Oxford Social Finance Programme

Impact investing through blended finance

Start date:


  • 5 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £7,500

About the programme

Address the world’s most difficult issues: climate change, poverty, hunger and loss of livelihoods.

This programme blends finance and leadership skills to support solutions at scale and help you address the global challenges captured within the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You will learn how to lever relationships, resources, catalytic philanthropy, concessionary capital, impact investing, development finance, and environmental, social, governance (ESG) traditional investments.

Funding for the SDGs currently falls short by trillions annually. To bridge the capital gap requires leaders who can collaborate across sectors with an entrepreneurial mindset and multiple tools in blended finance, policy, law, leadership, and negotiation.

Using real-time and real-life cases from around the world, you will learn timely and practical skills to navigate complex systems and build multi-sector partnerships that unite public, private and philanthropic capital with purpose.

You will:

  • Strengthen your leadership skills to build alliances within and beyond your organisation.
  • Navigate big finance and big technology to tap new resources.
  • Negotiate systems change in climate finance and nature-based solutions.
  • Use law and policy to advance your change capital agenda.
  • Learn with C-Suite faculty who have successfully used blended finance at scale.
  • Use tools including development impact bonds, social bonds and social success notes.

Introduction to the programme

Programme outline

Day one: Resetting finance to build back better

  • Overview of the social finance ecosystem and innovation during the pandemic  
  • Examine the role of leadership and negotiation in building lasting partnerships
  • Introduction to experiential learning exercise.

Day two: Blended capital models

  • Build back better through blended capital
  • International examples from emerging economies
  • Ask the experts—social bonds, development impact bonds, social success notes

Day three: A global perspective: Social finance innovation

  • Examples of successful social impact and development bond implementations
  • Cross-sector collaboration  
  • Ask the experts—ESG investments and B-Corp

Day four: Private capital, ESG and sustainable investing

  • ESG as a source of sustainable and blended finance
  • Traditional finance firms bringing ethical finance from the margin to the mainstream
  • Ask the experts - Family offices through a global perspective

Day five: Redefining capital for the future

  • A vision for the next five years - global thought leadership
  • Experiential learning - report back on fund design exercise. 


Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network.


To you

  • Access latest thinking from academic and industry thought leaders
  • Measure impact on communities you serve and success of partnerships
  • Blend sources of finance to realise ambitious local and large scale strategies
  • Understand tools including programme and mission investments (PRIs and MRIs) and donor advised funds
  • How to combine catalytic capital and grants from foundations, public private partnerships, development finance institutions (DFIs) with ESG and impact investments
  • Negotiation skills to build resilient and lasting partnerships
  • Subscription to ImpactAlpha
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

To your organisation

  • Create and develop a strategy for blending capital from different sources of social finance
  • Develop organisational infrastructure and culture to manage high-impact social projects
  • Access global leaders in the social and impact finance industry

What our alumni are saying

A blend of unique practice, fundamental knowledge and new innovative and professional approaches. The programme will provide you with a strong base but also with perspectives which previously you have not seen.

Maria Bulygina

Project Manager

Participant perspectives

Joining the programme

How to apply


Programme fee includes all tuition and education materials.

Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

There are a small number of 50% scholarship places available for people working for and funded by an aid or development agency non-profits, NGO, or other organisation in the not for profit sector. Applications open for these places in April for one month. Final places are allocated in May.

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation take part.

Further benefits are available for three or more participants to attend Oxford Impact Investing Programme, Oxford Impact Finance Innovations Programme or Oxford Impact Measurement Programme within 12 months.

Visa requirements

Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.

Why should you attend the programme?

Meet the faculty

Marya Besharov is Professor of Organisations and Impact. As the inaugural faculty director of the Skoll Centre for Entrepreneurship, Marya brings decades of experience in leadership skills for achieving systems change and impact at scale. 

Gayle Peterson has over 25 years of experience advising social investors and has assessed projects totalling over $16 billion in assets. She is the author of Navigating Big Finance and Big Technology for Global Change. The Impact of Social Finance on the World’s Poor

We also have a variety of guest speakers on the programme.

Guest speakers

We have a variety of guest speakers who each bring a wealth of experience from their respective fields.


Key reports and articles about the state of social finance from leading global thought leaders.


Watch our previous webinars.

FT Rankings 2020

Our Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK for the sixth consecutive year in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.


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