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Development Impact — Education Sector

IFC’s aim is to help develop socially responsible private education and make a difference in people’s lives by:

Supporting investment in education infrastructure and services:

  • Over the past 10 years, we have invested more than $600 million in education companies in emerging markets (February 2012).  We have 69 projects with over $1.5 billion in total project value in 33 countries.

Supporting investment in the poorest countries to spur sustainable growth:

  • Thirty seven percent of our portfolio projects are located in the world’s poorest developing countries.

Increasing access to education for people of all income levels:

  • IFC projects educate about 1.5 million students annually.

Providing employment opportunities for local education professionals:

  • IFC-supported education facilities employ about 16,000 people in developing countries.

Sharing best practice:

  • IFC organizes numerous events and learning opportunities including our biennial International Private Education Conference, which brings our clients together with thought leaders from business, education, and academia. Presentations of previous IFC-organized conferences can be viewed at Events/Presentations.

Influencing education policy:

  • We bring together education professionals and policymakers through numerous international and regional conferences and seminars aimed at exploring public-private collaboration and partnerships.

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