Social Impact Bond Development Grant

Aims to bring the innovation of Social Impact Bonds to scale in Asia in order to serve the marginalized communities.

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SDGs covered

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Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions.

Singtel

Market of Implementation

  • China
  • , Hong Kong SAR China
  • , India
  • , Indonesia
  • , Japan
  • , Malaysia
  • , Singapore
  • , Taiwan
  • , Thailand

Problem

There is significant investor appetite for exciting impact investing instruments such as the Social Impact Bond (SIB). In Australia, for example, every SIB to date has been heavily oversubscribed. At the same time, there is a shortfall in the pipeline of investment-ready SIBs in the Asia-Pacific. This is for three reasons.
  • Designing a SIB is a 12-18 month process, and requires concerted engagement of multiple stakeholders from the government, non-profit and private sectors
  • Governments generally do not have the capacity to fully fund the design phase of a SIB
  • While private funders are keen to invest, each individual investor may not want to bear the entire upfront cost of designing a SIB

Solution

Development Grants are an innovative way for private funders to overcome these barriers, and pool resources to create a portfolio of SIBs for investment.

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