In late March, the IFC and the Department of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment hosted an intensive 5-day training program to help government officials from Lao PDR improve their negotiation skills.
In Lao PDR, gender equity is key to national development. Since the economic reforms of the 1980s, women have experienced positive changes on many fronts, including more economic participation and a narrowing of gender gaps in school enrollments.
In an op-ed in The Bangkok Post for International Women's Day, IFC Asia Pacific Vice President, Karin Finkelston writes that companies who assess how they recruit, promote and retain women make bigger profits and have happier staff.
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 train
IFC in East Asia and the Pacific focuses on supporting sustainable, private sector-led development to ensure the region’s economic growth reaches all segments of society. Around half of our investments in fiscal year 2012 were in the region’s poorest countries with IFC opening up access to finance for small and medium enterprises, connecting rural households to electricity for the first time, improving access to healthcare, and fighting climate change by improving energy efficiency.