Blended finance for climate and energy investments

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Official partner event of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

27 March 2023, 1 - 6 p.m. followed by a reception and networking dinner
ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin | In-person event only
Chatham House rules apply

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, there is an estimated funding gap of $3.7 trillion annually. Since the budgets of official development aid (ODA) alone cannot achieve this, calls for the mobilization of private capital abound. Yet, private investors are often cautious about investments in emerging economies due to perceived risks. Blended finance is the use of catalytic capital from public or philanthropic sources to increase private sector investment in sustainable development . Blended finance instruments such as structured funds and guarantees bring together investors with different risk-return profiles to finance shared impact objectives.

Hosted by ESMT Berlin, Germany’s # 1 business school, and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the event will explore lessons learned on existing blended finance transactions related to climate and energy. It brings together European development finance institutions, institutional investors, impact asset managers to reflect how to increase the leverage of blended finance. It is also open to large foundations and family offices with an interest in climate finance.


1:00 p.m.  Registration and coffee
1:45 p.m.

Opening remarks

  • Olga Almqvist, Senior Manager, Societal Impact Financing Initiative (SciFi)
2:00 p.m.

Panel: How to tackle the climate crisis jointly by overcoming silos between different investor types

  • Rajshri Jayaraman, ESMT Berlin (moderator)
  • Markus Aschendorf, KfW
  • Claudia Kruse, APG Asset Management
  • Christoph Kuhn, European Investment Bank
  • Anja Langenbucher, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Hans Peter Lankes, Grantham Research Institute
3:15 p.m.

Case study session 1: How concessional funding can help mobilize private investment

4:45 p.m.

Case study session 2: Waterfall structures to improve risk-return profiles in emerging markets

6:00 p.m. End of the event and reception
7:00 p.m.

Networking dinner

Participants are invited to a networking dinner at a nearby restaurant. Due to capacity reasons, the networking dinner is only open to speakers of the event and representatives of DFIs, policy makers, investors, foundations, and impact asset managers.

Please note that we are already at capacity for the networking dinner and are not accepting any additional registrations for this part of the event.

Note on travel arrangements: 

Please be aware of a possibility of a strike affecting both train and air travel in Germany on the day of the event, March 27. For those attending from outside Berlin, we recommend arriving one day prior the event to avoid any inconveniences.