Promoting Social Bonds for Impact Investments in Asia

Publication | May 2021

This report reviews the social bond market and explores how social bonds can help tackle a wide range of development issues in Asia and the Pacific.

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The social bond market has grown rapidly amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This report explores ways of maximizing the impact of social bonds for sustainable development and of supporting a well-functioning social bond market. It analyzes the impact areas that social bonds have addressed to date and introduces the impact measurement techniques that are in use and under development. It notes the need for common standards of information disclosure and impact measurement.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction—The Range of Social Impacts Addressed by Social Bonds
  • Social Impacts Relevant to Developing Asia
  • Social Impact Measurement—Supporting a Well-Functioning Social Bond Market
  • Conclusions—Optimizing Impact in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond
  • The Way Forward
  • Appendix

Additional Details

  • Finance sector development
  • Financial inclusion and microfinance
  • Financial markets and institutions
  • Poverty
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Social development and protection
  • 50
  • 8.5 x 11
  • SPR210180-2
  • 978-92-9262-858-1 (print)
  • 978-92-9262-859-8 (electronic)
  • 978-92-9262-860-4 (ebook)

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