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Investing for Development series: What is Innovative Development Finance and what could be the role of investors for impact?


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Investing for Development series: What is Innovative Development Finance and what could be the role of investors for impact?

Investing for Development 1 2021 Speaker Visual Recording

This webinar took place on 12 May 2021 and is the first of a series of EVPA events on Investing for Development.

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What is this webinar about?

Innovative finance mechanisms are more and more needed in view of the challenges ahead. It is estimated that in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), investments of USD 2.5 trillion per year will be required in emerging countries alone. About 35% of annual funding is being bridged by public resources from development (finance) institutions and national governments leaving at least 65 % of the gap that would need to be covered by other, potentially new sources of capital capital. At the same time there is a growing consensus the international development finance community that the challenge is not only about the quantity of capital required but also about ensuring that the capital raised matches local needs, is investing for maximum effective and strengthens local (capital) markets. Innovative financing is about mobilising additional (private) capital and deploying capital more effectively and efficiently.

In view of above challenges, interest in mechanism that blend capital across the spectrum of capital and combine financial instruments in new ways have increased significantly in recent years. And yet, the engagement of European providers of impact capital in initiating developing innovative finance mechanism, using their capital catalytically to mobilise private capital for impact or co-investing with development agencies has remained limited

The objective of this E-Talk is to create more awareness and explore what role the European investing for impact community could play in innovative finance for sustainable development. We provide a brief introduction into the growing field of innovative finance and present recent developments on two selected innovative finance families namely, outcome based finance and structured funds and discuss entry points engagement opportunities for the European investing for impact community.


  1. Introductory remarks:
    Roberta Bosurgi, CEO EVPA – role of mobilizing capital for impact at EVPA
  2. Panel:
    Anja König, Lead EVPA DACH Region & KfW Advisor – Innovative development finance: an introduction
    Jan Martin Witte, Director Global Equity and Funds, KfW
    Paolo Monaco, EBRD – Impact bonds 2.0 Westbank and Gaza youth employment bond
    Milena Bertram, Finance in Motion – 15 years of structured funds – innovations and way forward
  3. Guided panel discussion

EVPA Moderator: Peter Cafferkey

Meet the speakers

Milena Bertram

Milena Bertram - Finance in Motion

Milena Bertram is Director of External Relations and Impact & Sustainability at Finance in Motion, a global impact asset manager specialized in advising innovative blended finance funds with around EUR 2.5 billion in AuM.

Jan Martin Witte

Jan Martin Witte - KfW Development Bank

Jan Martin Witte is Director of the Global Equity and Funds department of KfW Development Bank. As such, he oversees the Bank´s impact investment portfolio globally, with equity investments across ~60 funds and ~25 financial institutions (predominantly microfinance banks), and a total investment volume exceeding EUR 3 billion.

Paolo Monaco

Paolo Monaco - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Paolo is responsible for the EBRD’s business with SMEs and mid-caps in Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and in the Caucasus. He covers both the Advisory and Investment side of the EBRD’s business.

Roberta Bosurgi

Roberta Bosurgi - EVPA

Roberta joined EVPA as CEO in September 2020 from Novartis where she covered international roles in strategy, business operations and market access. More recently, at the Novartis Foundation, she led a collective impact initiative for cardiovascular health in low-income urban settings, building multi-sector private-public partnerships and working with social enterprises on the journey to scale and financial sustainability.

Anja Koenig

Anja Koenig - EVPA

Anja-N. Koenig is an impact investing, entrepreneurship and sustainable development expert as well as a trained facilitator in collaborative innovation and system change processes. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in the DACH region, (Central and Eastern) Europe, MENA, Africa, Asia and Latin America working with public and private sector clients on impact strategies, innovative finance and public private partnerships as well as incubating innovative projects for impact.

Peter Cafferkey

Peter Cafferkey - EVPA

Peter is the EVPA representative for the UK and Ireland since 2019. In addition, he is the CEO and Founder of Boncerto – a social good consultancy working with individuals, corporations and not-for-profits to help increase their effectiveness and enable them to do good, better.

With the financial support of

European Commission

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