledge.

Coming next:

(2) IIBF Jordan, November 25 to 26, 2019

We recently partnered with UNDP Jordan to offer this regional 2-day IIBF program in Amman, Jordan. For more information, please check out the IIBF Jordan 2019 flyer below. Please don’t register anymore, this iteration is fully booked!


(3) IIBF Zurich, May 14 to 15, 2020

This is our regular 2-day program iteration held in Zurich, Switzerland. You can find the program outline and a tentative agenda in our  IIBF Zurich May 2020 flyer. If you would like to participate, please submit your application for the 2020 iteration here by adding “IIBF May 2020” in the comment section of the form. The early-bird fee is CHF 2,450 per participant and expires on January 31, 2020. The regular program fee is CHF 2,950.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our growing community of Blended Finance enthusiasts!


Training Impressions

Here are some impressions from the 2018 IIBF 3-day program in Zurich (video)


Training Testimonials



IIBF in the News

Featured on NextBillion: “A Recipe for Change: Can Blended Finance Help Trigger an ‘Impact Revolution’?” (by Christina Moehrle, Social Finance Academy & Roots of Impact)


Curated Resources

Inspired to get a quick start into the topic of Blended Finance? Here are some recommended readings: