Published 2018
Making blended finance work in risky contexts
By Samuel Choritz

Samuel Choritz is a Policy Adviser at the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). Prior to this appointment, he was the Senior Policy Adviser to the UN Resident Coordinator / Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia and Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office. Previously, he worked for nearly four years as a speechwriter and policy specialist in the Executive Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, and before that as an adviser in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. He started working with UNDP in the Evaluation Office and has also served with the UNDP Yemen Country Office and also supported UN coordination efforts following natural disasters. Sam is from South Africa. He holds a Master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University.

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNCDF or UN Member States.

Three years after the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda, there is a growing focus on how to ensure that development cooperation – especially Official Development Assistance (ODA) – accelerates economic growth and helps mobilise additional resources for sustainable development. New approaches are changing the development finance landscape and creating opportunities to scale up the contributions of all sources of financing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both public and private, domestic and international as called for in the Addis Agenda. As this happens, it is important that providers more fully engage with, tailor operations to, and harmonise their interventions in countries and sectors typically excluded from financing innovations.