Accelerating gender responsive innovative financing for sustainable development

Financing mechanisms to enhance development impacts

Lab debate
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
15:15 to 16:30

The cost of solving the world’s most critical problems runs into the trillions—including an estimated $2.5 trillion annual funding gap needed to achieve the SDGs. Innovative financing is now recognized by multilaterals and national governments as a central solution to this challenge, a view increasingly shared by civil society and the private sector. This session will explore how financing mechanisms – such as public-private partnerships, sectoral and thematic bonds, gender-responsive investments, risk mitigation tools and repayable contributions – can be used to enhance the development impacts of international assistance programming, with a particular focus on women’s economic empowerment and gender equality. It will also delve into indicators to measure progress, and possibilities for joint or complementary strategies, including capacity building.

Organised by


Elissa Golberg
Assistant Deputy Minister
Global Affairs Canada
Félix Fernández-Shaw
European Commission DG DEVCO
Rachel Turner
Director of Economic Development
DFID, Government of the United Kingdom
Haje Schütte
Senior Counsellor & Head of Financing for Sustainable Development Division
Christina Madden
Director for Engagement
Criterion Institute