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How can innovative finance drive toward SDGs?

Cristina Shapiro July 12, 2022

The UNICEF USA Bridge Fund is an innovative impact investment tool that addresses the timing gaps that emerge between the commitment of a donor’s support to UNICEF and the actual receipt of the pledged cash by UNICEF. Presenters will demonstrate how UNICEF USA’s Bridge Fund helps tackle the SDG of Quality Education by advancing UNICEF’s capacity to deliver on quality educational programming, digital learning tools, and educator training. Presenters will break attendees into groups, run through an ice breaker activity and then assign each group a different SDGs. A guided brainstorm will allow attendees to discuss and ideate the ways in which impact investing and innovative finance can drive toward their assigned SDGs. Participants will share their ideas and learn from each other.



Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Innovative financial models, and tools as well as speedier delivery of supplies and programs that help save lives, can accelerate progress toward the SDGs. Participants will be guided to deeply engage in this interactive session by learning about how one innovative financing model directly ties to SDGs and brainstorm how innovation and capital markets can get us there even faster.


  • Asset Managers

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Academia

  • Government

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME


  • NameCristina Shapiro
  • TitlePresident of UNICEF USA's Impact Fund for Children
  • OrganizationUNICEF USA
  • StatusConfirmed
  • Name Jenn Pryce
  • TitlePresident and CEO
  • Organization Calvert Impact Capital
  • StatusConfirmed
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