Blended Finance in Sustainable Fisheries Development
Greg FitzGerald, Future of Fish
Fisheries are inherently risky. While other sectors, such as renewables and agriculture have established early models for funding sustainable development, fisheries still lag in mobilizing capital to drive long-term resource security, and create better social and economic conditions. A subset of fisheries-focused organizations are seeing great potential in applying blended finance to fund transformation in these complex systems. This panel will explore three evolving case studies in global fisheries, where a blended finance platform is being developed to create deal flow for funders via systemic coordination, project development, and deal structuring. The conversation will explore the strengths and limitations of the blended finance approach from the perspective of seed and growth stage impact investors, a philanthropic funder, and the platform developer.
blended finance, Case Study, Economic Growth, Fisheries, Gender Equality, Good Jobs, innovation, investment, Livelihoods, Sustainable Development
Greg FitzGerald, Blended Finance Lead @ Future of Fish James Dien Bui, Partner @ Lotus Capital
Renu Saini, Program Officer @ Walton Family Foundation Alex Markham, Vice President @ Encourage Capital Jan Yoshioka, Director @ CI Ventures
Principles for Investment in Fisheries (http://www.fisheriesprinciples.org/) Platform Overview and Case Study document to be published in advance of SOCAP (currently in progress) Blended Finance Primer (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Blended_Finance_A_Primer_Development_Finance_Philanthropic_Funders_report_2015.pdf)