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
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
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
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
December 7, 2020 – SINGAPORE – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) has successfully priced the US$27.7 million Women’s Livelihood BondTM 3 (WLB3), the third bond in the award-winning Women’s Livelihood BondTM Series (WLB Series). Advancing a total of 13 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the WLB3 complies with the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) Social Bond Principles and will support 180,000 underserved women and women entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region 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.
SINGAPORE, 25 September 2020 – IIX, a global leader in innovative finance and sustainable investing — is building on a decade of experience in impact measurement to launch IIX Values™ — the world’s first impact verification solution for every type of organization, whether they are for-profit or non-profit, social enterprise, funds or corporations. Grounded in over 60,000 data points from more than 360 companies working across 46 countries, the impact verification solution will not only identify, measure, and verify the value created by every company, it will also give customers the power to verify the positive impacts brought about in their lives.