‘Blended Finance’ Of Pooled Public, Private Funds Can Support SDGs, Report Says

Bloomberg: ‘Blended Finance’ Could Lift Sustainable Development by $1 Trillion
“An additional $1 trillion could be found for the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals if development banks focus on making investments digestible for private pools of capital. That’s according to a report by the Blended Finance Taskforce released Tuesday at the annual World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland. The mix of public and private capital is dubbed ‘blended finance’…” (Hirtenstein, 1/23).

Devex: The Business and Sustainable Development Commission says goodbye as it highlights blended finance
“…The work of the commission will continue through a number of avenues. Those include spin-off initiatives, such as the Blended Finance Task Force, which is working to mobilize large scale private capital to invest in the SDGs, and the Food and Land Use Coalition, which seeks to define global targets for food and land use systems and find ways to achieve them. … The Blended Finance Task Force was in the spotlight Tuesday as it released a consultation paper examining blended finance, the opportunities for growth, and the barriers that prevent further mobilization of private capital for the SDGs…” (Saldinger, 1/24).

The Guardian: ‘Blended’ finance is key to achieving global sustainability goals, says report
“…[T]he Business and Sustainable Development Commission found that private sector investors could take advantage of blended finance to gain access to rapidly growing markets in the developing world. … In its report, the taskforce found that there was great fragmentation across the market and called for public and private investors to pool their resources to create more giant funds, worth more than £1bn each, to take over from the smaller funds, of about $100m in size, which currently dominate the blended finance landscape…” (Harvey, 1/23).

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