Anticipated Impact Measurement and Monitoring (AIMM)

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The Anticipated Impact Measurement and Monitoring (AIMM) system, launched in July 2017, is IFC’s development impact rating system. Potential projects are rated and selected on the basis of their expected development outcomes. This approach enables us to set ambitious yet achievable targets, select projects with the greatest potential for development impact, and optimize project design.

The AIMM system enables IFC to assess a project’s outcomes as well as its effect on market creation. It looks at how project beneficiaries — including employees, customers, and suppliers — are affected. It also examines broader effects on the economy and society. With the AIMM system, IFC can examine how a project promotes objectives that contribute to the creation of markets — by enhancing competitiveness, resilience, integration, inclusiveness, and sustainability.

Ultimately, the system helps IFC maintain a line of sight from our intermediate objectives to the World Bank Group’s twin goals and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The AIMM system incorporates country context in all of its assessments and captures greater development impact potential in projects that seek to address the widest gaps in the most difficult environments. IFC has developed sector frameworks that provide the analytical support to facilitate the assessment of a project’s expected outcomes and contribution to market creation. Sector frameworks present the development impact thesis that motivates IFC’s involvement in a sector.

Projects Assessed and Scored

IFC has now assessed more than 750 investment projects for their expected development impact and assigned ex-ante — or expected — AIMM scores to each of them. Ex-ante AIMM scores are fully integrated into investment teams’ decision making, allowing IFC managers to weigh development impact considerations against a range of strategic objectives, including return, risk, country, and thematic priorities.

During FY19, IFC committed 187 projects that were scored for ex-ante development impact using the AIMM system. The average ex-ante AIMM score for these projects was 64, or “good.” The share of AIMM-scored projects that were rated “very strong” for ex-ante market creation potential totaled 12 percent.

Learn more about FY19 AIMM scores

Average AIMM Scores for Committed Projects in IDA/FCS Countries and for Blended Finance

DESCRIPTION AVERAGE
AIMM SCORE
Committed Projects in FCS countries 69
Committed Projects in FCS/LIC/IDA17 countries 70
Committed Projects in IDA countries 68
Committed projects using blended finance 76

FY19 committed Projects: Ex-Ante AIMM Score

BY REGION NUMBER OF
PROJECTS SCORED
AIMM SCORE
AVERAGE
RATED VERY
STRONG MARKET
Sub-Saharan Africa 44 66 8 18%
Latin America and the Caribbean 38 59 4 11%
East Asia and the Pacific 37 64 5 14%
Middle East and North Africa 12 56 2 17%
Europe and Central Asia 14 62 2 14%
Global 8 70 2 25%
South Asia 34 69 0 0%

 

BY INDUSTRY NUMBER OF
PROJECTS SCORED
AIMM SCORE
AVERAGE
RATED VERY
STRONG MARKET
Manufacturing, Agribusiness,
and Services
63 63 3 5%
Financial Institutions Group 84 61 8 10%
Infrastructure and Natural
Resources
19 67 4 21%
Telecom, Media, Technology, and
Venture Investing
34 71 10 29%