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Unlocking Investment and Finance in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs)

Online Learning Campus - World Bank Group via edX


Back by popular demand, join the 49,000 participants from 198 countries and territories who signed up for the first two editions of this course delivered by the World Bank Group.

This course assesses how to unlock investment and finance of all kinds – international, domestic, public and private - including the $100 trillion in assets under management by institutional investors globally, to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Progress to date will be reviewed and participants will be invited to discuss additional actions needed to accelerate investments and finance in EMDEs.


Week 1: Scaling Investment and Finance in EMDEs

  • Understanding the global context of investment and finance opportunities in EMDEs.
  • How the international development finance system catalyzes resources from all available sources for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The business-model of multilateral development banks (MDBs).
  • Adopting a Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) approach.
  • Emerging trends and innovations in investment and finance.

Week 2: Strengthening Financing Strategies for Governments

  • The role of aid, public finance, and policy in investment and development.
  • Strengthening national government financing strategies in EMDEs.
  • Channeling domestic resources for strategic investments.
  • Strengthening accountability and transparency.
  • Tackling illicit financial flows.

Week 3: Unlocking Private Investment Opportunities in EMDEs

  • Sizing up investment opportunities.
  • Sources of private investment capital.
  • Actions needed to remove obstacles to investments.
  • Working with multilateral development banks to derisk investments.

Week 4: Building Robust Financial Markets and Institutions in EMDEs

  • How international and domestic financial systems affect investment and finance flows.
  • Incentivizing long-term investments through financial systems and structures.
  • The key attributes of a well-functioning financial system: depth, access, efficiency and stability.
  • End of course special project, summary of highlights and wrap up.

Taught by

Julius Gwyer, Demet Cabbar and Ian MacDonald


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