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 now offer this program permanently. It is targeted at develop­ment agencies, public or multi­lateral organizations as well as foundations with a focus on international development.


IIBF 3-Day Program

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 also features a multitude of live cases and guest speakers to add as much “flesh to the bone” as possible to inspire impact investment and blended finance beginners to become active practitioners. The next iteration takes place on August 28 to 30, 2019, but is sold out since early June.










If you are interested in this 3-day program, please check out this 2019 program flyer. Another iteration is scheduled for September 9 to 11, 2020 in Zurich.

For an early and binding registration, please go to the University of Zurich CSP registration 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 be similar to the 2019 iteration outlined in our 2019 flyer above.

In case you would rather like to express your non-binding interest in our IIBF programs, please feel free to stay tuned for more information. In any case, we are looking forward to welcoming you to one of our program iterations!


IIBF 2-Day Program

In June 2019, we piloted a 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 strong focus on the IIBF core lectures only. Besides running 2-day iterations with local partners for specific regions  (such as the pilot m.a. with UNDP Egypt), we also offer an open 2-day version at our Zurich home base starting in 2020. Here is the program outline. The next open 2-day program is scheduled for May 14 to 15, 2020 in Zurich, Switzerland.

If you are eager to participate, please submit a binding registration for the 2020 iteration 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.


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: