Oxford Social Finance Programme
- 5 days
- Short programme
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.
- 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.
An introduction to the programme
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.
- 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.
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 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.
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.
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.