CRDB TZ Sustainability Bond (IFC-47637)

  • Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Tanzania
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Aug 3, 2023
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
CRDB Bank Plc.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Education and Health
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Transport
  • Water and Sanitation
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 60.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 60.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 300.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Nov 30, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Oct 23, 2023

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Project Description
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As stated by the IFC, the Project entails an investment of up to US$60 million in Tanzanian Shillings (“TZS”) equivalent in a senior unsecured Green bond with a tenor of five years by CRDB Bank Plc.. CRDB expects to issue a US$300 million multi-currency Medium Term Note program in various tranches aimed at financing green, social, and sustainability projects. The project pertains to an investment in the first tranche of up to TZS 40 billion (approximately US$16 million), with a Green Shoe Option of TZS 15 billion (approximately US$6million). This is CRDB’s first Green Bond and the first to be issued in Tanzania.
The proceeds will be used to provide access to finance for green transactions and will be in accordance with CRDB’s Green, Bond Framework to finance or refinance eligible sub-projects that would contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth in Tanzania.
IFC intends to anchor up to 40 percent of the entire program, however, IFC’s own account investment will be limited to no more than US$60 million [or TZS equivalent] in the first tranche. The Project is expected to be supported by the IDA20 Private Sector Window Local Currency Facility and the Market Accelerator for Green Construction Program.

Early Warning System Project Analysis
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The IFC categorized the project as FI-2.

Investment Description
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Financial Intermediary
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Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

As stated by the IFC, CRDB, formerly known as the Cooperative and Rural Development Bank was privatized in 1996 when the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Government of Tanzania took a 30 percent stake in the Bank through a joint venture called Danida Investment Fund (DIF). In 2009, CRDB was listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange and closed with a market capitalization of TZS 1,241 billion (US$531 million) as of July 31, 2023. With a reported market share of 23 percent in total assets and 24 percent in deposits as of December 2022, CRDB is currently the largest bank in Tanzania. The Bank offers a comprehensive range of corporate, retail, business, treasury and wholesale microfinance services through its wide network of branches and ATMs across the country. CRDB has a presence in Burundi and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. CRDB’s largest shareholders are DIF with 21 percent, the Public Service Social Security Fund Tanzania (PSSSF Tanzania), a state pension fund with 13.3 percent ownership, and the National Social Security Fund Uganda (NSSF Uganda) with 7.5 percent ownership.

Contact Information
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General IFC Inquiries - IFC Communications:

Address: 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20433
Telephone: +1 202-473-3800
Fax: +1 202-974-4384

Financial Intermediary - CRDB Bank Tanzania Plc.:

Alex Ngusaru - Director of Treasury and Capital Markets
Phone: +255 22 2197700
Address: Plot No. 25 & 26, Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road and Plot No. 21 Barack Obama Drive, P.O. Box 268, 11101, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


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