Orange Bond Initiative™:
Knowledge Partner
Program

About this Program

Joining the Orange Bond Initiative™ (OBI) Knowledge Partner Program means playing a crucial role in driving financial inclusion for women and girls across the Global South. Through a practitioner-informed curriculum, this program will equip ecosystem stakeholders with an understanding of Orange Bonds, its evolution, key players, structure and benefits. 

The OBI Knowledge Partner Program is best suited for organizations planning to issue Orange Bonds, professionals seeking to earn certification as an Orange Bond verifier, and gender-advocate of all levels who are passionate about learning and supporting data-driven orange transactions.

Enroll below to secure a spot in our pilot batch, commencing on the 27th of June 2023. 

Instructor

CEO and Founder, Impact Investment Exchange

Program Overview

The Orange Bond Initiative™ (OBI) is the world’s first asset class built by both the Global South and North and the 99% as a solution to financing gender equality. The Initiative’s mission is to empower ~100 million women and girls worldwide through unlocking US$10 billion by 2030. The OBI Knowledge Partner Program was created to advance said effort through providing training and certification, so that relevant ecosystem partners are equipped with with the knowledge necessary to contribute effectively. 

Alongside bond-issuing organizations, trained verifiers play a crucial role in the Orange Bond market by ensuring these organizations comply with the required standards and guidelines for sustainability finance, including the use of proceeds and impact reporting. As part of its commitment to ensuring inclusivity and diversity in the Initiative, IIX seeks to democratize the verifier training process and offer a comprehensive training and certification program, which will be subsidized for participating organizations.

Participants pursuing a certification as an Orange Bond Verifier must pass all courses under the OBI Knowledge Partner Program and submit their professional resume to be reviewed by the Steering Committee.  Shortlisted profiles who come from organizations that meet the gender-equality eligibility criteria and are deemed fit as a Verifier by the committee will pay a separate licensing fee to obtain their certification, subject to renewal annually. 

Learning Pathway

The Orange Bond Initiative™ (OBI) Knowledge Partner Program is comprised of the following courses: 

Course 1: Financing for Gender Equality

Understand the potential for gender-lens investing to build prosperity, peace, and planetary resilience for all. This course will cover three key learning components:  

  • Gender Lens Investing (GLI): Definition and market potential for investing in gender equality
  • Gaps Analysis: Current GLI challenges to be addressed
  • Bridging the Financing Gap: Solutions to scale the GLI space and advance the overall sustainable development agenda

Course 2: Introduction to the Orange Bond Initiative™

Overview of the Orange Bond Initiative™ as a cross-cutting asset class for investing in gender equality. This course will explore the following: 

  • Introduction to Orange Bonds as an asset class
  • OBI commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) and making Orange Bonds relevant for the Global South and the 99%
  • Use cases and examples on Orange Bonds cross-cutting with other asset classes (e.g. Sustainability Labelled or GSSS Bonds, Climate Bonds, and Racial Equity Bonds)

Course 3: Understanding and applying Orange Bond Principles™

Through a live facilitated training, learn about the three overarching principles that transactions must meet to qualify as an Orange Bond: 

  • Gender-Positive Capital Allocation
  • Gender-Lens Capacity and Diversity in Leadership
  • Transparency in the Investment Process and Reporting

Course 4: Impact Confirmation for Orange Bonds

A hands-on workshop to help you discover how gender-transformative impact can be measured and reported in a transparent manner using IIX Values™ through: 
  • Understanding the importance of impact confirmation and verification
  • Introduction to IIX Values™
  • Applying IIX Values™ for impact confirmation for Orange Bonds 

Program Fees

The OBI Knowledge Partner Program and its associated costs is suited to your individual learning needs, depending on whether you are representing an organization preparing to issue Orange Bonds, a professional looking to be a certified Orange Bond verifier, or someone interested in learning more about financing for gender equality and how OBI achieves that.

*Please note that the first batch of this program starts on June 27th 2023, and only the Knowledge Parter Program pathway will be offered for this batch. 

Learning Pathway Fees Courses Included Best Suited For

Knowledge Partner

USD 1,200

Course 1: Financing for Gender Equality

Course 2: Introduction to the Orange Bond Initiative™

Course 3: Understanding and applying Orange Bond Principles™

Course 4: Impact Confirmation for Orange Bonds

Professionals seeking to become a certified Orange Bond Verifier and representatives of potential Orange Bond-issuers
Introduction to OBI
USD 275

Course 1: Financing for Gender Equality 

Course 2: Introduction to the Orange Bond Initiative™

General public looking to learn more about financing for gender equality and basic knowledge regarding Orange Bonds
Refresher Program
USD 550

Course 3: Understanding and applying Orange Bond Principles™

Course 4: Impact Confirmation for Orange Bonds

Exclusively for certified Orange Bond Verifiers to maintain their certification. Refresher programs are conducted twice a year.
Add-on Courses
USD 550 per course

Course 3: Understanding and applying Orange Bond Principles™

OR 

Course 4: Impact Confirmation for Orange Bonds

Representatives of potential Orange Bond issuers

Licensing

Individual plan
USD 1,800/year

Only those who are on the Knowledge Partner pathway or have completed all four courses under the program are eligible to become a certified Orange Bond Verifier. Upon successful completion of the four courses, potential verifiers must submit their professional resume to be reviewed by the Steering Committee. Only shortlisted profiles from this review whose organization also meet the eligibility criteria* will be asked to pay the licensing fee**. 

*Eligibility criteria:

  1. Gender-equality: women and/or LGBTQI+ individuals must make up at least 30% of the organization’s board members or C-suite level.
  2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) or individuals from the Global South must make up at least 30% of the entire organization’s structure OR the organization must have a local office located in region(s) of the issuances they intend to verify.
  3. Track Record: the organization must have at least 3 years of activity in the sustainable finance market

**Licensing fee is subject to renewal every year. Licensed Verifiers will also complete bi-annual refresher courses at USD 550 per refresher program.

Corporate plan

USD 15,000/year 

for up to 10 Verifiers

Frequently Asked Questions

The OBI Knowledge Partner Program™ consist of four courses as described under the Learning Pathways. We recommend for potential verifiers and representatives of bond-issuers to complete all four courses under our Knowledge Partner stream. Finance professionals, gender equity advocates and general public interested in knowing more about gender-lens investing and the Orange Bond Initiative in general, are recommend to complete Course 1 and Course 2 under our Introduction to OBI stream. Course 3 and Course 4 can also be purchased individually.

For the pilot batch of the program starting on 27th June 2023, please note that only the Knowledge Partner pathway will be offered. 

Yes! Organizations headquartered in countries with a “Developing Country” status may apply for the OBI Steering Committee Grant, for a subsidy of up to 50% of fees for the Knowledge Partner stream fees and the Orange Bond Approved Verifier Licensing fees. 

For an individual license, a fee of 1,800 USD per year is required. A Corporate Licensing Plan is also available, priced at 15,000 USD per year for up to 10 verifiers coming from the same organization. 

Do keep in mind that licensing fees are payable on top of the training costs. However, licensing fees only have to be paid if the participant has passed all four courses within the OBI Knowledge Partner Program, comes from an organization that meet the eligibility criteria and whose profiles are shortlisted by the steering committee. 

Those who are interested to become an Orange Bond Verifier must come from an organization that comply to the following criteria:

  1. Gender-equality: women and/or LGBTQI+ individuals must make up at least 30% of the organization’s board members or C-suite level.
  2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) or individuals from the Global South must make up at least 30% of the entire organization’s structure OR the organization must have a local office located in region(s) of the issuances they intend to verify.
  3. Track Record: the organization must have at least 3 years of activity in the sustainable finance market

Yes! All participants, regardless of the pathway they choose, will receive a digital certification as proof of their learning upon completion of their respective learning pathway. 

No. Your access includes the chance to retake your final quiz as many times as you need within that period. You do not have to repurchase the course or start the materials all over again!