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CIDEF Accredited Course

(CDFA Membership Level)

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Qualification Criterion


To be admitted to the program, an applicant MUST have either (a)  A minimum of honours (or 4-year degree), Postgraduate Diploma, Master's or MBA (excluding Master's in Development Finance)  in Finance, Accounting Economics, banking or insurance. Full internationally recognised assessment-based membership of professional bodies in Accounting, Finance, Banking, Insurance or Economics (e.g. CIMA, ACCA, CFA, Chartered Banker, Actuary etc.) will also be considered.

Course Aims


The module aims to provide students with concepts and theories, as well as the practical techniques for blended finance, resulting in a deep understanding social and impact investing.

On completion of this course, participants are expected to:

  1. Have practical, actionable and relevant knowledge on how to mobilize private investment for sustainable development and use catalytic financing solutions.
  2. Understand the huge potential of the private sector – both companies and investors – to contribute to international development, as well as recognize the key contribution of small and growing businesses.
  3. See private sector resources as a promising source of capital to be integrated into public and philanthropic strategies.
  4. Identify new ways of capacity building, catalytic capital and funding mechanisms to scale high-impact enterprises.
  5. Overcome market failures and structural challenges by blending different types of capital more effectively.
  6. Gain a deeper understanding of blending finance, alignment of interest and additionality to design the right incentives and the optimal mix of capital sources.
  7. Inspire colleagues and peers with state-of-the art tools and best practices.

The student’s primary obligation in this course is to prepare for class discussion based on a thorough reading and analysis of assigned materials in the Course Pack. Case discussions and in-class activities are essential parts of the course. All students are responsible for preparing answers to all the “study questions” raised for each session before coming to class. The presenter will ask some students to provide their answers orally, as a basis for further discussion.

Course Overview


The Blended Finance course explores how scarce public development funds can be used to mobilize private capital for sustainable development. It trains participants on how to bring together government (public finance), corporates (private finance) and philanthropic investors (donors finance) on comparative advantages and relative risk tolerances. This form of financing is a strategic use of development finance and philanthropic funds to mobilize private capital flows, especially to emerging and frontier markets.

The US$2.5 trillion annual financing gap to support the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has become a key concern of many development agencies and donor organizations. While the idea to create blended finance models is compelling, one specific approach holds particular promise: empowering high-impact enterprises with market-based solutions to scale and deliver positive impact in a sustainable way in a bottom-up approach.

This actionable, practice-driven course is specifically designed for providers  and recipients of private, public or philanthropic funding, who strive to maximize the impact of their grants or investments and want to be on top of the most innovative solutions and trends. It provides valuable insights on strategies and instruments to leverage own resources by blending it with private investment for small and growing businesses in developing and emerging countries. It will also shed light on the whole spectrum of international development and catalytic financing tools that are able to attract additional capital for high-impact enterprises.

Necessary course material is a suggested reading list set forth below. Prior knowledge of basic finance and investment is assumed. Your achievement of the learning objectives and understanding of the key terms will be assessed by a quiz, test, assignment and a final examination.
Session will Include


The Blended Finance course is divided into 5 Sessions. The aim is to cover a Session per Course Day, making this a 5-day. The sessions will be very practical as the presentations shall utilise several cases to illustrate different concepts.

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Understanding Blended Finance
  • Blended finance instruments and mechanisms
  • Design, monitor and evaluate blended finance projects
  • Catalysing Private finance
  • ESG and Impact investing
Who Should Attend


The course will be valuable to professionals in the following areas:
  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Commercial and Investment Bankers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Project Developers
  • Government/PPP Agencies
  • Public Sector Managers
  • Accountants/Taxation Advisers
  • Share Market Analysts/Brokers
  • Privatization Executives
  • Company Treasurers/Directors
  • Credit Committee Staff
  • Rating Agencies
  • Project Managers/Engineers
Value of Course


On successfully completing the course, each successful participant will receive an internationally accredited certificate of the Chartered Institute of Development Finance.  In addition, you will qualify as a Chartered Development Finance Analyst (CDFA) through a conversion process by completing 3 courses. See for more information.



Online Class Exam
Individual Assignment


USD 1500

Duration of Course


6 Contact days



Tel: +27 21-914 6778
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