Providing advice is a critical part of IFC’s strategy to create markets and mobilize private investment. Through this work, we help establish the necessary conditions that will attract the most private capital, enabling the private sector to grow.
IFC is shifting to a more strategic approach, systematically linking our advisory programs to the greatest needs identified in World Bank Group country and sector strategies. We will increasingly focus on developing high-impact projects that can help our clients attract the financing they need — particularly in the poorest and most conflict-affected areas of the world.
We help companies:
- Attract private investors and partners, enter new markets, and increase their impact. We provide tailored market insights as well as advice on how to improve companies’ operational performance and sustainability.
- Adopt good practices and standards to increase competitiveness and productivity
We help governments:
- Structure public-private partnerships to improve people’s access to high-quality infrastructure and basic services.
- Implement reforms that encourage private investment.
IFC’s advisory platform consists of seasoned experts, with 80 percent of our advisory staff based in the field. In FY21, our advisory portfolio stood at $1.4 billion, encompassing just over 800 advisory projects in more than 100 countries. Our PPP transaction advisory work mobilized $3.2 billion of private capital, which directly contributes to IFC Long Term Finance. Fifty-four (54) percent of IFC’s advisory program was in IDA countries, 21 percent was in FCS areas, and 24 percent on climate. Forty-two (42) percent included efforts to close economic gaps between men and women, such as jobs, finance, and markets. Thirty (30) percent of our Advisory project support Upstream interventions. Our advisory staff members remain close to clients, with almost 80 percent based in the field.