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We have compiled the latest on impact bonds around the world from our Impact Bond Dataset. This month, the UK launched a new impact bond, funded by the Life Chances Fund: 'Provision of a social prescribing framework and offer at scale across Northamptonshire'. We also received new data on the 'Interventions sur les Offres et les Demandes' impact bond project in Belgium, on various impact bond projects from Russia and a new entry for the Refugee Impact Bond in Jordan. 

Global impact bond landscape

Total
225
Impact bonds
USD
> 534m
Capital raised
USD
1,273,719
Median
  • Calculations are based on the variable "Total Investment Commitment - Exact Amount in USD". When projects have minimum and maximum values (instead of exact amount of investment commitment), we include minimum values in the overall sum.
  • The investment figure is based on available data from 195 projects.
Service users
> 897,435
Median
410
Service users
Average duration
50 months
(4.2 years)
  • The service user figure is based on available data from 198 projects. 35 projects have data on actual number of service users, 163 projects have data on target number of service users and 27 projects do not have data on service users.
  • The average duration of service delivery is based on available data from 219 projects.

Stage of development of impact bonds

Global impact bonds by policy area

Leading impact bond countries

(by number of impact bonds)

Impact bond landscape in the UK

UK total
89
Impact Bonds
GBP
> 72.6m
Capital raised
GBP
762,500
Median
  • When projects have minimum and maximum values (instead of exact amount of investment commitment), we include minimum values in the overall sum.
  • This figure is based on available data from 74 projects.

Stage of development of impact bonds in the UK

Service users
> 110, 786
Median
404
Service users
Average duration
52 months
(4.3 years)
  • 23 projects reported data on actual number of engaged service users, 58 projects reported data of target number of engaged service users and 8 projects did not report data on service users.
  • The average duration of service delivery is based on available data from 88 projects.

UK impact bonds by policy area

Notes

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Service users

The number of service users is a combination of two values. Completed projects have data on the actual number of service users and ongoing projects have data on target number of service users. If we have data on actual numbers, we will use them. If the project only has data for targets, we will use target numbers. This calculation is based on the variables "Service and beneficiaries - Targeted number of unique service users or beneficiaries" and "Service and beneficiaries - Actual number of unique service users or beneficiaries". In future we propose to report on these figures separately.

Capital raised

The final figure of capital raised is based on the variables "Total Investment Commitment - Exact Amount in USD" (for the global landscape) and "Total Investment Commitment - Exact Amount in relevant currency" (for the UK landscape). This figure is calculated using only data that are publicly available.

Source: GO Lab INDIGO Impact Bond Dataset, November 09th 2021

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