Primer on Social Bonds and Recent Developments in Asia

Publication | February 2021

This publication explains how social bond market development in Asia can support an inclusive and sustainable recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • US$22.00 (paperback)

Social bonds are designed to raise proceeds for projects with positive social outcomes. The publication serves as a primer on how social bonds can facilitate more inclusive development and help in Asia’s recovery from COVID-19. It also identifies potential solutions to overcome salient barriers to social bond market development in the region.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction—An Opportunity for Financial Innovation
  • Historical and Market Context
  • Sustainable Finance—Taxonomy, Guidelines, and Principles
  • Urgent Need for a Robust Social Bond Market in Asia
  • Social Bonds—Current Market Profile
  • Social Bond Market Participants
  • Global Social Bond Market Characteristics
  • Asian Social Bond Market Characteristics
  • Overcoming Obstacles to Social Bond Market Growth in Asia
  • The Way Forward

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Finance sector development
  • Financial markets and institutions
  • Small and medium enterprise (SME) financing
  • COVID-19
  • Social development and protection
  • 58
  • 8.5 x 11
  • SPR210045-2
  • 978-92-9262-712-6 (print)
  • 978-92-9262-713-3 (electronic)
  • 978-92-9262-714-0 (ebook)

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