INVITATION: Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries

  • November 01, 2018

  • New York, United States

  • What:

    Launch of the report ‘Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries’

  • When:

    5 November 2018,

    9:30am - 11:00am

    A light breakfast will be served at 09:00 am

  • Where:

    United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 11

  • Who:


UNCDF is pleased to invite you to the launch of its flagship report “Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries” at the United Nations Headquarters on 5 November 2018.

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Three years after the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there is a consensus that public and private finance will both be needed—at scale—to meet the SDGs. Blended finance is receiving increasing attention for its potential to maximize the catalytic impact of concessional finance by sharing risks or lowering costs to adjust risk–return profiles for private investors. This works to crowd in private or commercial capital for SDG-related investments that would otherwise be overlooked.

Still, to date there has been limited evidence of where, how, why, and in which sectors blended approaches are being deployed in LDCs; what are the opportunities and challenges with blended strategies; and under which conditions blended finance is best applied.

The report ‘Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries’ - prepared by UNCDF in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals, Convergence and the United Nations Foundation - aims to help fill in these gaps.

Through a rich evidence base, data analysis, and detailed case studies, the report explores how to implement and adapt blended finance approaches to LDCs to maximize their effectiveness in crowding in private capital while minimizing risks. The report also proposes an Action Agenda to guide decision-makers in their blended finance approaches.

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09:30 - Welcome
Judith Karl
Executive Secretary, UNCDF
09:35 - Opening remarks
Achim Steiner
Administrator, UNDP

H.E. Ambassador Masud Bin Momen
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations

Christopher MacLennan
Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada
09:55 - Presentation of key findings
Sam Choritz and Simona Santoro, UNCDF and Irene Basile, OECD
10:05 - Panel discussion and moderated Q&A with audience

Martin Spicer
Director, Blended Finance Department, IFC

Robin Ogilvy
Special Representative to the United Nations, OECD

Jukka Pihlman
Managing Director, Global Head, Central Banks & Sovereign Funds, Standard Chartered

Shari Spiegel
Chief, Policy Analysis & Development Branch, Financing for Development Office, UN-DESA

Christopher Clubb
Managing Director, Convergence

Patricia Ojangole
Managing Director, Uganda Development Bank


Minh-Thu Pham
Executive Director for Policy, UN Foundation
10:55 - Concluding remarks
Judith Karl
Executive Secretary, UNCDF

For more information please contact:

Simona Santoro
Policy Specialist, UNCDF

INVITATION: Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries

5 Nov 2018 @ 9:30am - 11:00am

Launch of the report ‘Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries’