Unlocking Investment and Finance in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs)

This free online course assesses global efforts and innovations by international investors, multilateral development banks and policymakers to unlock massive investment opportunities in EMDEs, while also tackling some of the world’s most pressing development challenges of our time.


SDG8: Decent work and economic growth
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
SDG 17: Finance
Economics and Finance

Back by popular demand, join the 49,000 participants from 198 countries and territories who signed up for the first two editions of this course delivered by the World Bank Group.

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, an estimated $4.5 trillion per year in additional investment and finance in EMDEs will need to be mobilized. This course assesses how to unlock investment and finance of all kinds – international, domestic, public and private - including the $100 trillion in assets under management by institutional investors globally, to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Progress to date will be reviewed and participants will be invited to discuss additional actions needed to accelerate investments and finance in EMDEs.

Target Audience

This course is designed for:
Investors seeking to scale up their investments or invest for the first time in EMDEs, or seeking to invest in funds, bonds and sustainable investment vehicles in EMDEs will learn how to:

  • Develop roadmaps for investment in EMDEs.
  • Use investment diagnostic tools, de-risking and other investment support products of multilateral development banks.
  • Invest in sustainable investment bonds, funds and other vehicles.
  • Adopt principles and practice of impact investment.

Government officials in EMDEs seeking to strengthen their national financing strategies and increase their access to development finance of all kinds will learn how to:

  • Strengthen financing strategies for national development.
  • Improve the country investment climate and domestic markets.
  • Attract investors and access international capital markets.
  • Identify sectors where private sector solutions can create or expand markets, and make substantial contributions to development impact.
  • Deepen understanding of project finance and how to structure investments consistent with international standards.

International development professionals seeking to learn about the latest innovations in investment and finance aligned with the SDGs will learn about:

  • The new development finance agenda and initiatives underway to mobilize billions in development finance to attract and catalyze trillions more for resource of all kinds.
  • The powerful and innovative new financial instruments and approaches that are being tested, deployed and scaled up globally to achieve the SDGs.
  • Results to-date with the financing for development agenda and actions needed to accelerate progress.

Financial sector actors seeking to learn about their role in catalyzing additional finance into EMDEs will learn about:

  • Actions needed to strengthen the stability, efficiency, and inclusiveness of financial systems and services.

Other professionals and students are welcome to participate in the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn from world leaders and experts in investment and finance in EMDEs. Featured speakers include presidents of multilateral development banks, and some of the world’s leading asset managers, investors and consulting firms specialized in investment and finance in EMDEs.
  • Access the latest information on investment and finance trends, innovations and results. The course provides access to cutting-edge investment and finance strategy resources, diagnostic tools, analysis and statistics on investment opportunities and trends, and progress with development finance goals.
  • Collaborate with thousands of investment, finance, development and policy experts around the world. The course provides a global platform to collaborate and problem-solve with thousands of investment, finance, policy and development professionals around the world.
  • Build your global investor and development professional network. Upon graduation, participants will be invited to join an international investment and finance professionals’ online network on LinkedIn.
  • Earn a World Bank Group – edX certificate. Upon successful completion of the course, receive a certificate of completion to add to your LinkedIn profile and resume.