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

Taiwan, US partner on bond project to empower women in SE Asia – Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Taiwan and the United States announced Monday that they have joined hands in taking part in a bond project dedicated to raising funds for and empowering underprivileged women in Southeast Asia.

The two countries supported the issuance of a third tranche of Women’s Livelihood Bonds on Dec. 10 worth US$27.7 million, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said. READ MORE

Latham Advises on Third Tranche of First-Ever Multi-Country Listed Gender Bond Series – Legal Desire

Latham Advises on Third Tranche of First-Ever Multi-Country Listed Gender Bond Series  READ MORE

台灣、美國參與債券計畫 提升印太地區婦女經濟賦權 – Taiwan News

外交部今日在行政院召開記者會,並由台、美政府相關部門出席報告兩國共同參與新加坡社會效益投資公司(Impact Investment Exchange)所規劃的婦女生計債券(Women’s Livelihood Bond)。

政委兼行政院經貿談判辦公室總談判代表鄧振中表示,台灣與美國國際開發金融公司(U.S. Development Finance Corporation)透過東南亞銀行提供微型貸款給當地婦女,讓她們發展自己的事業或幫助家計,小至購買摩托車以便工作使用,大至創業等,尤其針對那些無法透過正常融資管道借到錢的婦女,避免她們去借高利貸,最終導致財務困難的惡性循環。READ MORE