Women Empowerment

鄧振中:台美新南向有多種合作項目 – China Times

台美今天共同宣布共同參與「第三期婦女生計債券計畫」,國合會祕書長項恬毅說,本案第三期共募集2770萬美金,其中國合會出資300萬美金,預期計畫能造福新南向地區約17.5萬至18萬名婦女改善生活。行政院經貿談判辦公室總談判代表鄧振中則說,除了本案外,未來台美在新南向國家還有許多合作項目。READ MORE

台美共促婦女生計債券案 助印太地區婦女經濟賦權- UDN

〔台美雙方今(12)日於行政院宣布共同參與「婦女生計債券案」(Women’s Livelihood Bond, WLB) ,將藉公私部門合作的方式,在印太地區協助弱勢婦女建立永續性生計,其中「第三期婦女生計債券」已在本月10日發行,要協助17.5萬名至18.5萬名弱勢婦女與企業家。 READ MORE

台美共同參與「婦女生計債券」 合作提升印太婦女經濟賦權 – Liberty Times Net

〔記者呂伊萱/台北報導〕台美共同參與「婦女生計債券」(Women’s Livelihood Bond)案,合作提升印太地區婦女經濟賦權及永續發展,行政院政委鄧振中、外交部長吳釗燮、國合會秘書長項恬毅及美國在台協會(AIT)處長酈英傑(Brent Christensen)今共同宣布此案。酈英傑說,此次合作是奠基在美台既有多個成功的現有平台與倡議合作之上,「我們很驕傲能與台灣和其他理念相近夥伴一同在全世界推動、支持、並增進女性的經濟賦權」。 READ MORE

IIX raises $27.7 million for third Women’s Livelihood Bond – Impact Alpha

The third bond in IIX’s Women’s Livelihood Bond Series raised $27.7 million from Nuveen, BlueOrchard, Pathfinder NZ, Hong Kong-based family office Grace Harmony and others.

Proceeds from the bond will be invested in enterprises across South and Southeast Asia helping 180,000 women rebound from COVID’s economic impacts. READ MORE

IIX Accelerates Gender Bond Issuances With Pricing of Women’s Livelihood Bond 3 – NextBillion

The WLB3 continues to gather global momentum by bringing together a diverse range of public and private sector partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Shearman & Sterling, Latham & Watkins, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Clifford Chance, ANZ as the lead placement agent, Standard Chartered Bank, DBS Bank, Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the  United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). Nuveen has returned as an investor for the third issuance, along with several new institutional investors from New Zealand such as Pathfinder NZ.

IIX’s CEO and Founder, Professor Durreen Shahnaz, said, “At a time when COVID-19 caused governments, investors, and businesses to turn inward and leave behind millions of underserved women, we took a stand to do what is right. We closed a deal of immense proportions during a pandemic, and taught the world’s leading institutions how to create a new financial product that works for the 99%. Our astounding success is due to the fact that we dare to do what no one else is doing by valuing women and making them a part of the global financial system. But we’re not stopping there. With each innovative financial instrument, we’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of financial markets so that we create truly systemic change that will outlast any pandemic.” READ MORE

UN Supports IIX In Accelerating Its Women’s Livelihood Bond Series – ESCAP

The Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has successfully closed its US$27.7 million Women’s Livelihood Bond TM 3 (WLB3), the third bond in the award-winning Women’s Livelihood Bond TM Series. Advancing 13 Sustainable Development Goals, the WLB3 complies with the International Capital Markets Association Social Bond Principles and will support 180,000 underserved women and women entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region to respond, recover from, and to build resilience in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Impact Investment Exchange launches $27m bond to help women in Asia rebuild livelihoods post-Covid – Pioneer Post

Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has issued its US$27m Women’s Livelihood Bond 3 (WLB3), the third in the $150m WLB series of gender bonds aimed at creating sustainable livelihoods for more than 3 million women in developing countries. WLB3 will be backing enterprises in India, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines that are directly supporting women to respond to or recover from the economic effects of the pandemic. READ MORE

Bond to list on SGX that funds loans to women-focused enterprises in developing countries – The Straits Times

SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) – Singapore-based capital firm Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has priced its US$27.7 million (S$37 million), four-year Women’s Livelihood Bond 3 (WLB3) at 3.95 per cent, a company spokesman told The Business Times on Tuesday (Dec 8).

The WLB3 is the third tranche under the US$150 million WLB Series, a series of debt securities meant to create sustainable livelihoods for more than three million women across developing countries, IIX said. READ MORE

US$27.7m Women’s Livelihood Bond 3 to list on SGX – The Business Times

SINGAPORE-BASED capital firm Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has priced its US$27.7 million, four-year Women’s Livelihood Bond 3 (WLB3) at 3.95 per cent, a company spokesperson told The Business Times (BT) on Tuesday. The WLB3 is the third tranche under the US$150 million WLB Series, a series of debt securities meant to create sustainable livelihoods for over three million women across developing countries, IIX said. READ MORE

P4G Partnership with IIX Accelerates Gender Bond Issuances with Close of Women’s Livelihood Bond 3 – P4G

Washington, DC – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has successfully closed the US$27.7 million Women’s Livelihood Bond 3 (WLB3), the third bond in the award-winning Women’s Livelihood BondTM Series (WLB Series), which is a part of the P4G Partnership. Advancing a total of 13 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the WLB3 complies with the International Capital Market Association’s Social Bond Principles and will support 180,000 underserved women in the Asia Pacific to respond, to recover from, and to build resilience in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The WLB3 is also the maiden investment of IIX’s Women’s Catalyst Fund, a next generation gender lens vehicle designed to accelerate innovative financial instruments for women. READ MORE