The report provides a better understanding of our development impact and the returns our work is generating in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on concrete outcomes and results of IFC’s advisory work. It also emphasizes lessons learned from program work and notes areas for improvement and adaptation.
Publish Date: 10/25/13
Closing the Credit Gap for Formal and Informal Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises" reports on the state of the MSME finance gap based on data from the IFC Enterprise Finance Gap Database, with a focus on informal enterprises based on the research findings presented to the IFC SME and Jobs Committee.
Publish Date: 10/15/13
This factsheet provides a summary of the data from the IFC Enterprise Finance Gap Database. Please check the SME Finance Forum web site (http://smefinanceforum.org/) for downloading the database and for data visualizations after October 16, 2013.
Publish Date: 10/15/13
This update report presents new findings since the initial Stocktaking report on SME finance, substantiating the contribution of the private sector, and of SMEs in particular, for new jobs and investment. These findings further illustrate the key role access to finance plays in SMEs’ abilities and willingness to add jobs—including the special circumstances of fast-growing SMEs, or “gazelles.” The report was produced by the SME Finance Forum on behalf of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion of the G-20.
Publish Date: 10/8/13
The first publication under The MasterCard Foundation-IFC Program on Financial Inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa covers the experience with Partnerships in Mobile Financial Services. Learn more about the structure of implementations, mechanics of aligning competitive forces and defining partner roles, supported by case studies and lessons learned.
Publish Date: 9/30/13
Women entrepreneurs are changing the face of the global economy, helping to sustain job creation and economic growth. IFC is playing a catalyzing role working with partners and financial institutions worldwide to profitably and sustainably serve businesses owned and run by women. Learn more about our investment and advisory work in gender finance from this factsheet.
Publish Date: 9/23/13
IFC is taking a leadership role to bring investors back to the housing market by encouraging more sustainable practices from the financial institutions in which IFC invests. Learn more about IFC's work in Housing Finance from this factsheet.
Publish Date: 8/8/13
This issue of the Global Index insurance Facility features Jin-Yong Cai, IFC CEO, addressing SANASA tea farmers with index insurance in Sri Lanka, an interview with an IFC Africa manager, David Crush in which he emphasizes the link between insurance and access to financial services and 14 country updates from the World Bank GIIF Team.
Publish Date: 7/30/13
This issue features articles on Kilimo Salama - they just passed the 100,000 farmer mark in Kenya and Rwanda - the new MiCRO project recently launched in Haiti, an interview with Christina Ulardic/Vice President Swiss Re and IFC GIIF partner Country Updates.
Publish Date: 7/30/13
IFC Mobile Money Scoping Reports present macro-economic overview of a given country, assess its financial/telecom sectors, regulatory framework and distribution landscape, evaluate transformative MFS initiatives and identify potential IFC support in the sector.
Publish Date: 7/25/13
IFC's Responsible Finance program, part of Access to Finance Advisory, focuses on operational practices that emphasize the needs of end clients, encompassing issues of transparency, disclosure, fairness of pricing, dignified treatment of customers, and product and services quality, to ensure sound provision of financial services.
Publish Date: 7/22/13
Each year, the Financial Access report aspires to include data on an increasing number of financial service providers, based on data availability. Financial
Access 2011 was an exception that provided an overview of the supply-side data landscape with little fresh data. Financial Access 2012 builds on the
work done in Financial Access 2009 and Financial Access 2010 to provide new data on financial access. Using eight years of data (2004–2011) from the
IMF’s Financial Access Survey (FAS) in combination with other relevant data, Financial Access 2012 further contributes to measuring and analyzing the
current state of financial inclusion.
Publish Date: 7/8/13
IFC's Sustainable Energy Finance program is a joint product of Access to Finance Advisory Services (A2F) and Financial Markets (FM) to support financial intermediary lending to clean and resource-efficient projects as well as renewable energy investments in emerging markets. Learn more about the Sustainable Energy Finance program's approach, services, and achievements in this factsheet.
Publish Date: 5/31/13
IFC Environmental Social Risk Management program aims to support financial intermediaries (FIs) in improving their environmental and social risk management practices, ensuring that their lending to economic activities does not come at the cost of human well-being, natural resources, and vital ecosystems.
Publish Date: 5/31/13
The Bank of Japan and IFC Access to Finance Advisory Services co-hosted a workshop on Small and Medium Enterprise Finance — "Experiences from Japan and Emerging Markets" —on the occasion of the 2012 IMF–World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Tokyo. The workshop brought together government officials and practitioners with experience and interest in SME finance to share knowledge and lessons learned about Japan's experienced in SME finance as well as IFC's work in this area in emerging markets.
Publish Date: 3/21/13
IFC’s report identifies innovations that can help bankers in developing countries who wish to finance agricultural small and medium enterprises. The “Innovative Agricultural SME Finance Models” report draws from a stocktaking exercise of 100 cases to isolate the most promising examples of innovative financing, risk mitigation and distribution models.
Publish Date: 3/4/13
IFC Advisory Services Access to Finance business line's 2012 Annual Review takes stock of the accomplishments of the past fiscal year as we carried forward with the commitment to improve access to financial services for individuals, households, and small businesses, combining investment and advisory offerings for 92 percent of our clients. It also tells the story of how Access to Finance Advisory Services made direct impact on the ground, expanded the client base worldwide, reaching over 1,000 entities in nearly 100 countries, and forged new partnerships to increase leverage in key areas of SMEs, financial infrastructure and micro/retail finance.