The International Development Association (IDA) successfully issued its inaugural bond, working with arrangers BNP Paribas and other international banks.
The IDA was set up in 1960 and helps the world's poorest countries. It aims to reduce poverty by providing loans and grants for programmes that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities and improve people's living conditions. It is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world's 75 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa, and is the single largest source of donor funds for basic social services in these countries.
The IDA bonds were placed with institutional investors around the world in only a few hours. The success reflected strong investor demand for a sustainable-investment opportunity that, in addition to carrying a high-quality credit rating, will have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people in poor countries.
Following the success of its inaugural bond, the IDA joins a small group of top-tier supranational issuers. It also benefits from the World Bank's 70-year track record in global capital markets and reputation for innovation in connecting issuers and investors in order to further social and economic development.
The IDA bond issue is only the
latest transaction on which BNP Paribas teams have worked for the World
Bank Group. The bank has assisted the World Bank on a number of capital-markets
transactions in recent years: they include conventional bond issues as
well as equity-linked, sustainable bond interest-rate products and sustainable
bond fixed-rate notes.
The World Bank and BNP Paribas
The IDA transaction also reflects BNP Paribas' commitment to sustainable finance and its aim to create a positive impact. As part of its 2020 Business Development Plan, the bank has strengthened this commitment, notably by adopting the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to guide its business activities. The IDA's inaugural bond is fully in line with this commitment.