The Sustainable Finance Hub recently launched a new SDG Finance Academy e-Learning Programme. The initial ten learning modules introduce basic concepts followed by ‘deep dives’ in critical areas for achieving the SDGs. These include budgeting, taxation, thematic bonds, and insurance for the SDGs, accessing capital for SDG investment, establishing SDG investment project pipelines, managing impact, designing Integrated National Financing Frameworks, and more. 

Engaging the Public and Private Sectors for Financing the SDGs: Lessons Learned from the SDG Finance Academy

Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2023

Time: 7:00 AM Panama | 8:00 AM New York | 3:00 PM Addis Ababa/ Amman/ Istanbul | 7:00 PM Bangkok

About this session

Join this session to learn about the new open-access learning programme on sustainable finance and how UNDP provides support to its Country Offices, governments and the private sector around the world in financing for the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will get insights on the key knowledge and skills needed to catalyze engagement and innovative financing solutions, and better understand the unique engagement opportunities created by the SDG Finance Academy for public and private partners, based on the practical experiences from sustainable finance experts from UNDP, the Government, and the private sector.

Start the e-learning programme today 

This discussion will present concrete experiences from keynote speakers including:

Presentation of the new e-Learning Programme on Sustainable Finance

  • Thomas Beloe, SDG Finance Advisor, Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH), UNDP 

Panel discussion: Engaging the Public and Private Sectors for Financing the SDGs

  • Gabriel Bottino, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Uruguay
  • Dr. Charles Mwamwaja, Commissioner for Financial Sector Development, Ministry of Finance of the United Republic of Tanzania
  • Luciana Trindade de Aguiar, Sustainable Finance Programme Manager, SFH, UNDP
  • Mohammad Alarbeed, Executive Manager, Governance and Sustainability, Kuwait Finance House

Closing remarks and next steps

  • Marcos Neto, Director, SFH, UNDP 

The presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. We are looking forward to engaging with you!

Connection details

The registration for this launch event is now closed.

Session materials

Watch the session recording below, browse the PPT presentation and relevant links in the comments section below!

About the speakers

Thomas Beloe is the Chief of Programmes at the UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub. He has over 20 years’ experience in providing policy advice to governments across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific. He leads the development and implementation of cutting-edge solutions that integrate climate change and gender equality into national budgets; promote public services that benefit all communities, and reforms promote openness and transparency in public administration. 

Dr. Charles Mwamwaja is currently working as the Commissioner for Financial Sector Development in the Ministry of Finance of The United Republic of Tanzania. As the Commissioner for Financial Sector Development he is responsible in overseeing that the Financial Sector plays a key role in mobilizing resources and allocating credit across the economy. Charles has over 20 years of leadership experience in the Public Service. He has been involved and is experienced in diverse areas focusing on economic planning, finance and strategic planning. He has been involved in National Planning and Budgeting, resource mobilization assignments, undertaken a number of consultancies and capacity building assignments on Strategic planning to Ministries, Departments, Agencies and the Private Sector. Dr. Mwamwaja has also been involved in the preparation of a number of professional works and publications including Budget Briefs, Public Expenditure Reviews, Resource Mobilization Strategies, Strategic Planning Papers, Budget Guidelines, Financial Educational Programs, Financial Sector Development Master Plan and others. Dr. Mwamwaja has also served as a Council Member to Sokoine University of Agriculture and Mzumbe University. He is currently a Council Member of the Institute of Finance Management (IFM). He has also been and is serving as a board member to a number of local and International Institutions.

Luciana Trindade de Aguiar is the Sustainable Finance Programme Manager at the UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub. She is a specialist in private-sector development and innovation, inclusive and impact-driven business, finance for development, and social investment. With broad experience in partnerships with the private sector, foundations, development finance institutions and multilateral organizations, she is an expert in the design of market-based solutions for financial inclusion, as well as in knowledge and innovation management.  

Gabriel Bottino is the Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP Uruguay Country Office in Uruguay. With 22 years working in international organizations – more than 16 of them at UNDP – his expertise covers sustainable finance, climate change, disaster risk reduction, social protection and resource mobilization. He is also a leader in strategic planning, results-based management and risk management, with significant field experience in Latin America. 

Mohammad Alarbeed is the Executive Manager for Governance and Sustainability at the Kuwait Finance House.  

Marcos Neto is the Director at the UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub. He has more than 25 years’ experience in development finance and private-sector development, Marcos leads UNDP’s work on sustainable finance in more than 140 countries in collaboration with other UN agencies and partners. Head of the G20 Sustainable Finance Working Group Secretariat, Marcos also co-chairs the executive boards of the Business Call to Action and the Connecting Business Initiative.  

This event is co-hosted by the UNDP Integration Community of Practice (CoP) and the Sustainable Finance Hub. For further information on this event, please contact Nadine Ravaud, Community Manager Integration and Tiina Turunen, Sustainable Finance Hub.

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Nadine Ravaud
Nadine Ravaud

Dear colleagues and partners, thank you for joining today's launch event. Find attached the PPT presentation and key takeaways from the session:
- The UNDP SDG Finance Academy aims at engaging both public and private partners to develop common approaches and understanding of sustainable finance, and at building a sustainable finance architecture where decision making includes a calibration of risk and return on development impact, not just financial return.  
- For instance, the Academy delivered 21 training sessions across 16 different countries on Impact Measurement and Management (IMM), engaging around 691 individuals including government, private sector, investment authorities, banks and enterprises of different sizes. 
- In Uruguay, the Academy and the UNDP Country Office supported the government with tools to develop KPIs and improve how they measure and design financial instruments, which supported the launch of the country's first sovereign sustainability linked bond.
- In Kuwait, the training provided to the Kuwait Finance House senior management on IMM fostered a renewed commitment to align their business operations with the SDGs and to play their part as a leading financial institution, the largest bank in the country with presence in 7 countries.
- In Tanzania, the Academy was instrumental in supporting the Government to strengthen their capacity in designing bankable and attractive projects to investors as well as developing necessary frameworks that will provide guidance on how financial instruments such as social bonds will be issued. 
- Factors that support the implementation of sustainable financing approaches at the country level include: government buy-in, conducive policies and well-articulated development strategies that emphasize the need to work together with the private sector, and a positive regulatory environment with the capital market and securities authority to regulate issuance of sustainable finance instruments.

Here are a few resources shared during the session:
- About the UNDP SDG Finance Academy:
- Start the e-learning course "Introduction to Sustainable Finance" today:, don't hesitate to share widely with colleagues and partners!
- Improving Financial Inclusion in Jordan through Impact Measurement and Management:
- Case study from a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) that went through the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) journey and has integrated the SDG Impact Standards:…

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