Bangladesh is witnessing an impressive transition from an agro-based economy to a manufacturing economy. IFC initiated the Bangladesh corporate government project in 2011 to improve financial performance and operational efficiency by promoting better corporate governance practices among financial institutions and medium sized family businesses.
With IFC Support Bangladesh Improves Government to Business Services
Bangladesh is harnessing information technology to better the country's business environment as part of its sweeping "Digital Bangladesh by 2021" agenda. With World Bank Group support, the government has automated several processes for starting a business, introduced an online system for paying taxes, and modernized Central Bank services for commercial banks nationwide. The plan aims to boost economic growth by making government services more efficient and transparent.
IFC SME Toolkit: Promoting Entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka
In 2008, IFC and Dialog, Sri Lanka's largest mobile network, became partners to promote the SME Toolkit, a free online platform for small-business owners. Through this partnership, Dialog used the SME Toolkit to train its retailers and help build their business-management capacity by providing helpful management tools. [TOPICS: Farmer and SME Training, SMEs, Women / REGION: South Asia]
IFC Promotes Women in Seed Production in Rural Bangladesh
IFC partnered with Rural Development Academy, Bogra, to train women in the seed business in Bangladesh's Chars, which is one of the areas most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The women were trained in seed production, preservation and marketing. The training was an innovative approach to engaging the women in income-generating activities, close to their homes. [TOPICS: Farmer and SME Training, Women / REGION: South Asia / SECTOR: Agribusiness]
IFC Helps Promote Off-grid Lighting Solutions in Rural India
"IFC helps in providing off-grid lighting solutions in India through sustainable business models that will bring clean and affordable lighting to the homes of 2 million people in India by 2015. [TOPICS: Clean Energy, Climate Change, Women / REGION: South Asia / SECTOR: Power]
The Sweet Taste of Success: IFC Supports Productivity for Sugarcane Farmers in Rural India
Sugarcane farmers in India's low-income state of Uttar Pradesh are increasing sugarcane productivity with the IFC-sponsored agribusiness advisory project Meetha Sona, or "Sweet Gold." IFC is working with its investment client DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited (DSCL) to develop a package of practices based on sugar's specific agro-climatic needs in India. [TOPICS: Food, Farmer and SME Training / REGION: South Asia / SECTOR: Agribusiness]
IFC Cleaner-Production Initiative Yields Significant Savings for Bangladeshi Textile Factories
IFC and its partners have helped textile factories in Bangladesh save $1 million and reduce water consumption by 75 million liters under a cleaner-production initiative that is designed to make the country's garment industry more sustainable and globally competitive. [TOPICS: Climate Change, Resource Efficiency, Water / REGION: South Asia / SECTOR: Manufacturing]
Building Capacity Among Seed Growers in Bangladesh
This film is based on an external evaluation of IFC's capacity-building efforts of seed growers clusters in Bangladesh- focusing on the community of Andulbaria. [TOPICS: Farmer and SME Training, Food / REGION: South Asia / SECTOR: Agribusiness]
This Monitor Film is part of an evaluation series titled Global Challenges and Impact: "Food Security" features IFC's capacity-building efforts among seed growers in Bangladesh and onion farmers in India. [TOPICS: Food, Farmer and SME Training / REGION: South Asia / SECTOR: Agribusiness]