Advice

It takes more than finance to achieve sustainable private sector development. Advice is a critical part of IFC’s strategy to create markets and mobilize private investment—especially in the poorest and most conflict-affected areas of the world.

  • We help companies attract private investors and partners, enter new markets, and increase their impact. We provide tailored market insights as well as advice on how to improve their operational performance and sustainability—including environmental, social, and governance practices.
  • We help industries adopt good practices and standards to increase competitiveness and productivity.
  • We help governments structure public-private partnerships to improve people’s access to high-quality infrastructure and basic services. These are often the first PPPs in a country, spurring demand for increased private sector engagement.  
  • We help governments implement reforms that encourage private investment.

Our advisory portfolio includes more than 700 advisory projects in about 100 countries, valued at $1.3 billion. About 60 percent of IFC’s advisory program was in IDA countries—including more than 20 percent in fragile and conflict-affected areas.

 

How we work with companies

Agribusiness: We help companies improve productivity and standards—among other things, by creating efficient value chains, ensuring food security, and providing strong economic, social, and environmental benefits for smaller farming enterprises and communities.

Infrastructure and Natural Resources: We help companies increase benefit sharing with local communities and mitigate local risks in projects.

Corporate Finance Services: We help companies enter new markets, attract investors, and structure complex projects, offering advice on the design and execution of mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships.

Energy and Water Advisory: We help companies use energy and water more efficiently to enhance performance and environmental sustainability. We also accelerate the development of renewable-energy markets and improve people’s access to modern energy services.

Green Buildings: We help companies construct carbon, water, and energy efficient buildings by offering tools and training. We also help governments establish related  policy frameworks and work with banks to launch green-finance products.

Small and Medium Enterprises and Value Chains: We help SMEs strengthen their skills and performance, improving their ability to participate in the supply and distribution networks of larger firms. We advise companies and governments on how to improve working conditions and boost the competitiveness of the textile sector’s supply chain. 

Gender Equality: We work with companies to enhance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women. We also help them increase women’s access to financial services, technology, information, and markets.

Strategic Business Solutions: We help companies resolve complex business challenges, structure innovative programs, and create new market opportunities through innovative programs like TechEmerge.

Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues: We help companies do business in a sustainable way by promoting sound environmental, social, and governance practices.

 

How we work with financial institutions and funds

Financial Institutions: We help clients strengthen risk management and diversify product offerings—in categories such as SME finance, gender, housing finance, and sustainable energy. We also promote universal access to finance, strengthen capital markets, and establish credit bureaus and collateral registries. 

Fund Managers: We help develop the private equity industry in frontier markets and provide advice to fund managers and SMEs in which the funds invest.
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How we work with governments

Public-Private Partnerships: We help governments design and implement PPPs that are tailored to local needs, help solve infrastructure bottlenecks, and achieve national development goals. 

Investment Climate: We help improve the business environment—through reforms that promote investment, spur growth, and create jobs.

2030 Water Resources Group: We bring together governments, civil society, and the private sector to identify investment needs and drive reform to address the challenges of water scarcity.