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IFC and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As part of the World Bank Group’s response to the pandemic, IFC is deploying fast-track financing to help keep companies in business and preserve jobs.

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A strong and engaged private sector is indispensable to ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. That’s where IFC comes in—we have more than 60 years of experience in unlocking private investment, creating markets and opportunities where they’re needed most. Since 1956, IFC has invested more than $321 billion in emerging markets and developing economies.

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Across the world, our investments and advice help the private sector create jobs, improve basic services, foster small enterprises, and more. These stories demonstrate how IFC clients are making a difference in people’s lives.

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How Ukraine’s Private Sector Supports Businesses in Crisis

How Ukraine’s Private Sector Supports Businesses in Crisis

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Climate Adaptation: It's Everybody's Business

Climate Adaptation: It's Everybody's Business

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The Quest for Affordable Housing in Bangladesh

The Quest for Affordable Housing in Bangladesh

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New Clearance Procedures Save Time at Macedonian Border

New Clearance Procedures Save Time at Macedonian Border

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Creating Markets


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IFC works to create markets that give new opportunities to people in developing countries. These stories show how our innovative approaches have helped solve some of the largest problems in countries or, sometimes, entire regions.

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Combatting the Marine Plastics Crisis

Combatting the Marine Plastics Crisis

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Paving the Way for Türkiye’s Digital Future

Paving the Way for Türkiye’s Digital Future

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Yemeni Company Feeds Millions Despite Relentless Challenges

Yemeni Company Feeds Millions Despite Relentless Challenges

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Colombia's Rebound

Colombia's Rebound

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For Venezuelans in Colombia, Micro-loans Offer a Fresh Start

For Venezuelans in Colombia, Micro-loans Offer a Fresh Start

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About IFC

We work with the private sector in developing countries to create markets that open up opportunities for all.

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.

We apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial, operational, and other challenges.

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  • 7.9 Million

    Students Reached

  • 3.6 Million

    Farmers Reached

  • $211 Billion

    in Trade-Finance Volume

  • $459 Billion

    in Impact from SME loans

  • Figures estimate development impact of our client investments in 2020.

    For more information, visit IFC.org/AnnualReport.

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