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Sustainable Infrastructure Finance

Welcome to the Sustainable Infrastructure Finance course!

Sustainable Infrastructure Finance course

Investment in low-carbon and climate-resilient urban infrastructure is essential if the urban environment is to be sustainable in the long term. Despite the availability of capital for sustainable infrastructure investment projects, commercially viable and investment-ready projects are lacking and continue to act as a major barrier to generating pipelines of low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure projects at scale.

Bridging the gap with this online course

Get the ‘know how’ brought to YOU from our consortium of BANKERS and other experts, all keen to share their knowledge and insights on the sustainable infrastructure investment processes!

If you are a local or regional government official, or a project developer, you can discover how to prepare the case for investment and the steps involved in a successful financial transaction.

Want to learn more?

Select the image to launch our teaser learning nugget, and then use the Enrol Here button to join the full course.

The course consists of three modules designed to provide insights from experienced bankers and other experts in our consortium (see the Provider information section below) on the knowledge you need when embarking on a sustainable infrastructure investment process.

It covers a range of topics, each presented as an easy-to-digest ‘learning nugget’, and grouped into three modules.

Module 1 - Preparing the case for investment

Topics: Getting started, Investability of projects, Non-financial benefits for stakeholders, Sources of finance, Development Financial Institutions, and Investing in low-income countries.

Module 2 - Conducting the financial transaction

Topics: Financial transactions, Structural considerations and project risks, Financial modelling – fact or fiction, Talk the talk - learn the language of investors, and Engagement standards.

Module 3 - Case studies and next steps

Topics: Case studies - real-life examples, course review and next steps

If you are a local government or city official, or a project lead who deals with environmental, financial or infrastructure-related issues and you need to understand how sustainable infrastructure projects are financed, then this course is for you!

It will also be of interest to anyone keen to learn about sustainable infrastructure investment and, if this is you, please enrol to make use of the resource and share the course details with others in your network.

The course pages and learning materials can be accessed in English and French.

An option to select and switch between the two languages is available a the start of each learning nugget.

This course was developed by a consortium of partners as follows:

Bankers without Boundaries (BwB): BwB leveraged on the experience of their team of former investment bankers to provide the content for this course. BwB is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation in the UK, BwB has a team of former investment banking professionals who have conducted transactions for sustainable transactions. BwB is responsible for developing the training content.

Climate-KIC: Climate-KIC provided the learning design for this course. Climate-KIC is the world’s largest innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector. Climate-KIC has a long expertise in the application of tools and methods for practitioners through delivering professional education and capacity building activities.

Fonds Mondial pour le Développement des Villes (FMDV):FMDV provided content expertise to the learning design of this course. FMDV is an NGO which supports emerging and developing local authorities in accessing the necessary financial resources to finance their urban development projects. The FMDV supports local authorities throughout the entire urban development project process, from designing and planning programmes to funding, implementation, and assessment.

University of Bologna: University of Bologna provided content expertise to the learning design of this course. The University of Bologna is a leading institution in higher education, renowned to be the oldest University of the western world. Its Department of Architecture (DA) is leader for research and teaching activities in the fields of architectural and urban planning, architectural technology, building technology, assessment of environmental and urban policies.

AESS Modena: AESS Modena provided expertise to the learning design of this course. AESS Modena is a non-profit association with more than 60 members among Local Authorities. It provides technical assistance to the public and private sectors in order to implement mitigation and adaptation projects.

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The course is designed to take 5-6 hours to complete in total but also has the flexibility for you to select and complete only those modules or learning nuggets that meet your interests or goals.

Allow two hours for each module if you plan to complete all of the learning nuggets it contains.

  • For modules 1 and 2, each learning nugget is designed to take between 15-30 minutes to explore.
  • There is a short quiz at the end of each one for you to test yourself on what you’ve learnt.
  • Allow extra time if you want to take part in community discussions or complete the follow-up activity at the end of each nugget.
  • For module 3 there are eight rich case studies to explore and you should allow around 15 minutes for each one.

The course is free of charge for anyone who enrols in it to use.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Describe the transaction process for investments in sustainable infrastructure projects
  • Identify and mitigate potential risks
  • Identify the most appropriate sources of finance
  • Choose the best project vehicle and financial model
  • Use appropriate language and standards of behaviour.

At the heart of this learning resource are three modules containing a number of self-contained ‘learning nuggets’. Module 1 explains how to prepare the case for investment, Module 2 describes the transaction process and how it should be conducted, and Module 3 contains details of eight successful infrastructure projects.

The course is primarily for local government or city officials and projects leads who are interested in understanding how sustainable infrastructure projects are financed. 

The course is FREE to access.

The course is also available in French.

For general information, please contact: local@climate-kic.org

For additional help on structuring projects looking to attract private capital, please use the community forum or contact Bankers without Boundaries (https://www.bwbuk.org/contact) who may be able to offer additional advice.

We hope this learning resource will encourage you to develop and implement investable sustainable infrastructure projects that deliver widespread benefits. We also hope you’ll become an active part of our learning community and make your contribution felt. Whatever your goal, this course has something for you.

In the Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged.

In the Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Describe the transaction process for investments in sustainable infrastructure projects
  • Identify and mitigate potential risks
  • Identify the most appropriate sources of finance
  • Choose the best project vehicle and financial model
  • Use appropriate language and standards of behaviour.
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Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
  • Describe the transaction process for investments in sustainable infrastructure projects
  • Identify and mitigate potential risks
  • Identify the most appropriate sources of finance
  • Choose the best project vehicle and financial model
  • Use appropriate language and standards of behaviour.