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Apr 8, 2022
Apr 7, 2022
The Guidelines for “Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Services” (Investor Guidelines) strive to proactively implement evolving standards of the G20 High Level Principles for Digital Financial Inclusion (G20 HLPs) which was launched in 2016 with China as holder of the G20 Presidency. The G20 HLPs were developed by a team of leading policy experts and industry practitioners, given increased opportunities and evolving risks emerging in digital financial services – for customers, sectors and markets across the globe. The G20 HLPs represents the most comprehensive standards that are being implemented at the national policy levels to advance the growth of digital financial inclusion. Hence, the objective of the Investor Guidelines is to promote responsible DFS investments and to contribute to broader financial inclusion and sustainable development. This summary update provides an overview of the Guidelines for Responsible Investing in Digital Financial Services (“Investor Guidelines”), including their definitions, examples of potential actions and selected industry references.
Apr 7, 2022
This report highlights the private sector business case and emerging practices that foster economic inclusion for marginalized communities. It features first-hand information shared by 12 of IFC’s Treasury underwriter banks on how they are advancing economic inclusion for employees and customers with disabilities.
English | 36 pages | 2022 IFC
Apr 6, 2022
Opportunities in an Evolving Digital Financial Services Ecosystem
English | 13 pages | 2022 IFC
Apr 1, 2022
Mar 31, 2022
This report highlights the private sector business case and emerging practices that foster economic inclusion beyond gender. It features first-hand information shared by 11 of IFC’s Treasury underwriter banks on how they are advancing economic inclusion for LGBTI employees and customers.
English | 38 pages | 2022 IFC
Mar 30, 2022
Practical and straightforward guidance for financial institutions in emerging markets to prepare and execute a successful green bond issue.
English | 45 pages | 2022 IFC
Mar 11, 2022
This study, the first ever in Morocco and the Maghreb region, aims to gather data on board practices in the country and raise awareness about the importance of benefits of board diversity.
11 pages | © March 2022 CFA, IFC, PwC | Complimentary
Mar 11, 2022
Scaling ReWater is a World Bank Group initiative to scale-up sustainable wastewater treatment and water reuse infrastructure in emerging economies through unlocking public and private finance using blended financing models.
Mar 11, 2022
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) provides IFC and World Bank analysis of growth and investment opportunities, constraints, and policy recommendations.
English - 112 pages | French - 126 pages | 2022 IFC
Mar 8, 2022
The Thailand Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) provides IFC and World Bank analysis of growth and investment opportunities, constraints, and policy recommendations.
English | 164 pages | 2022 IFC
Mar 8, 2022
In this joint report, UN SSE and IFC identify three broad areas where stock exchanges can play a role in advancing gender equality, namely the promotion of gender-focused and/or gender-aware products and services, strengthening of market performance on gender equality, and leading by example.
51 pages | © March 2022 SSE, IFC | Complimentary
Mar 8, 2022
This Updated Edition of Realizing Sustainability through Diversity: The Case for Gender Diversity Among Sri Lanka's Business Leadership highlights the progress made by Sri Lankan companies in bringing more women to their boardrooms.
57 pages | © March 2022 IFC | Complimentary
Mar 7, 2022
This report presents a post COVID landscape of Women’s Very Small Enterprises (WVSEs) in India. It quantifies the untapped credit opportunity and provides lenders with a roadmap for implementation.
English | 142 pages | 2022 IFC
Feb 25, 2022
Sustainability-linked finance (SLF) is a powerful tool for mobilizing capital as the world moves towards a greener global future. SLF incentivizes companies to pursue ambitious, long-term environmental and social goals, and its use can help countries achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Companies in nearly all industries and locations can make use of sustainability-linked finance.
Feb 22, 2022
Many factors explain the absence of MENA women in the digital economy: the workforce gender gap across the region extends online; freelancing is not the preferred option for employment because it is viewed as less stable, difficult to establish, and not “real” work; women in the region often lack digital literacy and awareness of opportunities online; and legal frameworks are not in place to support online work.
Feb 17, 2022
The Uganda Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) provides IFC & World Bank analysis of growth and investment opportunities, constraints, & policy recommendations.
English | 95 pages | 2022 IFC
Feb 16, 2022
The Kenya Pharmaceutical Industry Diagnostic analyzes the Kenyan pharmaceutical sector value chain’s strengths and weaknesses, players and their historical performance, growth trends, and challenges to entering and operating in the market. The study further evaluates investments and growth constraints in the sector and gives recommendations on how these can be addressed to make Kenya more competitive in the sector.
Feb 10, 2022
This report, developed by IFC and Stellaris, examines the growing potential of India’s AI-led software as a service (SaaS) start-ups and analyzes the role that the country, which is already a leader in the global software ecosystem, can play in an AI-led future. India is well-positioned to be at the forefront of the AI revolution. By 2030, AI applications and services together have the potential to create $500 billion of market value and almost 5 million jobs. The report is based on an industry-wide study and insights from the AI4Biz Challenge, organized to identify and recognize groundbreaking, early-stage Indian AI SaaS companies.
English | 80 Pages | IFC 2022
Feb 1, 2022
This Handbook was created out of a growing need from companies that are seeking guidance on how to strengthen internal controls due to the changing complexity of the business landscape and operating environments.
Jan 31, 2022
This toolkit is intended to support private sector companies to amend existing community-based grievance and feedback mechanisms, or develop new mechanisms, that are designed to receive and effectively manage reports of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
20 pages | © January 2022 IFC | Complimentary
Jan 31, 2022
There’s something special about companies that last 100 years. Comparatively few large companies do, and very few of those were founded in emerging economies. But last year, Grupo Roemmers, based in Buenos Aires, celebrated its 100th anniversary. This pharmaceutical company limited its business to Argentina until the mid-1970s. Since then, it has grown rapidly throughout Latin America and the Caribbean through a very effective strategy and management style. It sets up separate businesses for each country or local area where it does business. It gives local leaders autonomy to make decisions but engenders a deep commitment to the Roemmers culture and management system. And it sells affordable generic prescription pharmaceuticals with a mix tailored to the aging populations of each local market.
Jan 28, 2022
This document identifies eligible blue project categories to guide IFC’s investments to support the blue economy, in line with the Green Bond Principles and Green Loan Principles. The market has been seeking guidance on project eligibility criteria, translating general Blue Economy Financing Principles, such as the Sustainable Blue Economy Principles and the Sustainable Ocean Principles, towards guidelines for blue bond issuances and blue lending.
Jan 18, 2022
Sustainability-linked finance is designed to incentivize the borrower’s achievement of environmental, social, or governance targets through pricing incentives. Launched in 2017, it has now become the fastest-growing sustainable finance instrument, with over $809 billion issued to date in sustainability-linked loans and bonds. Yet these instruments are still nascent in emerging markets, which represent only 5 percent of total issuance to date. This note shares examples of recent sustainability-linked financing, including several involving IFC in various roles, to highlight how investors can utilize these new instruments in emerging markets and mitigate greenwashing risks.
English | 8 Pages—January—Note 110 | IFC 2022
Jan 14, 2022
Telecommunications, media, and technology are the building blocks of the modern world. Digital infrastructure underpins every aspect of society and the economy. Smart cities, e-government, financial services, manufacturing and e-commerce all rely on strong digital infrastructure. Strengthening the digital capacity of developing countries enables inclusive growth, economic stability and improved quality of life for all citizens, including the most vulnerable.
English | 2 pages | IFC 2022