Kemitraan P4G Melalui IIX Luncurkan Gender Bond untuk Mendukung Perempuan di Indonesia – Bappenas

JAKARTA – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) melalui Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) telah berhasil meraih pendanaan senilai USD 27,7 juta atau setara Rp 389,5 miliar melalui penerbitan obligasi Women’s Livelihood BondTM 3 (WLB3). Pendanaan yang digalang melalui WLB3 bertujuan untuk mendukung sejumlah perusahaan yang menitikberatkan pada pemberdayaan wanita dan secara bersamaan juga membantu memulihkan kondisi ekonomi para wanita yang terdampak pandemi Covid-19 di beberapa negara, termasuk Indonesia, India, Kamboja dan Filipina. WLB3 adalah obligasi ketiga yang telah berhasil diterbitkan dari serangkaian emisi yang seluruhnya bernilai USD 150 juta melalui inisiatif Women’s Livelihood BondTM Series (WLB Series). “Indonesia menyambut positif atas inisiatif WLB3 yang merupakan bentuk nyata upaya mencapai tujuan nasional terkait kesetaraan gender. Ini merupakan komitmen kuat dalam mendukung pemberdayaan wanita. Instrumen pendanaan inovatif seperti ini adalah kunci untuk mendorong pertumbuhan dan ketahanan ekonomi Indonesia. Sebagai anggota, Indonesia akan terus mendukung P4G Partnership untuk semakin meningkatkan cakupan dan hasil yang positif ini,” ujar Menteri PPN/Kepala Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa. READ MORE

Covid-19 pushes surge in sustainable deals – The Asset

Another interesting deal printed in 2020 was the US$12 million women’s livelihood bond for WLB Asset II Pte Limited, the proceeds of which were utilized to extend loans to selected microfinance institutions and impact enterprises benefiting women in Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. READ MORE

DFC pledges $150 million to guarantee the Women’s Livelihood Bond series – Impact Alpha

The commitment is part of the U.S. International Development Finance Corp.’s effort to mobilize $1 billion for women’s economic empowerment in Asia and $6 billion globally (see, “With billions as bait, development financiers seek to hook private investors on gender-lens investing”). READ MORE

DFC Announces $1 Billion W-GDP 2X Asia Initiative – DFC

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler today announced W-GDP 2X Asia, a commitment to mobilize $1 billion of investment to advance women’s economic empowerment in Asia. Through the initiative, DFC aims to mobilize capital and incentivize action from the private sector to achieve scalable and sustainable impact for economically empowering women in the region. The announcement was made during a virtual event featuring keynote remarks by Boehler and a fireside chat with female entrepreneurs. READ MORE

Singapore’s IIX invests in Centrum Microcredit to support women micro-entrepreneurs. – Impact Alpha

Impact Investment Exchange invested $5.5 million in the microfinance firm from capital it raised through its Women’s Livelihood Bond series READ MORE

6 Trends In Social Enterprise And Impact Investing In 2020 – Forbes

Impact investors, including family offices, lenders and many others, responded to the pandemic with emergency response programs and new investments. Social impact finance pioneer Impact Investment Exchange, for example, recently announced the latest in its series of Women’s Livelihood Bonds (WLB), a $27.7 million bond targeting enterprises in Cambodia, India, Philippines and Indonesia and focused on helping women and women entrepreneurs cope with the pandemic’s impact.READ MORE

Women’s Livelihood Bond Helps Women In Asia Pacific Struggling Amid The Pandemic – Forbes

Building on the track record of its previous two Women’s Livelihood Bonds (WLB), social impact finance pioneer Impact Investment Exchange recently announced its latest in the series, aimed at helping underserved women and women entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region recover from the pandemic. The $27.7 million bond targets enterprises in Cambodia, India, Philippines and Indonesia. It’s also the first investment of IIX’s Women’s Catalyst Fund (WCF), which focuses on accelerating new financial instruments for women. READ MORE

Monday thoughts: Is your KiwiSaver making an impact? – Stuff

This initiative was founded by Professor Durreen Shahnaz, a Bangladeshi-American academic and entrepreneur wanting to provide women, the environment and underserved communities with a voice in global markets.

From a community perspective, this micro-finance lending can make a massive difference. Small cash loans are made to individual entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially targeting women who use the funds as a tool to raise their families out of poverty. This delivers skills, financial resilience, and the ability to generate income. READ MORE

Centrum Microcredit raises $5.55 million from Singapore’s IIX – The Hindu BusinessLine

Centrum Microcredit Ltd, the micro-finance arm of diversified Centrum Group, has raised $5.55 million (about 41 crore) debt from Singapore-based impact investing and sustainability organisation Impact Investment Exchange (IIX). The micro-finance firm, which has presence across nine States, will use the funding to provide financial assistance to women entrepreneurs. READ MORE

Taiwan, US bond to empower women – Taipei Times

The partnership was announced at a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), Executive Yuan Minister Without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) and International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) Secretary-General Timothy Hsiang (項恬毅) joining Christensen.

Created by the Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), the Women’s Livelihood Bond Series is a series of debt securities to empower women in Southeast Asia by creating sustainable livelihoods, officials said at the event. READ MORE