Oxford Social Finance Programme
- Short programme
About the programme
Join fellow participants seeking to address the world’s most existential and difficult issues: climate change, poverty, hunger and loss of livelihoods.
This programme helps you build and negotiate multi-sector partnerships and combine capital sources. You will learn directly from world leaders in blended finance, showing you how they structure deals to achieve large scale positive impact.
The pandemic, global recession, climate change and shifting geopolitics require new collaborative and creative ways to use capital. The Oxford Social Finance Programme helps you understand the range of sources for capital, and how to deploy and combine them. These include:
- philanthropic and concessionary capital
- impact investing funds
- Development Finance Institutions (DFI)
- Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) investments.
Over this six week programme you will:
- Discover how your own leadership influences and shapes your social finance strategy
- Learn from and with C-Suite guest speakers from cross-sector, cross-global organisations who have successfully used blended finance at scale
- Discuss real deals which tap concessionary capital to de-risk investments, trigger impact investing, engage B-Corps and ESG investments to create large scale impact
- Put theory into practice with experiential learning, working with peers to design real-life, real-time blended finance structures to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Gain experience of tools including development impact bonds, social bonds, and social success notes.
Explore the art of the possible in social finance, to see how pioneering impact investments have been structured to bring about large scale, positive change and address the global challenges exemplified by the UN SDGs.
An introduction to the programme
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.
- Gain experience and access to the latest thinking from academic and industry thought leaders
- Measure your impact on the communities you serve, and the success of partnerships created
- Learn how to blend sources of finance to realise ambitious local and large scale strategies
- Understand tools including programme and mission related investments, (PRIs and MRIs) and donor advised funds
- Understand how to combine catalytic capital and grants from foundations, public private partnerships, development finance institutions (DFIs) with ESG and impact investments
- Develop negotiation skills to build resilient and lasting partnerships.
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
- Join a growing international network of specialist organisations.
Week 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.
Week two: Impact measurement and management
- Analyse and use impact management and measurement tools to blend capital deals
- Create community and stakeholder feedback loops
- Measure strengths and challenges of partnerships
Week three: 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
Week four: 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
Week five: 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
Week six: Redefining capital for the future
- A vision for the next five years - global thought leadership
- Experiential learning - report back on fund design exercise.
Why should you attend the programme?
Joining the programme
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 ten 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. For more information on how to apply for a scholarship contact Laila Valterio.
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 or Oxford Impact Measurement Programme within 12 months.
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.