The Executive Certificate in Innovative Financing for Education equips education and finance professionals with skills to understand, analyse, evaluate, and design innovative financing approaches to realise SDG 4 and SDG 17 in domestic and international education financing (IFE). Through real-life case studies, the course will cover a broad range of innovative financing mechanisms introduced within the education sector to critically analyse the relevance, applicability, adaptability, efficiency, efficacy, and effectiveness of financing models for reaching the targets of SDG 4. Additionally, with comprehensive advisement from the instructors, students will engage in a final project designing an innovative financing approach to solving an education challenge identified in a specific context.

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  • Learn how to assess key educational issues at the regional/national level and explore alternative solutions

  • Develop critical reading and synthesis skills and apply them to available evidence on innovative finance in education

  • Be able to formulate problems and explore design of potentially relevant innovative finance solutions

  • Build measurement and evaluation skills relevant to innovative finance mechanisms

  • Acquire skills in engaging with stakeholders and negotiations


Who should apply?

Professionals from the education and finance sectors in investment firms, foundations, donors, intermediaries, nonprofit organisations, international organisations, corporate social responsibility, and government agencies are encouraged to apply.


 Related sdgs

SDG 4 SDG 17 

Module 1

Introduction to innovative finance for education

  • Critically review the application of innovative finance solutions to education sector

  • Identify and reflect on the gaps and challenges


Module 2

Domestic financing of education

  • Explore key issues in domestic resource mobilisation and emerging actors

  • Compare contribution of innovative finance mechanisms


Module 3

International financing of education

  • Identify the big questions at the global level

  • Learn about the implications on the achievement of development goals


Module 4

Measuring impact

  • Understand key ideas on impact and outcomes measurement

  • Apply these ideas to innovative finance projects in education


Module 5

Engaging stakeholders

  • Learn about key stakeholders and their engagement

  • Develop skills relevant for deal-making and negotiations


Module 6

Project work

  • Identify a problem that may require an innovative financing solution

  • Compare alternatives, prepare a design and evaluation plan


Successful participants will receive an Executive Certificate of Advanced Studies in Innovative Financing in Education (15 ECTS).

Terms and conditions

Class experience
  • Peer-to-peer learning - highly diverse participants from various sectors, countries and professional experience

  • Interactive teaching - engage with influential practitioners and experts

  • Lead Faculty and speakers - available for guidance

  • Close to the real-life of a professional through practical sessions, case studies and simulations

  • Critical thinking, thanks to analytical sessions by faculty members

Alumni benefits

Upon successful completion of the degree, participants become alumni of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and get the following benefits:

  • Full alumni membership of the Graduate Institute alumni network of 19,000+ members

  • 10% discount on Executive Education programmes

  • Networking and professional development opportunities through alumni regional chapters

Early bird

Applications received prior to 29 February 2023 will be eligible for an early bird discount. Please contact us for further information.

Every course session was valuable in building my knowledge of innovative financing. All readings were very well selected and relevant to the weekly themes. Also, the presentations from the instructor were always very informative and engaging.
Alumnus 2020
This course was very practical and offered many case studies taken from real life. Moreover, I appreciated the fact that the assignments themselves required students to put knowledge into practice.
Alumnus 2020
I appreciated the class discussions where students could analyse case studies from different countries and financing models. It helped me to contribute my ideas, ask questions and learn from my peers.
Alumnus 2021
The most valuable for me was the opportunity to develop my innovative financing mechanism proposal based on the work I did throughout the course.
Alumnus 2020
The constant link between case studies and the practical approach was precious.
Alumnus 2020

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Sep. 2024 - Jan. 2025
Exact dates to be confirmed

Applications are open until 30 June 2024


CHF 9'600


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