The Role of Credit Enhancement in Sovereign Sustainability-linked Debt Issuance

February 1, 2023

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The Landscaping Review explores the critical role that credit enhancement and grant-funded technical assistance can play in facilitating the issuance and scaling of performance-linked sovereign debt instruments. Sovereign Sustainability-linked Bonds (SLBs) can initiate a Virtuous Circle of enhancing the resilience, productivity and investment capacity of a debtor country. The Review includes an overview of the market, the role of credit enhancement and the scope of enhancement tools and technical assistance, concluding with a few case studies that provide proof of concept.

The Review highlights the following key points:

  • There is a market need, and looming urgency, for the indebted nations and investors to have access to a suite of financing tools and services linked to issuing and/or restructuring debt that can address the sovereign debt, nature and climate crises.  
  • Scaling Sustainability-linked sovereign debt can ignite a revolution in sovereign debt markets.
  • Collaboration among public and private stakeholders will be necessary to meet objectives.
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