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Nov 1, 2011

Climate Finance: Engaging the Private Sector

This report was prepared at the request of G20 Finance Ministers and provides an overview of climate-related activities, clarifies the terminology, and discusses the sources of finance and public support.

28 pages | © November 2011 IFC | Complimentary

Oct 11, 2011

2011 Microscope Index

The 2011 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.

Oct 1, 2011

Strengthening Access to Finance for Women-Owned SMEs in Developing Countries

Launched at the G20 Summit in November 2011, the report highlights key trends, challenges, and opportunities for advancing women's entrepreneurship and increasing their access to finance.


98 pages | © October 2011 IFC/Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) | Complimentary

Sep 27, 2011

Credit Reporting at the Base of the Pyramid

The report takes a fresh look at the state of credit reporting at the base of the pyramid, describing three main approaches: credit bureaus, credit registries and MFI-specific systems for exchanging client information. The data and analysis for this paper are drawn from IFC and CGAP market intelligence on credit reporting systems.

Sep 22, 2011

Accelerating Inclusive Business Opportunities: Business Models that Make a Difference

IFC's newest inclusive business report, "Accelerating Inclusive Business Opportunities," identifies seven inclusive business models that expand access to goods, services, and livelihood opportunities for the world’s poorest people while generating strong financial returns. These models are helping companies turn underserved populations into dynamic consumer markets and diverse new sources of supply. 

Sep 19, 2011

Corporate SME Workouts Report

The Corporate and SME workouts: A Manual of Best Practice", is a guide for lending institution staff dealing with corporate and SME non-performing loans (NPLs). This manual deals with both ad hoc and systemic financial distress and delves into how borrower problems may have arisen in the first place. It provides guidance to lending institutions’ staff responsible for handling individual problem loans and to senior managers responsible for organizing portfolio-wide asset resolution.

Jul 1, 2011

Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa

This report recommends measures to expand sustainable investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. It forecasts that over the next five years there will be considerable growth of environmental, social, and governance considerations applied to investment in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.

Jul 1, 2011

Assessing Emerging Markets Sustainability Indices

This report explores the rapid expansion of sustainability indices in emerging markets and the potential of these indices to support broader sustainability efforts. It looks at 17 emerging market sustainability indices, comparing and contrasting business models, sustainability objectives, and construction methodologies, and identifying obstacles in establishing a viable business model.

Jun 8, 2011

Product Design Case Studies

In line with IFC's Learning Agenda on responsible financial inclusion, the Product Design Case Studies were established to bridge the gap between product design/innovation and financial inclusion, increase knowledge related to product design and development processes, and focus attention on the end beneficiaries of financial products.

Jun 1, 2011

Sustainability Reporting Guidelines: Mapping & Gap Analyses for Shanghai Stock Exchange

IFC and the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) worked with SynTao on a study of existing sustainability reporting guidelines internationally and in China, comparing these with the existing SSE requirements.

May 2, 2011

The State of Sustainable Investment in Key Emerging Markets

IFC's Advisory Services team seeks to influence, support, and enable capital allocation and portfolio management processes, using IFC's own investment practices as a model.

Apr 6, 2011

Toward Universal Access: Addressing the Global Challenge of Financial Inclusion

This publication highlights key trends, challenges, and opportunities for accelerating progress in financial inclusion and proposes major high-level poliy recommendations for consideration by the Group of 20 (G-20) policy makers to benefit a wider range of developing countries, including non-G-20 member countries.

Mar 31, 2011

Global Index Insurance Facility Presentation

This presentation includes important information on GIIF such as its facility structure, a comparison of traditional versus index-based insurance, the objectives of GIIF, local commercial capacity building, regulatory policy and capacity building and premium support.

Mar 29, 2011

Global Index Insurance Facility Factsheet

An innovative IFC-led program is expanding access to index-based insurance for natural disasters and weather risks in developing countries.

Feb 15, 2011

Climate Change Scenarios - Implications for Strategic Asset Allocation

It is widely acknowledged that climate change will have a broad-ranging impact on economies and financial markets over the coming decades. This report analyses the extent of that impact on institutional investment portfolios and identifies a series of pragmatic steps for institutional investors to consider.

Feb 3, 2011

Global Trade Liquidity Program Bulletin #4

During this quarter (July-September 2010), two new disbursements were made to Rabobank Netherlands and to Standard Chartered Bank. As of September 30, 2010, the cumulative disbursement of GTLP reached US$3.27 billion. On July 1, 2010, a new Africa exclusive risksharing facility, GTLP Citibank-Africa was signed. We hope that this will help us further expand our reach in Africa.

Jan 28, 2011

Sustainable Investment in the Middle East and North Africa Region Report

This is the first report measuring the amount of sustainable investment in the Middle East and North Africa. It assesses current levels of sustainable investment awareness, practices, and demand in the region and finds that while current volumes are small, there is scope for much greater sustainable investment in the region. The report also identifies opportunities to increase the flow of sustainable investment funds to the region.

Jan 1, 2011

Sustainable Investment in Turkiye 2010

"Sustainable Investments in Turkiye 2010" provides a snapshot of the Turkish market, and identifies a number of structural barriers which are hindering the development of sustainable investment (SI) in Turkey, including low saving rates and the crowding effect of domestic borrowing.

Nov 30, 2010

2010 Microscope Index

2010 Global Microscope offers an in-depth analysis of the microfinance business environment in 54 countries for a second consecutive year. It is also the fourth yearly index to track conditions in the 21 countries of the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Nov 23, 2010

Feature Story on GTFP in Global Trade Review

In March, the IFC's global trade finance programme hit the US$2bn mark in terms of cumulative guarantees issued. It seems the emerging market-focused scheme has yet to feel the impact of any economic downturn.

Nov 23, 2010

Global Trade Liquidity Program Bulletin #2

Given the unprecedented number of partners involved in the GTLP, IFC has devoted significant resources to establish a dedicated GTLP Operations Team. We have six Global Financial Markets Department staff working full-time for the program, along with about 50 other staff in various IFC departments who are actively involved in supporting GTLP, including officers from Trust Funds Operations, Financial Accounting, B-Loans (syndications), Portfolio Management, Treasury, Risk Management, Credit Review and IT, among others

Nov 23, 2010

Global Trade Liquidity Program Bulletin #3

During this quarter (April-June 2010), African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) joined the program as a utilization bank, and will be responsible for channelling $200 million in trade financing throughout continental Africa. Including Afrexim, GTLP disbursed a total of $400 million this quarter, bringing GTLP disbursements to date to $1.5 billion. Citibank also signed a new $120 million Africa-focused (60:40) risk-sharing facility aimed at increasing development impact in Africa.

Nov 23, 2010

Global Trade Finance Program

IFC's Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) guarantees the trade-related payment obligations of approved financial institutions in emerging markets (Issuing Banks) across all regions of the world. Through the GTFP bank network, local financial institutions can establish working partnerships with a vast number of major international and regional banks (Confirming Banks) in the program, thus broadening access to finance

Nov 22, 2010

IFC Pushes to Help SMEs Strengthen Critical Credit Reporting Systems, Vendor View

Late last year, Visa International and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced an agreement to support the IFC’s Global Credit Bureau Programme, which helps develop credit bureaux in developing economies.

Nov 22, 2010

2010 IFC Access to Finance Annual Report Review

This report highlights IFC’s progress in access to finance advisory services. More than 2.7 billion people in developing countries still lack access to basic formal financial services, such as savings or checking accounts.