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South Asia 

IFC committed a 15-year loan of $75 million to Powerlinks Transmission Limited in Bhutan to feed power to electricity-starved northern India and help generate revenues for Bhutan
IFC is taking an integrated approach to support the country’s capital markets – an exciting combination of off- and onshore programs, and advisory services intended to support the country’s growth agenda.
IFC is helping leading Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers access additional financing, creating opportunities for the sector to expand.
IFC and the Indian government have delivered the largest, first-in-kind $1 billion rupee-linked off-shore bond program at a crucial time for India.
“Never let a crisis go without seeking change” IFC, Indian business leaders agree.

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IFC South Asia

Kirloskar Oil Engines, Republic Forge Company and Assam Sillimanite were IFC’s first investments in South Asia in 1959 and 1960. Ever since, we have identified promising companies, either helping establish them or supporting their growth. IFC today has a total portfolio of $4.6 billion in the region, financing and advising first of its kind projects to push the development agenda.


To grow opportunities for the underserved, IFC in South Asia has concentrated on low-income, rural, and fragile regions while building infrastructure and assisting public-private-partnerships; facilitating renewable energy generation; promoting cleaner production, energy and water efficiency; supporting agriculture; creating growth opportunities for small businesses; reforming investment climate; encouraging low-income housing; and making affordable healthcare accessible.


IFC financed HDFC when it was being set up in India in the 1970s. Today it is not just a household name but the harbinger of a vibrant mortgage market in housing finance. We continue to innovate and our advisory team scoped the potential market for low-income housing becoming the first ones to take our private sector investment client, Dewan Housing, into this impactful segment through a joint venture named Aadhar that enables low-income borrowers to take affordable home loans.


Through these strategic investments and advisory interventions in the region, IFC aims to promote inclusive growth, particularly in the low income states of India and post-conflict and frontier parts of the region; help address climate change impacts; and encourage global and regional integration including promoting investments from South Asia into Africa. Inclusion, Climate Change, and Integration are three pillars of our strategy in the South Asia region.


We have made ourselves a valued partner in a very dynamic region. We are keen to make South Asia a hub for innovations to deliver on our vision of creating opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives.

Investing in South Asia

IFC offers a wide variety of financial products and services for private sector projects in developing countries...

Advisory Services in South Asia

IFC Advisory programs are funded from its net income along with co-funding from other donors. IFC manages these programs either directly or in partnership with enterprises and institutions. IFC South Asia Advisory Services are headquartered in New Delhi...

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