Water-related investments are a prerequisite to deliver on the SDGs, yet financing persistently falls short of investment needs. This report explores the potential role of blended finance in mobilising additional commercial resources to fill that gap.
Agriculture: Mobilising private finance for agri-SME investments through blending (forthcoming)
Based on nine case studies of blended finance solutions in the agricultural sector, this paper analyses the ‘fitness for purpose’ of existing blended finance instruments and initiatives in agriculture. The findings are intended to stimulate action and policy discussion.
Making blended finance work for the SDGs
An assessment of the state and priorities for blended finance as it is being used to support sustainable development in developing countries. This report provides the key concepts and definitions, an overview of actors and instruments, and discusses lessons learned from blending approaches, tracking and data, and monitoring and evaluation.
Putting blended finance to work for gender equality (forthcoming)
A paper on how to use blended finance to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Building on data from the 2020 edition of the Blended Finance Funds and Facilities Survey, key insights are distilled for blended finance policymakers and practitioners.
Making Blended Finance Work for Sustainable Development: The Role of Risk Transfer Mechanisms
While the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) financing gap remains tremendously high, mobilisation from the private sector remains stubbornly low. Mobilising commercial investment at the portfolio level can be an effective way to address the needs of small scale borrowers in developing countries. Risk transfer mechanisms (RTM) can be one effective financial instrument to that effect.
Blended finance evaluation: governance and methodological approaches
An overview of the main methodologies for blended finance evaluation and associated challenges, such as assessing additionality. This paper summarises the findings from a sample of completed evaluations of blended finance operations.