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Kenya is poised to make history in Africa’s financial landscape by issuing the continent’s inaugural Sustainability-Linked Bond (SLB), with the backing of the World Bank. This groundbreaking $500 million bond is designed to integrate financial objectives with environmental and social responsibilities, marking a significant shift in sustainable financing strategies.

Isfandyar Zaman Khan, the lead financial sector specialist at the World Bank Kenya, has disclosed that the bond, scheduled for release by November, will incorporate predefined sustainability performance targets. These encompass not only climate concerns but also social, health, and energy initiatives, reflecting Kenya’s ambitious sustainability agenda.

Kenya’s pursuit of this innovative financing approach is part of a broader strategy to diversify its external funding sources while addressing pressing socio-economic challenges. The bond proceeds will be directed towards general budget support, aligning with Kenya’s commitment to addressing critical issues head-on.

President William Ruto’s advocacy for climate action has positioned Kenya as a global leader in sustainability efforts. By collaborating with the World Bank, Kenya aims to develop a robust sustainability-linked framework and key performance indicators, incentivizing proactive measures beyond conventional norms.

Marek Hanusch, lead economist at the World Bank Kenya, highlights the growing popularity of sustainability-linked bonds, citing their outcome-based nature as a key factor. With Kenya’s strong government policies toward sustainability, the nation is well-positioned to spearhead this transformative initiative.

As Kenya takes this pioneering step, it sets a precedent for the entire African continent. With other nations like Chile and Uruguay already embracing similar approaches and countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola exploring such initiatives, Africa is on the brink of a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable and prosperous future.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

18th April, 2024

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