Considering development impact bonds? Read this.

Here's what you should think about if your organization is evaluating whether a DIB is right for you. Photo by: Sarah Pflug / Burst

WASHINGTON — As several recent development impact bonds test the model, organizations are increasingly thinking about whether the financial tool might be right for them.

But those involved with previous DIBs, or those who have spent time researching them, have some cautionary advice to offer. Because while early results have shown that in some cases DIBs may work, they are complex instruments, costly both in time and startup financial investment.

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    Adva Saldinger

    Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.