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Publish Date: 8/1/17
This report, and an accompanying report on thermal and electric energy efficiency, provide a summary of international best practice experience in the cement sector and focus on specific technical measures that could be implemented by cement plants to reduce their operating costs and improve their carbon footprints. The reports provide a plethora of practical information from implemented projects and include detailed technical descriptions, estimates of capital and operating costs, as well as case studies and references from locations where the measures have been implemented. A combination of general and in-depth information will make these reports a helpful read to both management and technical and operating personnel of cement plants as well as to a larger range of stakeholders.
Publish Date: 7/31/17
The Life and Fire Safety Good Practice Note on Hospitals is a guideline for investment projects in both new and existing occupancies.
Publish Date: 7/31/17
The Life and Fire Safety Good Practice Note on Hotels is a guideline for investment projects in both new and existing occupancies.
Publish Date: 7/30/17
A study by IFC and Habib Bank Limited (HBL) on how gender awareness training can help banks attract more female depositors and provide women with crucial access to credit. The study surveyed over 13,000 HBL employees and examined the differences between employees who had undergone gender awareness training and those who had not. Gender Intelligence for Banks Moving the Needle on Gender Equality
Publish Date: 7/26/17
Blockchain has enormous potential for emerging markets. These nations appear poised for a more rapid adoption of blockchain, though a framework is needed to assess how the technology can be deployed and which applications and use cases are likely to be seen first. While the potential of blockchain is great, the technology is still at an early stage of development and will need to overcome potential setbacks—technical, regulatory, and organizational—before it becomes mainstream. In such a context of uncertainty, companies in emerging markets can neither afford to wait until the outcome is evident nor expose their existing business models to overly risky wholescale blockchain initiatives. Instead, they will need to adopt an experimental approach that allows them to develop options and thereby learn in the process, inform their strategies, and improve their value propositions.
English | 7 Pages - July - Note 41 | IFC, 2017
Publish Date: 7/26/17
Blockchain is an exciting new technology that may prove to be a radical innovation with the power to disrupt existing economic and business models. It has the potential to deliver productivity gains to multiple industries, from the financial sector to energy markets, supply chains, intellectual property management, the public sector, and beyond. And blockchain may also prove particularly valuable in emerging market economies. Yet the technology is in early stages of development and serious challenges and risks, both technical and regulatory, will need to be addressed before it achieves widespread adoption. Questions remain about blockchain’s scalability, interoperability, security, transition costs, data privacy, and governance. And business leaders and policy makers will need to think long and hard about when and under what conditions a blockchain initiative may be warranted.
English | 6 Pages - July - Note 40 | IFC, 2017
Publish Date: 7/20/17
CG Focus is a regular installment produced by the IFC Corporate Governance Group in Indonesia to provide IFC clients with insights into the evolving corporate governance landscape in Indonesia and advocate the adoption of leading governance practices.
Publish Date: 7/19/17
Publish Date: 7/18/17
La publication analize el impacto generado por el Codigo Pais 2007 sobre las practicas organizacionales de los emisores de valores en Colombia.
Publish Date: 6/30/17
The following features are a compilation of IFC’s Hydro Advisory team work with EDL-Gen, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Hydropower Developers' Working Group with support from the Australian government from 2013-2017 in Lao PDR.
Publish Date: 6/27/17
This report serves as a practical tool for developers and investors who are interested in biomass-to-energy projects and wish to assess the technical and financial feasibility of different options for their businesses and industries. It covers modern biomass-to-energy technologies where biomass derives from the agricultural, food and beverage, and wood processing sectors. It can help with the adoption of best practices in the development, construction, operation, and financing of projects in this area.
Publish Date: 6/26/17
Draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Guidelines for Hydropower Projects In Myanmar and English Languages
These ESIA guidelines are required to provide clear, consistent and comprehensive guidance on legal requirements; key issues in project design, construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning; and management plans that will provide guidance on what should be in an ESIA and how to review it. The current drafts in English and Myanmar language are now released for review and comment by all interested stakeholders by July 27, 2017.
Publish Date: 6/22/17
Small and medium enterprises in emerging markets often lack access to the credit and liquidity they require for their daily working capital needs. This is partly due to the fact that the credit risk of such businesses is typically difficult to assess and their working capital needs are unpredictable. In most countries these businesses operate primarily in the retail and wholesale trade segments, and banks have generally not done enough to finance their domestic or international trade operations. Supply chain finance structures offer an alternative solution to finance the trade flows of these enterprises, with benefits for all stakeholders, including large enterprises, their SME trade counterparts, and financial institutions.
English | 7 Pages - June - Note 39 | IFC, 2017
Publish Date: 6/21/17
The main objective of the Nam Ou River Basin Profile is to compile and present available background information on the Nam Ou Basin, one of the most important river systems in Lao PDR. It aims to provide baseline data for monitoring changes and comparing past and future trends for the planning and management of: (i) water resources allocation, (ii) hydropower development, (iii) community livelihoods, and (iv) emergency responses. The Profile was developed in collaboration with Government of Lao PDR water resource managers at the national, provincial and district levels.
Publish Date: 6/16/17
IFC Transparency and Disclosure Toolkit is a knowledge leadership publication. It supports IFC’s broader effort to enhance transparency and disclosure in the countries and companies it works with—as investor or adviser—through better corporate reporting.
Publish Date: 6/13/17
This report provides a summary of international best practice experience in the cement sector and focuses on specific technical measures that could be implemented by cement plants to reduce their operating costs and improve their carbon footprints. It offers a plethora of practical information from implemented projects and includes detailed technical descriptions, capital and operating costs, and case studies and references from locations where the measures were implemented. Its information, which is both general and in-depth, can be helpful to management, technical, operating personnel of cement plants as well as to a larger range of stakeholders.
Publish Date: 6/1/17
Good Practice Handbook on Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets
This Good Practice Handbook on Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets proposes a six-step process to assist private sector companies in emerging markets identify cumulative impacts and guide them in the effective design and implementation of measures to manage such cumulative effects.
Publish Date: 5/31/17
The general objectives of the overall ESIA Guidelines are to provide support to the Government of Myanmar and promote the sustainable development of Myanmar’s natural resources while enhancing basin management planning.
Publish Date: 5/31/17
Overview of the Corporate Governance Program in East Asia and the Pacific region, with examples of IFC clients' companies in the region.
Publish Date: 5/24/17
Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, has the potential to address many problems in emerging markets. In this note we consider whether blockchain can be used to mitigate de-risking by financial institutions, which affects receivers of remittances, businesses that need correspondent banking relationships, and charities working in conflict countries.
English | 5 Pages - May - Note 38 | IFC, 2017
Publish Date: 5/16/17
Quarterly newsletter that highlights IFC's corporate governance work around the world, including news and events, latest indicators, media coverage, reports and publications.
Publish Date: 5/10/17
IFC and The Nature Conservancy Joint Statement on System-Scale Planning for Hydropower Development at the World Hydropower Congress 2017
On occasion of The World Hydropower Congress being held in Addis Abba from May 9-11 2017, which assembles government leaders, businesses, finance, and civil society to share and exchange in discussions to deliver better hydropower and development for all, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) jointly recognize the value of “landscape” or system-scale planning as a standard of good international industry practice for enhancing the sustainability of hydropower development.
Publish Date: 5/5/17
IFC Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets
This reference document draws on IFC's learning experiences, as well as the current thinking and practices of our client companies and other institutions. This handbook aims to provide the reader with the good practice “essentials” for managing stakeholder relationships in a dynamic context, where unexpected events can and do occur, and facts on the ground change.
Publish Date: 5/4/17
This newsletter offers insights into the global health sector gained from IFC's experience as the largest multilateral investor focused on private healthcare in emerging markets and from IFC's robust network of clients.