Blended program

Driving Innovative Finance for Impact

Develop organizational capacity for innovative finance transitions in fragile settings.

Blended program

Driving Innovative Finance for Impact

Develop organizational capacity for innovative finance transitions in fragile settings.

Location Online/liVe virtual and on campus

Length 3 weeks online/liVe Virtual and 2 days on campus

Fee CHF 2,500

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Developing organizational capacity for innovative finance transactions in fragile settings

Innovative finance for humanitarian impact requires a new set of skills for all involved, including financial expertise, change management and partnership building. To develop new ways of working, collaboration between humanitarian and development actors, corporates and investors and access to their respective skill sets, will be key.

Driving Innovative Finance for Impact program develops your organizational capacity to lead innovative finance transactions in the humanitarian and development space. You will identify high-impact value opportunities for your organization and gain all the necessary tools and skills to successfully manage and execute innovative financing transactions.

You will leave the program fully equipped to work across the public and private sectors, set up and manage deal teams combined with a rich network of committed practitioners.

Identify strategic opportunities

Identify strategic opportunities in your organization and across the ecosystem.

Overcome challenges

Understand the challenges to manage the execution of an innovative finance deal.

Mobilize stakeholders

Learn how to mobilize and manage internal and external stakeholders.

Deliver innovative finance at scale

Identify organizational readiness and best practices to deliver innovative finance for humanitarian impact at scale.

Join a growing community

Become part of a peer network and access a growing community of practitioners and leaders in this space.

You and your class

The program is ideal for executives from humanitarian and other international organizations, those working in the philanthropic and development sectors, and forward-looking corporations active in frontier markets and fragile settings.

The typical participant profile includes:

  • Senior humanitarian and international managers
  • Senior corporate professionals from diverse industries working in or expanding into fragile settings/frontier markets
  • Senior advisors working in the philanthropic, impact investment and development sector
  • Senior ODA officials in government and development institutions

As humanitarian needs expand due to conflict and fragility, scaling game-changing financial models will be essential to improve people’s lives in fragile situations and bring hope to future generations.

Peter Maurer President, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland

An investment mindset and organizational capacity are the critical ingredients for international organizations to unlock the power of innovative finance in fragile settings and beyond. We are excited to help incubate this new IMD program, which will mainstream innovative finance by providing the necessary training so that senior executives can translate potential into deals and results.

Dr Maximilian Martin Global Head of Philanthropy, Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA, Switzerland
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Benefit from hands-on learning with a strong focus on case studies

IMD’s Driving Innovative Finance for Impact program is the only outcome-oriented training program available for senior managers and sector specialists with global and local responsibilities. It combines liVe virtual sessions, self-paced learning, expert coaching plus face-to-face learning at the IMD campus.

You will enjoy cutting-edge content and learning materials together with our network of partners including ICRC, Lombard Odier and the World Economic Forum. The program provides practical, hands-on learning with a strong focus on case studies and unique content from partners and guest speakers from the Humanitarian and Resilience Investing Initiative network.

Each module provides practical takeaways and you will finish the program with identified “deals” to be piloted or financed.

Unique content from partners and speakers
Coaching and group debriefing
Practical takeaways
Rich network of committed practitioners
Your learning journey
Module 1 – Mapping your challenge: pipeline generation

Online

Identify strategic focus areas for growth and legacy activities that could be financed differently – internal analysis and priorities.

Module 2 – Understanding Financial Mechanisms: the role of hard skills

Online

Example of topics covered:
– Established financial asset classes: bonds, notes, loans.
– Risk mitigation mechanisms: subsidies, insurance, advance market commitments, guarantees, anticipatory finance.

Module 3 – Designing an impact thesis & market building: the role of soft skills

Online

Example of topics covered:
– Established financial asset classes: bonds, notes, loans.
– Risk mitigation mechanisms: subsidies, insurance, advance market commitments, guarantees, anticipatory finance.

Module 4 – The Journey: Live Case with ICRC

On campus (2 days)

– Case practical analysis: Build the transaction.
– Launching the investment and reporting requirements.
– The road ahead – future proposals.
– Coalition building.

Meet your Program Director

Professor Vanina Farber

Meet your Program Director

Professor Vanina Farber

Benefit from faculty expertise and research

Vanina Farber is an economist and political scientist specializing in social innovation, corporate social responsibility and sustainable finance with more than 20 years of consultancy, research and teaching experience, working with academic institutions, multinational corporations and international organizations. She is Dean of our Executive MBA and elea Professor for Social Innovation.

Farber’s research is focused on studying and fostering the application of innovative, practical, sustainable, and inclusive market-oriented approaches that aspire to change the world by eliminating the root causes of social ills. Her research focuses on social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and impact investing, and ESG Integration/sustainable finance. She seeks to understand the social innovation environment through a holistic approach that examines both the supply (entrepreneurs and corporates) and demand side (social but also investors) of social innovation.

Driving Innovative Finance for Impact – Steering Committee

Innovative finance is an emerging field with tremendous promise to improve development outcomes in fragile settings and beyond. Ensuring the course’s continuous focus on real-world problem solving is our ambition. The course’s dedicated Steering Committee convenes on a regular basis to source innovations, new case applications, and otherwise relevant emerging practice and research.

Program partners

IMD network of partners includes ICRC, Lombard Odier and the World Economic Forum. This program has been incubated and co-funded by Fondation Lombard Odier and is offered at a special reduced fee.

Next start & fee

Length: 3-week online/liVe virtual and 2 days on campus.

Tuition, teaching materials, and lunch are included.
All fees quoted are exclusive of any value-added or other indirect taxes that may be due in any country.
IMD reserves the right to modify the program dates, location, and fee at any time.

One step closer to joining the IMD Alumni Network

This program will bring you closer to achieving your IMD Alumni Status. Get ready to become part of our exclusive network of global business leaders.

One step closer to joining the IMD Alumni Network

This program will bring you closer to achieving your IMD Alumni Status. Get ready to become part of our exclusive network of global business leaders.

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