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Access to Finance
IFC's Access to Finance advisory services help increase the availability and affordability of financial services for individuals, as well as micro, small and medium enterprises. Our priorities are to help our clients provide broad-based financial services to individuals (such as credit, savings, payments and insurance products) and to promote growth and employment generation by supporting sustainable lending to small and medium enterprises. We also help build the necessary financial infrastructure such as credit bureaus and collateral registries.
We focus on:
Building banks and non-bank financial institutions, with emphasis on banks that serve small and medium enterprises or provide microfinance, agriculture finance, housing finance, leasing, trade finance, insurance, and sustainable energy finance.
Improving financial infrastructure such as credit bureaus, securities markets, and collateral registries.
Improving the legal and regulatory framework to help develop and improve the enabling environment for increasing access to finance.
IFC delivers advice on access to finance mainly through our regional offices, with more than 130 dedicated staff members. We also coordinate these services with the World Bank to deliver policy advice and joint interventions.