Invitation to Symposium “Impact Bonds for Development: change maker or hype?”

Invitation to Symposium “Impact Bonds for Development: change maker or hype?”

On June 14, KIT organizes in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
(MFA) and Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) a Symposium on development finance: “Impact
Bonds for Development: change maker or hype?” 

A new range of financing mechanisms known as Impact Bonds (both Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and Development Impact Bonds (DIBs) is currently receiving much attention. These instruments harness the financial market to improve the impact of development finance, but their application requires a systematic approach. This means taking a close look at risk sharing, competencies and roles that different partners could play to reach practical, sustainable solutions that generate maximum impact.

Recently, an informal Working Group is set up in the Netherlands to explore the application of DIBs. Among its members are the MFA, FMO, CFC, ICCO, Cordaid and KIT. The Working Group identified the need to close the information gap that currently exists for DIBs. The main objective of the Symposium is closing this gap for organizations potentially interested in a DIB. Key issues in the practical implementation of DIB models will be discussed, such as:

  •  The challenge for outcome payers to assign a monetary value to a development result
  • As investor of a DIB, how to set a reasonable rate of return
  • The legal structure of DIB mechanisms

We have the pleasure to provide a stage for a number of meaningful speakers knowledgeable about the application of DIBs. For example, Emily Gustafsson of the Brookings Institute will present her latest report: ‘The Potential and Limitations of Impact Bonds’. Peter Nicholas of Social Finance UK will give an update on the state of affairs within the playing field of DIBs, who published a report: ‘Investing in Social Outcomes: Development Impact Bonds’. Moreover, the learnings from the Social Impact Bonds of the ABN-AMRO Bank and Dutch municipalities will be shared by Ruben Koekoek from ABN-AMRO Bank. In the afternoon, an interactive session will take place where ideas on potential impact bonds can be pitched and discussed in smaller groups.


The Symposium has limited seats available to keep the Symposium as interactive as possible, therefore selection is made afterwards dependent on the amount of subscriptions. If you are interested in participating in the Symposium send an e-mail to m.hazelzet@kit.nl.

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