KOIS developed and led the creation of a Refugee Impact Bond to finance a 4-year microenterprise training and grants program focused on businesses for refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon. Outcome payments for Jordan will be based on the development impact bond (DIB) meeting specified business sustainability and household consumption targets over its 4-year term. This case study provides several insights for practitioners looking to structure DIBs, which include:
- To simplify fundraising processes for DIBs, implementers should secure the entire outcome funding amount ahead of investor fundraising activities
- Achieving scale while reducing complexity must be managed when structuring DIBs
- Identifying a fitting and flexible service provider is crucial to the success of DIBs
- DIBs are resource intensive; standardizing processes should be prioritized as best possible
- Service providers in DIBs should be provided a degree of freedom to adapt and implement programming as needed to deliver outcomes.