• Innovative Finance Foundation



  • The Innovative Finance Foundation (IFF) generates additional, predictable and sustainable funding for social infrastructure and development.


    IFF structures financial collaborations in education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and the environment.


    IFF provides a global platform for governments, organisations in development and the private sector to benefit from each others resources, expertise and networks in the domain of innovative financing.

    Global solidarity levies: After the air ticket levy, the extractive industries solidarity levy is a breakthrough initiative led by the United Nations Under Secretary-General in charge of Innovative Financing for Development, Philippe Douste-Blazy, and the Innovative Finance Foundation.


    So far, 6 African counties have committed to devote a micro portion in the range of 0.1% from their oil, gas, gold and other mining activities as an innovative financing revenue stream to fight chronic malnutrition. This South-south mechanism will be a "game changer" in development finance.




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    African countries create a fund to fight children malnutrition with money from a new micro-levy on their extractive industries. The lack of proper food, vitamins, and micronutrients stunts the growth and damages the brain of more than 160 million children, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. How can a country develop with such an erosion of its human capital? There are solutions.

  • Projects







  • Innovative Financing for Global Education

    Review of options to generate long-term, sustainable revenue streams to support global education with a focus on pre-school and primary education. Quantification of the economic and social impact of a major financing “push” for education and proposal for a global education investment bank.


    Partner: Open Society Foundations


    Click here to download the Executive Summary

    Extractive Industries Micro-Levy to Fight Chronic Malnutrition

    Research, advocacy and implementation of the first extractive industry revenue micro-levy in African countries to finance nutritional interventions for children. Our model shows that a $0.10 cents micro-levy could generate sufficient revenues to significantly reduce childhood malnutrition with substantial long-term positive economic and social impact.


    Partners: 6 African counties, United Nations Under Secretary-General in charge of Innovative Financing for Development


    Click here to download the Executive Summary


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    Endangered Species Technology and Innovation Fund

    An initiative to research, develop and structure world's first impact fund to invest in cutting-edge technology applications, devices and services to improve the regulation, enforcement and public awareness of international trade in endangered species. The underlying rationale is that supply chain transparency would be transformative in terms of the protection of endangered species from overexploitation in international trade.


    Partner: CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna)


    Click here to download the Executive Summary

    Financing the global fight against hepatitis

    Hepatitis kills more people then HIV/AIDS and deaths are on the rise. This project is about formulating a strong "business case” to optimally leverage the advances in the prevention, management and treatment of viral hepatitis in the light of the availability of curative treatment for Hepatitis C and the potential to eradicate Hepatitis B through neonatal vaccination. 


    Partner: World Health Organization


    Click here to download the Briefing Note







  • Lofty goals in the fight against climate change and other environmental challenges, are worthless unless the planet can “put its money where its mouth is” - ensures that there are substantial, long- term, sustainable and additional revenue streams to fund existing projects and new initiatives that will inevitably emanate from COP 21.

    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) celebrates the start of its fifth decade. It is the oldest international environmental agreement and one of the few with real teeth, because it can impose trade sanctions for non-compliance – and because virtually all countries have joined.

    While global health outcomes – a key focus of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) – have improved dramatically in recent years, progress on education worldwide has not been nearly as satisfactory. There are many reasons for this, including the complexity of education investments, weak global governance, and – of course – money.

    To meet the needs of the poorest people on our planet, we will need to harness the opportunities offered by the changing global economy. This means being innovative in how we finance development. It means bringing on board new, sustainable revenue flows – derived directly from the revenue and capital that characterise the 21st century global economy – to complement official development assistance (ODA).





  • Carol Bellamy

    Member of the Advisory Board

    Carol Bellamy is a recognized global leader with an exemplary track

    record in public service including as former Chair of the Global

    Partnership for Education (GPE) and former Executive Director of


    Philippe Douste-Blazy

    Member of the Advisory Board

    Philippe Douste-Blazy is the leading global voice on innovative

    financing and the key figure behind the air ticket and extractive

    industry solidarity levies. A UN Under-Secretary General, he is

    the UN Special Advisor on Innovative Financing and Chair of


    Georges Sudarskis

    Member of the Advisory Board

    Georges Sudarskis, former CIO at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, was one of the world’s largest private equity investors and a pioneer of the fund of funds investment strategy.

    Rifat Atun

    Member of the Advisory Board

    Rifat Atun is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, and the Director of Global Health Systems Cluster. He chaired the STOP TB Partnership and was  Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at

    the Global Fund. 

    Robert Filipp


    Robert Filipp is the founder of IFF and a pioneer in creating innovative

    financing mechanisms including Debt2Health, the DowJones Global

    Fund Index and the extractive industry solidarity levy. He is CEO of

    Chiron Capital and a former UN, World Bank and Global Fund official.

    Leonard Lerer

    Senior Vice President

    Leonard Lerer is the co-founder of IFF, a former Professor and

    Executive Director at INSEAD and a recognized entrepreneurial finance

    and social infrastructure expert.

    Associates & Advisors

    Ali Mheni Jr., Pål Arne Davidsen, John Ellis, Christiaan Walstock,

    Urs van Stiphout, Diego Filmus, Toulaxay Xayakhom, Nowa Emmanuel Omorogbe, Divya Mathur, Rajat Jain.







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