If Innovative Finance was in its infancy at the Addis Summit on Innovative Finance in 2015, it is now coming of age. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has launched a call for Expressions of Interest through its International Assistance Innovation Program (the IAIP); FinDev Canada is now well established and making investments, and more and more non-governmental organizations are incorporating Innovative Finance into their strategies. This panel will explore how innovative finance actors from the government of Canada ensure policy coherence, experiences with GAC’s IAIP to date, the range of approaches Canadian stakeholders adopt to engage in Innovative Finance and metrics for measuring success. The workshop includes a panel discussion followed by informal, small-group discussions on the themes noted above.
Examine new themes in Innovative Finance through a moderated discussion of compelling questions.
The workshop has the following objectives:
All the proposed panellists are tied in some way or another to the theme of innovative finance for local economic growth with job creation, increase in local taxation and gender equity being at the heart of their work. However, each panellist comes with a different perspective, FinDev Canada with a public sector perspective, MEDA and WUSC with an implementer or practitioner perspective, and Sarona Asset Management from a private sector perspective. These different angles will provide the audience with a 360-degree view to the topic of innovative finance and its effect on local economic growth.