In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established a vision for 2030 by adopting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a comprehensive set of objectives that aim to end poverty globally, ensure that the basic needs of all people are fulfilled, and protect the planet and the environment. However, at today’s level of investments a $2.5 trillion annual investment gap remains in key SDG-related sectors in developing countries. Upscaling private capital is crucial for achieving the SDGs and facilitating sustainable development. Over the last years, blended finance has proven to be a key instrument in bridging this gap and catalyzing in particular private investments towards the SDGs.

Blended finance enhances the concept of partnership between the public and private sector by maximizing synergies and leveraging the contributions of these two groups of investors, while setting clear impact targets to improve people’s lives, and the planet they live in.

We present the findings of our private investors survey in our new study, aiming at giving voice to the private sector by conveying their views, objectives and expectations. Building on the results of the survey and leveraging our extensive experience in blended finance due to the numerous mandates we have managed since 2001, we have elaborated a new vision of blended finance, “Blended Finance 2.0”. In this version, the mobilization of private capital takes the center stage.