The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is announcing that it has invested US $50 million in private Sukuk issuance by the International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm). This is the second participation of IsDB in a sukuk issuance by IFFIm after  a similar effort in 2015.

In December 2018, following the announcement made during Gavi (The Global Vaccine Alliance) at their mid-term review held in Abu Dhabi, the IsDB made a successful completion of its participation in a private placement Sukuk issuance by IFFIm to accelerate funding for immunization efforts in 33 Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.

“Gavi’s record of delivery in saving lives through immunization is a perfect fit with the IsDB’s priority to deliver impactful public health investments,” said Dr. Bandar Hajjar, IsDB President. “By working in collaborative partnerships such as this, we can accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. That’s why we are very pleased to support IFFIm’s sukuk and extend our relationship with Gavi.”

Dr Bandar Hajjar’s President’s 5-Year Programme (P5P) put partnerships, with development institutions like Gavi, at the centre of the Bank’s priorities.

Since its inception in 2000 to the end 2017, the Vaccine Alliance has helped to immunise more than 288 million people in 33 Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.