Green, Sustainability, and Social Bonds for COVID-19 Recovery: A Thematic Bonds Primer

Publication | February 2021

This primer explains how theme bonds can help finance coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery programs and projects while catering to specific targets such as environmental sustainability, infrastructure development, and social protection.

In Asia and the Pacific, investment demand for green, social, and sustainability bonds is increasing. This primer discusses the progress of theme bonds in recent years and shows how demand has gained traction as governments reallocate their budgets to address economic, social, and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • The Need for Urgent PIC Funding
  • Capital Market Trends
  • Thematic Bonds Explained
  • Types of Bonds
  • Investor Perspective: The Demand
  • Issuer Perspective: The Supply
  • Steps to Issuing a Bond
  • Global Standards and Frameworks: Building Credibility
  • Moving Forward

Additional Details

  • ADB funds and products
  • ASEAN Infrastructure Fund
  • 7
  • 8.5 x 11
  • ARM200402-2

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