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Jul 14, 2020

Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Harassment: Emerging Good Practice for the Private Sector

This publication outlines emerging practices in addressing gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in operations and investments, while accompanying sector-specific briefs provide targeted guidance on addressing GBVH risks in key sectors, including transport, construction and manufacturing.

96 pages | © July 2020 IFC, EBRD, CDC Group | Complimentary

Jul 1, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Water and Sanitation

English | 6 pages | 2020 IFC

Jun 29, 2020

Sector Notes | COVID-19's Impact on infrastructure

The COVID–19 outbreak has significantly impacted infrastructure development and the global economy. International response to the rapid disruption to key infrastructure sectors and industries is ongoing. IFC’s COVID–19 infrastructure sector notes provide a quick and short analyses on the impact of the pandemic on different infrastructure sectors while proposing recommendations for an effective response to this global crisis.

English | 2020 IFC

Jun 24, 2020

Regulatory and Tariff Review for Distributed Generation in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors in Southern Africa

This report reviews the regulatory and tariff frameworks for small-scale distributed power generation in six southern African countries to support private investment in clean energy generation, transmission and distribution.

Jun 16, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on the Waste Sector

This publication examines COVID-19’s impact on the waste sector. It explains how governments and private sector can work together to find sustainable solutions.

Jun 9, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Logistics

Logistics firms, which are involved in the movement, storage, and flow of goods, have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As an integral part of value chains, both within and across international borders, logistics firms facilitate trade and commerce and help businesses get their products to customers. Supply chain disruptions to the sector caused by the pandemic could, therefore, impact competitiveness, economic growth, and job creation.

English | 5 pages | 2020 IFC

Jun 4, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Power Sector

Power is essential for driving economic growth, especially in emerging markets. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7—Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all—is a necessary precondition for progress on many other SDGs, including those concerning health, education, industry, sustainable cities, and more.

English | 4 pages | 2020 IFC

May 28, 2020

Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Hydropower Development in the Trishuli River Basin, Nepal

This report was undertaken by IFC to strengthen understanding of environmental and social impacts of hydropower development that go beyond individual project-level impact assessments by considering a multiproject, basin-wide understanding of potential cumulative impacts in the Trishuli River Basin (TRB).

300 pages | © May 2020 IFC | Complimentary

May 27, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on the Global Telecommunications Industry

English | 6 pages | 2020 IFC

May 19, 2020

Floating Solar Photovoltaic on the Rise

English | 2 pages | 2020 IFC

May 19, 2020

Battery Storage

English | 4 pages | 2020 IFC

May 19, 2020

The Rising Tide of Offshore Wind

A series on emerging energy trends and opportunities from IFC

English | 4 pages | 2020 IFC

May 13, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Airports: An Analysis

Airports are essential to the economic development of cities, countries, and regions. They directly contribute to economies by providing services to airlines, moving passengers, and transporting cargo. The movement of goods and people also benefits governments, consumers, and industries. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has hit airports hard—which could stall development in emerging markets.

English | 6 pages | 2020 IFC

May 7, 2020

What COVID-19 Means for Digital Infrastructure in Emerging Markets

The COVID-19 pandemic shows that digital connectivity is critical to societal resilience and business continuity in times of crisis. For digital infrastructure providers in emerging markets, higher demand for connectivity may be counterbalanced by a series of negative shocks. These could affect broadband operators and smaller companies, leading to less competition, limited availability of open-access broadband infrastructure, and reduced technological innovation. However, the perceived value of digital connectivity is likely to rise, creating opportunities to implement policy reforms to accelerate the rollout of 4G and 5G. Digital infrastructure companies, however, may accelerate their migration toward diversified business models. Against a background of funding withdrawal from emerging markets, financing for smaller or independent companies in the poorest economies may require substantial support from development finance institutions to preserve competition, improve resilience, and pr

English | 8 Pages - May - Note 83 | 2020 IFC

May 4, 2020

Gender and COVID-19: Key Considerations, Resources and Support for Infrastructure and Natural Resource Companies in Emerging Markets

This note is designed as a quick reference guide to help companies understand how smart, gender-inclusive strategies can bolster the effectiveness of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 4, 2020

Unlocking Opportunities for Women and Business: A Toolkit of Actions and Strategies for Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies

A growing number of oil, gas, and mining companies have committed to create more diverse, gender-balanced, inclusive industries – recognizing that it is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes business sense. To help oil, gas, and mining companies to meet their gender goals, IFC has developed this toolkit. The toolkit starts with detailed business case arguments on the benefits of gender diversity and inclusion, and then provides practical, detailed tools to help companies to assess and address obstacles to equality and inclusion in the workplace, across the supply chain, and in community engagement and investment. It includes easy-to-use techniques and tools to transform a broad gender strategy into a supportive working reality for women and men.

Apr 28, 2020

Artificial Intelligence in the Power Sector

The energy sector worldwide faces growing challenges related to rising demand, efficiency, changing supply and demand patterns, and a lack of analytics needed for optimal management. These challenges are more acute in emerging market nations. Efficiency issues are particularly problematic, as the prevalence of informal connections to the power grid means a large amount of power is neither measured nor billed, resulting in losses as well as greater CO2 emissions, as consumers have little incentive to rationally use energy they don’t pay for. The power sector in developed nations has already begun to use artificial intelligence and related technologies that allow for communication between smart grids, smart meters, and Internet of Things devices. These technologies can help improve power management, efficiency, and transparency, and increase the use of renewable energy sources.

English | 8 Pages - April - Note 81 | 2020 IFC

Mar 8, 2020

Pursuing Gender Equality Through Infrastructure and Natural Resources

This series of briefs provided tools for infrastructure and natural resources companies to benefit from gender equality. The briefs highlight key challenges, business cases, and operational entry points to enhance gender equity in power, transport, cities, water and sanitation, and mining projects.

English | 4 pages | IFC 2020

Mar 8, 2020

Integrating Gender in Mining Operations

The evidence is clear: equal opportunity for women and men in the mining sector benefits companies as well as families and communities. While women are a major and growing segment of an economy’s workforce and supply chain, the mining sector continues to be male-dominated. Evidence has shown that when companies recognize the opportunity of a more diverse workforce and supply chain, and of engaging more broadly with communities, they can increase productivity, reduce costs, and strengthen social license to operate.

English | 4 pages | IFC 2020

Mar 8, 2020

Integrating Gender in Power Operations

As the sector responds to the challenges of clean, reliable, and affordable energy services—there are emerging pathways to close gender gaps and bolster performance across the energy value chain—by including women as potential employees, owners of SMEs, and as consumers. Women also comprise another important market segment for the power industry— as community members living around the footprint of power projects, they could be powerful distribution agents to help reach last-mile connection customers and/or behavior change catalysts to help improve the adoption of new energy technologies and products.

English | 4 pages | IFC 2020

Mar 8, 2020

Integrating Gender in Transport Operations

By understanding the differentiated ways women and men benefit from, contribute to, and experience modes of transport, IFC clients can leverage these insights to maximize their profits while better sharing risks and benefits across the communities they serve. Gendersmart solutions, i.e. solutions that achieve overall business objectives of a client while closing relevant gender gaps in the process, present an opportunity for IFC and IFC clients to partner for better transport solutions.

English | 4 pages | IFC 2020

Mar 8, 2020

Integrating Gender in Cities

This note highlights how increasing gender inclusivity in urban development projects is a key factor in achieving development and investment outcomes.

English | 4 pages | IFC 2020

Mar 8, 2020

Integrating Gender in Water & Sanitation Projects

This brief highlights how involving women in service design, tariff structures, and the water and sanitation workforce itself not only helps cities reap the benefits of women’s greater social and economic engagement but also enhances service provision, safety, and cost recovery.

English | 4 pages | IFC 2020

Feb 28, 2020

Accelerating Digital Connectivity Through Infrastructure Sharing

Digital connectivity has enormous potential to support development. Yet today some four billion people in emerging economies remain offline, partly due to a lack of affordable Internet access. Sharing infrastructure among operators and across sectors is a potential solution. It can accelerate digital connectivity at lower cost, especially in the least developed markets where returns to investment can be limited. It can also reduce investment costs and operating expenses for investors and operators, and increase their balance sheet sustainability. Sharing models can also benefit consumers by increasing competition, lowering prices, and raising service quality. The private sector has already embraced this model; further expansion requires targeted policies that promote competition and facilitate sharing.

English | 8 Pages - February - Note 79 | IFC 2020

Feb 11, 2020

Artificial Intelligence and the Future for Smart Homes

Population growth and urbanization in emerging markets will mean expanding cities and rising demand for new housing in urban areas around the world. These trends represent an enormous opportunity to design, build, and operate the homes of tomorrow in intelligent ways that minimize energy consumption and carbon emissions, lower building and homeowner costs. Artificial intelligence will play a pivotal role in this effort by using data—including grid data, smart meter data, weather data, and energy use information—to study and improve building performance, optimize resource consumption, and increase comfort and cost efficiency for residents. AI will also analyze data collected from multiple buildings to improve building design and construction and inform future policy making related to construction and urban planning.

English | 8 Pages - February - Note 78 | IFC 2020