This ground-breaking global investing platform connects public and private investors with opportunities in emerging markets, increases the capacity of these investors by bringing them together, and catalyzes co-investment in large-scale infrastructure and other development projects


Harnessing the power of joint public and private “blended financing” investment increases social, environmental and economic impact in emerging business and market communities


Convergence builds opportunity pipelines by matching credible investors with sound opportunities, granting competitive funding towards the design and scale of blended finance instruments, and providing aggregate top knowledge tools that expand capacity.

GDI's Role

In collaboration with the Government of Canada, the World Economic Forum and Dalberg, GDI designed, built and launched Convergence as an independent non-profit with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. GDI developed Convergence’s initial organizational and business strategy, and built its financial model. GDI acted as interim staff across operational, technical and strategic pillars, and spearheaded Convergence’s core technology platform. GDI also put together the initial Steering Committee and later the Board, and ran an executive search for the organizations first CEO.

Key People

Andrew SternFounder and Executive Director, GDIDarin KingstonAssociate Director, GDIJoan LarreaCEO, Convergence

Focus Area

Development Frontiers