IFC at the 2024 IMF and World Bank Group Spring Meetings

April 15, 2024
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The 2024 IMF-World Bank Group Spring Meetings took place from April 15-20 in Washington, D.C., bringing together leaders from government, private sector, civil society, and academia to explore solutions to tackle global challenges head-on.

For IFC, the Spring Meetings offered a crucial forum to engage stakeholders around our efforts to push the frontiers of development finance - and the vital importance of private capital to ending poverty on a livable planet.

Featured Events

Energizing Africa: What Will It Take to Achieve Universal Energy Access?

April 17, 10 AM ET / 14:00 GMT

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About the Event

Over half a billion people in Sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of being left behind without electricity access by 2030, with nearly 400 million of them living in countries subject to fragility, conflict, and violence. Africa is where the energy access battle will be won or lost. Without access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy, the region will not reach its development aspirations or achieve an economic transformation that can lift millions out of poverty.

Together with partners, the World Bank Group has already begun efforts to deploy innovative financial and technical solutions that are essential for accelerating electrification rates that outpace population growth.

The discussion focused on what it will take to scale up the solutions and investments that will help connect millions more Africans to electricity and transform African economies.

Transforming Challenge into Action: Expanding Health Coverage for All

April 18, 1:00 PM ET / 17:00 GMT

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About the Event

Health care is an investment, not an expense.  Affordable accessible health care can unlock human capital and economic dividends for countries.

Today, over half of the world’s population―around 4.5 billion people―lack access to essential health services. And two billion people face financial hardships due to health-related expenses. This is compounded by a range of growing risks such as climate change, pandemics, fragility, and conflict.

Watch the replay of this event to learn how the World Bank is working closely with countries and partners to address these challenges and help ensure more people across the world have greater access to high quality and affordable health care.