Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s Women’s Livelihood Bond™ Series was a State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year Award in 2019. These are innovative financial instruments that bring together multi-sector ecosystem actors to mobilize large-scale private investment to drive women’s economic empowerment across multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – including SDG 1, 2, 5, 8, 13 and 17. The first Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB1)—which is the world’s first impact investing instrument to be listed on a stock exchange and quoted on Bloomberg, reporting both social and financial returns—was oversubscribed by investors, and raised US$8M in private capital to empower 385,000 underserved women across Southeast Asia to transition from subsistence to sustainable livelihoods. IIX is now launching the second Women’s Livelihood Bond 2 (WLB2)— a US$100M debt security issued over 3-4 tranches that benefits at least 1 million women across Asia. Read more here.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas,
The Clinton Global Initiative,
The Japan Research Institute,
The Rockefeller Foundation,
United States Agency for International Development (USAID),