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Advisory Results

Our experience shows that companies need more than financial investment to thrive.

To help the private sector in emerging markets, IFC provides advice, problem solving, and training to companies, industries, and governments.

Access to Finance

IFC helps increase the availability and affordability of financial services for individuals and for micro, small, and medium enterprises. We help our financial clients provide broad-based financial services and build the financial infrastructure necessary for sustainable growth and employment. 

At the end of FY13, we had an active portfolio of 263 projects—valued at $342.6 million—that promoted access to finance in 72 countries. In FY13, our advisory program expenditures reached about $62.6 million, of which 61 percent was in countries eligible to borrow from the International Development Association or IDA, the World Bank's fund for the poorest, and 13 percent was in fragile and conflict-affected areas.

Project Expenditures by Product

Access to Finance'

Access to Finance: Selected 2012 Highlights

We worked with 149 financial intermediaries, in partnership with IFC Investment Services, that provided over 14.2 million microfinance and SME loans (15 percent in IDA countries), totaling nearly $103 billion.
We supported 20 financial intermediaries, in partnership with IFC Investment Services, that provided 207,000 housing finance loans, totaling more than $7.3 billion.
We helped improve financial markets infrastructure through working with collateral registries that enabled over 40,000 SMEs to receive $4.5 billion in financing secured with movable property, and helped create, strengthen, or license four credit bureau operators.
We helped firms avoid greenhouse-gas emissions estimated at 2.3 million metric tons annually (calculation based on methodologies in place before adoption of a standardized methodology in 2012).

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