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Our International Network on Data for Impact and Government Outcomes – INDIGO – is an emerging data collaborative where different organisations share their data on a voluntary basis with the goal of advancing knowledge on outcomes-based partnerships. As part of this initiative, we host an Impact Bond Dataset that collects data on impact bond projects from all over the world. Every six months, we take stock of the new additions and offer a snapshot of the global landscape of impact bond projects.

The first section of this report describes the distribution of impact bond projects across countries and regions. A series of data visualisations show which countries are leading the way on a number of dimensions of scale, including the number of projects, the number of actual or expected service users, and how much upfront capital they raised. This section also provides a description of the new additions to our dataset since December 2021 and a summary of the new data about international impact bonds, those projects where the outcome funder is a foreign organisation.

The second section is focused on the African region. Using the data from the Impact Bond Dataset and other evaluation reports, we provide a comprehensive summary of the different impact bond projects that delivered or are delivering a service in Africa. Finally, building on the data from our new pipeline dataset, we summarise the main trends from the outcomes ecosystem in the region. Our pipeline dataset collects data on upcoming outcomes-based instruments, such as social impact bonds, outcomes funds, payment-by-result projects and other types of outcomes-based tools.

This report uses data as of 12 July 2022. It is advisable to check the latest data on impact bond projects here.