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Mar 4, 2013

Innovative Agricultural SME Finance Models

IFC’s report identifies innovations that can help bankers in developing countries who wish to finance agricultural small and medium enterprises. The “Innovative Agricultural SME Finance Models” report draws from a stocktaking exercise of 100 cases to isolate the most promising examples of innovative financing, risk mitigation and distribution models.

Feb 28, 2013

Sustainability Reporting Handbook for Vietnamese Companies

The Handbook on Sustainability Reporting - a guide for listed companies in Vietnam, was produced by IFC in collaboration with the State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC), the Vietnamese stock exchanges, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).The publication helps companies understand, manage and disclose their environmental and social performance, and  take first steps towards meeting their sustainable development goals.

50 pages | © February 2013 IFC | Complimentary

Jan 3, 2013

Access to Finance Annual Review 2012

IFC Advisory Services Access to Finance business line's 2012 Annual Review  takes stock of the accomplishments of the past fiscal year as we carried forward with the commitment to improve access to financial services for individuals, households, and small businesses, combining investment and advisory offerings for 92 percent of our clients. It also tells the story of how Access to Finance Advisory Services made direct impact on the ground, expanded the client base worldwide, reaching over 1,000 entities in nearly 100 countries, and forged new partnerships to increase leverage in key areas of SMEs, financial infrastructure and micro/retail finance.

Dec 6, 2012

IFC Advisory Services Microfinance Factsheet 2012

IFC Microfinance Advisory Services works with clients to strengthen and expand microfinance by delivering targeted interventions in institution building and strengthening, transformation, risk management, micro and retail product development, and downscaling. Learn more about IFC's approach of achieving impact through scale, expanding product diversification, and advancing responsible finance practices, in this factsheet.

Dec 5, 2012

GIIF Newsletter - Issue 4 - October-November 2012

This issue of the Global Index Insurance Facility newsletter features an interview with Dominique Davoux (Head of Rural Development, European Union Delegation to Kenya) on the role of index insurance in Kenya, an overview of the GIIF program to date, a farmer testimonial from Rwanda and more.

Nov 7, 2012

IFC Advisory Services Access to Finance Factsheet 2012

IFC’s Access to Finance Advisory Services (A2F) help increase the availability and affordability of financial services for individuals and micro, small, and medium enterprises.

Oct 24, 2012

GIIF Newsletter - Issue 3 - August-September 2012

Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF) is an innovative IFC-led program aimed to expand access to index-based insurance for natural disasters and weather risks in developing countries. Learn more about GIIF projects, funding updates and upcoming industry events from this newsletter

Oct 22, 2012

Retail Payments Factsheet

IFC’s Global Retail Payments program aims to support the development of innovative and sustainable payment solutions using technologies such as mobile phones and payment card infrastructure to deliver payment and other financial services at a low cost. Learn more about the Global Retail Payment program's approach, services, and achievements in this factsheet.

Oct 9, 2012

Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid

Based on interviews with 14 founders and CEOs of IFC client companies, the report identifies a number of lessons on inclusive business, including the need to balance short-term returns with long-term goals and the importance of knowledge of local conditions, needs, and capabilities. The stories also reflect the overarching optimism these leaders share about the future of inclusive business.

Sep 28, 2012

2012 Global Microscope

The 2012 Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment is an annual study that offers an in-depth analysis of the enabling environment in microfinance for 55 countries around the Globe. 

Sep 4, 2012

Capturing Our Impact: Their Stories

This book demonstrates transformative effect of giving the poor and small businesses access to financial services that previously were out of reach. These are the stories from around the world of 20 people whose lives have changed and small business owners who have profited.

Aug 3, 2012

GIIF Newsletter - Issue 2 - June/July 2012

Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF) is an innovative IFC-led program aimed to expand access to index-based insurance for natural disasters and weather risks in developing countries. Learn more about GIIF projects, funding updates and upcoming industry events from this newsletter.

Aug 1, 2012

Customer Management in SME Banking Guide

Customer Management in SME Banking Guide aims to share and disseminate critical information for managing the SME client relationship, allowing banks that already serve the SME sector to move beyond lending to better capture the SME Banking opportunity.

Aug 1, 2012

La Hipotecaria

La Hipotecaria Holding Inc. (LH Holding), a full-service housing finance company, specializes in originating, servicing and securitizing residential mortgages for low- and lower middle-income borrowers, the majority of whom are first time home buyers. It approves approximately 360 loans per month in Panama and 90 loans per month in El Salvador. As of 2012, the company had issued more than 20,000 loans.

Aug 1, 2012

PT Summit Oto

PT Summit Oto Finance (OTO), a motorcycle financing company in Indonesia, provides small loans to low and middle-income borrowers, with most loans going to individuals earning between $150-$300 per month, and many without bank accounts. OTO engages unbanked borrowers by basing its strategy on the microfinance model, increasing the mobility of low and middle-income borrowers, enabling greater access to markets and services. The company has 173 branches and cooperates with more than 4,000 authorized motorcycle dealers.

Aug 1, 2012

Agrofinanzas (now Bankaool)

Agrofinanzas S.A. de C.V. (now Bankaool S.A.) is a specialized, non-deposit taking financial institution that on-lends to farmers and rural companies in Mexico. Created in 2005, Bankaool has provided access to the first formal financial services for nearly 5,000 clients. The company has approximately $100 million in its loan portfolio, and 99% of its clients earn less than $1,200 per month.

Aug 1, 2012

Nib International Bank

Founded in 1999, Nib International Bank S.C. (NIB) is one of Ethiopia’s fastest-growing private banks, with total assets having grown 64% between 2008 and 2010 to reach $400 million. It is headquartered in Addis Ababa and operates a network of 48 branches, providing extensive coverage throughout the country.

Aug 1, 2012

Aadhar Housing Finance

Aadhar Housing Finance Ltd. (AHFL) seeks to extend opportunities for home ownership to low- and lower middle-income households in India. Established in 2011 as a registered Housing Finance Company, AHFL is regulated by India’s National Housing Bank. In its first year of operation, AHFL disbursed 861 loans worth $8.8 million, with approximately 50% of new loans going to customers earning $100-$400 per month.

Aug 1, 2012


Tribanco is the financial intermediary for Grupo Martins, the largest wholesaler and distributor in Latin America, which services mostly family-owned micro, small and medium sized enterprises in Brazil. Tribanco provides more than 37,000 of Grupo Martins’ retailers with training and access to financing for inventory or store renovations, enabling them to remain competitive and improve profitability. It also facilitates short-term access to credit to low-income customers through credit cards offered via 9000 Grupo Martins’ retailers. More than 2.5 million credit cards are being used by low-income customers to buy food and basic necessities.

Aug 1, 2012

Grupo FinTerra, S.A. de C.V., SOFOM, ENR (FinTerra)

FinTerra is a specialized, non-deposit taking financial institution, which specializes in lending to small, medium, and large farmers and agribusinesses in Mexico. FinTerra is one of several agribusiness nonbank financial institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 2004, the company has become the largest of the independent agribusiness non-bank financial institutions in terms of loan portfolio size and shareholders’ equity.

Aug 1, 2012


Vinte is a homebuilder specializing in affordable, sustainable housing for low- and middle-income families in Mexico. Vinte’s cutting-edge technologies are helping it to introduce innovations that save homebuyers on ongoing home maintenance costs, such as designing homes to reduce gas bills by 75%, monitoring consumption of utilities through wall meters, and installing rooftop solar cells for energy production. As of June 2012, VINTE had sold more than 11,000 affordable homes.

Jul 30, 2012

Making Security Interests Public: Registration Mechanisms in 35 Jurisdictions

The report focuses on the analysis of the registration mechanisms in 35 jurisdictions, highlighting the importance of a publicly accessible registry where information on interests in movable asets can be registered. The main goals of collateral registries are to provide public notice of interests in movable assets and to establish priority in the assets described in the notice for secured creditors.

Jul 1, 2012

Policy Note on the Business Environment for Inclusive Business Models

This policy note analyzes survey answers from the G20 Challenge applicants on the regulatory obstacles they face in their businesses. It summarizes how public policy can support business models that include people at the base of the pyramid as producers or suppliers (focusing on agriculture) and as customers (focusing on affordable housing, health, education and basic financial services).

Jun 26, 2012

Financial Access 2011

Financial Access 2011 presents an overview of the landscape of financial inclusion data, with a focus on supply-side data.  The report also focuses on the gaps in financial inclusion data, recommends ways these can be addressed by different stakeholders and offers the perspectives of leading experts on financial inclusion data.

Jun 22, 2012

MoneyMoves: How Private Sector Finance Can Work for a Sustainable Future

IFC invited 15 extraordinary business leaders in environmental and social sustainability to identify challenges in the "green" growth path. They share  what they do to address them as well as what they think governments and regulators should do.

64 pages | © June 2012 IFC | Complimentary