IFC has worked with the Principal Officers Association of South Africa (POA) and engaged the South African retirement industry to create the “Responsible Investment and Ownership: A Guide for Pension Funds in South Africa.”
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: Climate Change
The project strengthened the ability of local telemarketers to develop effective sales pitches, pharmacy owners to draft sounder business plans, and managers to acquire the necessary skills to motivate teams and better serve the customer.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs
The project provides technical training that helps growers maintain soil quality, recycle water, and produce quality crops, and business training that enables farmers to increase efficiency. As a result, Unifrutti commands a higher price for its produce in specialized markets, and in turn offers higher prices to farmers.
Region: East Asia & the Pacific / Strategic Priority: Climate Change
IFC is working with Minoterie de Matadi, a flour and feed milling company in the Democratic Republic of Congo known as MIDEMA, to strengthen its value chain by providing IFC’s Business Edge training to farmers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and facilitating their links to financial institutions and their access to finance.
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Fragile States
IFC is working with Pan-African University’s Enterprise Development Center to strengthen small enterprises by providing business management training and advice, and recently helped organize a business plan competition called Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWIN) to encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners to create new business ideas.
In 2008, IFC and IBRD, along with other partners in Russia, conducted comprehensive market research that concluded: If Russia maximized its energy efficiency potential, the country could reduce primary energy consumption by as much as 45 percent – an amount equal to the annual consumption of France or the United Kingdom.
Region: Europe & Central Asia / Strategic Priority: Infrastructure
IFC worked with Business Partners Limited (BPL), a South Africa-based specialty risk finance firm, to create Business Partners International (BPI) in 2004. The firm operates private equity funds in central and southern African countries. Small business owners who have attended IFC’s Business Edge management workshops have accessed financing through these funds.
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Fragile States
IFC works with raisin and pomegranate famers to increase the quality and quantity of their crop through farm extension services and farm management training. The training provides them with information about harvesting, grading, and storing their product, and enables them to access new markets in Afghanistan and abroad.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priorities: Agriculture, SMEs / Key Topic: Fragile States
IFC is working with the Yemen Education For Employment Foundation (YEFE) to increase employment among the country’s women and college-educated youth, two segments of society with higher than average unemployment rates. Using IFC’s Business Edge management training, YEFE prepares participants to start their own enterprises or get jobs that were pre-committed by sponsor companies.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topics: Fragile States, Women
IFC is working with BLC Bank to improve access to finance and support the growth of women-owned businesses in Lebanon. With IFC support, BLC Bank launched the Women’s Empowerment Initiative, offering a range of services tailored to women-owned businesses.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Women
IFC is working with Bangladeshi poultry farmers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to tackle low productivity and facilitate the adoption of waste to energy technologies. Focusing on the country’s most poultry intensive regions, IFC educates farmers and SMEs on best practices and builds capacity in disease management and bio-security.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priorities: Agribusiness, SMEs
IFC is working with SOFIHDES, a private development finance corporation, to provide IFC's Business Edge management training to entrepreneurs and SME owners in Haiti. By partnering with SOFIHDES, IFC has been able to develop a market for small business management training and help more than 2,700 SME owners rebuild their businesses following the 2010 earthquake.
Region: Latin America & the Caribbean / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topics: Fragile States, Job Creation, Women
IFC works with Chindex, a leading private healthcare network in China, to promote women at all levels of its operations. Founded by two women, including its current CEO, Chindex is dedicated to empowering its female staff through leadership and training initiatives. IFC has provided $45 million in financing to support the company’s growth.
Region: East Asia & the Pacific / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Women
IFC has a strong relationship with Ecom through its Investment and Advisory Services. IFC and Ecom worked together in Central America to strengthen farmers' coffee-growing practices and now expand the success of the program in other coffee-producing countries around the world.
IFC works with Belcorp, a Peruvian door-to-door sales cosmetics company, to expand its business model focusing on women entrepreneurs. The company provides opportunities for self-employment and additional income to over one million women in 16 Latin American countries and generates $1.9 billion in revenues annually.
Region: Latin America & the Caribbean / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Gender
IFC is working with international mining company Rio Tinto in Guinea to ensure the participation of local businesses in its supply chain as it develops its Simandou iron ore project. This work builds on IFC's pilot program, "Guinea Linkages" in which local businesses that improved their capacity were awarded over $7 million in mining sector contracts.
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topics: Communities, Women, Jobs, Fragile States
The state of Gujarat in India, which enjoys more than 300 sunny days a year, has a long-term goal of making its capital, Gandhinagar, a solar-powered city. As a first step, Gujarat turned to IFC to help with an innovative 5 MW rooftop solar project to add power generating capacity, develop contractual models for further solar projects, and demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of rooftop-based solar power.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Climate Change
IFC works with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and farmers in the Nepalese poultry sector to strengthen their technical skills, increase profitability, and expand access to markets. Through building capacity of three local poultry companies and 3,000 poultry farmers, IFC addresses industry-wide challenges, such as lack of veterinarian skills and bio-security standards, low production efficiency, and limited farm management know-how.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness / Key Topic: Gender
IFC is working with Russia’s industrial sector to increase investments in resource efficiency technologies that reduce both costs and pollution. So far, IFC has worked with 58 entities, including companies such as UAZ-Metallurgia and Kuibyshev Azot, and has facilitated $312 million in resource efficiency investments, allowing companies to mitigate environmental damage, increase profits, become more competitive, and attract more capital.
Region: Europe & Central Asia / Strategic Priority: Manufacturing / Key Topic: Climate Change
IFC is working with eight olive oil companies – representing the majority of the sector in the West Bank and Gaza – to develop supply chains, improve quality, and increase exports. IFC is advising on how to access international markets, obtain financing, find ways to use byproducts from olive oil processing, and reduce negative environmental impacts.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness / Key Topic: Fragile States