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Publish Date: 6/7/18
Assessing how IFC’s Work-Progression & Productivity Toolkit helps female workers achieve promotion and boost productivity in Bangladesh’s readymade garment factories
Publish Date: 4/5/18
How a Learning App is Promoting Deep Conceptual Understanding that is Improving Educational Outcomes in India
Publish Date: 11/29/17
Accelerating investment in climate-smart agriculture requires governments to create supportive environments, the private sector to commit to greener supply chains, for farmers to adopt more sustainable agronomic practices, and for financial institutions to offer innovative financing models. IFC, through its investment and advisory services, is committed to being a trusted partner and helping clients achieve the results that they desire.
English | 48 Pages | November 2017 | IFC
Publish Date: 4/21/17
Poor living conditions, particularly in urban areas, continue to undermine economic growth and poverty reduction efforts. The need for improvement in the existing housing finance system and expanding access to underserved segments has been highlighted in several studies by different government and international agencies. The Finance and Markets Global Practice at the World Bank Group (WBG) has been consistently working in partnership with GOB, regulatory and apex institutions and private sector players in financial services. This study is a continuation of WBG’s past efforts towards improving and deepening the housing finance markets in Bangladesh.
English | 72 Pages | IFC, 2017
Publish Date: 9/16/16
NephroCare Health Services Private Limited (NephroPlus) is a provider network of kidney dialysis services across 15 states in India. Founded in 2010, NephroPlus delivers these services in large metropolitan areas as well as underserved, small cities at prices that are 30 to 40 percent lower than hospitals. As of 2015, the company has 75 centers across India that service more than 6,000 patients and provide approximately 50,000 dialysis treatments each month. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.
Publish Date: 9/16/16
Bridge International Academies is an education organization founded in 2008 in Kenya, and grown to serve almost 100,000 students in over 470 locations in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and India. The company offers affordable, low-cost education to primary school children in underserved, low-income communities. The schools employ low-cost technology to provide teaching content to its teachers and to monitor the delivery of the content and teaching techniques on a real time basis. The company reaches more than 40 million customers in 15 countries in Africa and Asia. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.
Publish Date: 9/16/16
bKash is a mobile financial services company founded in 2010 in Bangladesh. The company brings the unbanked into the formal financial system. It has played a major role in building Bangladesh’s mobile financial services industry from scratch and is the country’s leading player, accounting for 75 percent of the market. It enables 23million people who once dealt only in cash to send remittances, save, and pay for products and services using their mobile phones. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.
Publish Date: 9/16/16
MicroEnsure has developed pioneering insurance solutions for low-income people in Africa and Asia living on less than $4 per day. Founded in 2008, the company has introduced over 200 types of insurance for life, health, and accidents for the poor, and distributes its products through mobile network operators, microfinance institutions, and other organizations that low-income customers trust. The company reaches more than 40 million customers in 15 countries in Africa and Asia. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.
Publish Date: 9/16/16
Probiotech is a leading processor and producer of animal health and nutrition products in Nepal. The agribusiness was founded in 2000 and produces animal feed for small-scale farmers in Nepal, among other lines of work. The company improves the productivity of its 12,000 feed customers by offering training on farm management and by leveraging its extensive distribution network to provide high quality inputs. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.
Publish Date: 8/9/16
This study provides an overview of the financial needs to remedy structural, electrical and fire safety issues in Bangladesh apparel export factories and identifies constraints in accessing financing and barriers to remediation. It helps understand the current context for remediation in Bangladesh and what is needed for factories to access financing for necessary improvements. It also provides key stakeholders with relevant information to design further interventions.
Publish Date: 4/25/16
On August 18, Myanmar's Hydropower Developers' Working Group held its first General Forum in Yangon. The following presentations include a range of speakers from the working group's Executive Committee and IFC.
Publish Date: 4/4/16
This 6-page factsheet on IFC’s work in India outlines the problem statement, covers the strategic context, and elaborates our major initiatives in the country which includes strengthening capital markets, enabling financial inclusion, boosting access to energy, expanding access to affordable healthcare, supporting creation of jobs, promoting water security, and ensuring food security.
English | 6 Pages | IFC, 2016
Publish Date: 10/19/15
Publish Date: 2/4/15
IFC’s new study ‘Landscape of Inclusive Business Models of Healthcare in India' aims to inform the healthcare ecosystem of the opportunities in the health inclusive business space and suggestions for catalyzing growth of innovative business models in the health sector. While the innovative models have shown great potential, only a few have gone to scale and thereby maximized impact. The study analyzes the ecosystem in which they operate including regulatory issues, value chains, support services, as well as enterprise-level issues. This would enable stakeholders to gauge what is needed and examine what role they can play to improve the ecosystem.
Publish Date: 2/4/15
IFC’s new study ‘Corridors for Shared Prosperity’ contributes to building a shared understanding of successful approaches and challenges in replication. It proposes a framework for systematic replication using examples of 11 Indian inclusive businesses that have been replicated across border. It analyzes the demand for inclusive business models in Africa in three high-impact focus sectors for transfer: agriculture, healthcare and renewable energy, and discusses key drivers of transfer of inclusive models from India to Africa. The study is a foundational effort to encourage systematic transfer of Indian inclusive business models, and to lay down a framework based on empirical evidence to guide such work.
Publish Date: 11/27/14
IFC worked with Bangladeshi farmers to help them adopt clean energy technology that converts cow and chicken waste to biogas, which is then used to generate electricity.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness, SME's
Publish Date: 11/26/14
IFC worked with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and farmers in the Nepalese poultry sector to strengthen their technical skills, increase profitability, and expand access to markets.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness / Key Topic: Gender
Publish Date: 11/25/14
IFC partnered with Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., an Indian company that is a leading international producer of processed fruits and vegetables, to increase farmers’ water efficiency and help fruit and vegetable suppliers meet international food safety standards.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness / Key Topic: Food Safety
Publish Date: 11/24/14
IFC worked with DSCL Sugar, the fifth largest sugar company in India, to improve the productivity of farmers in its supply chain by training them in advanced farming techniques.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priorities: Agribusiness
Publish Date: 11/23/14
IFC worked with Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., an IFC investment and advisory client, to conduct a Water Footprint Assessment which helps companies reduce water-related risks, improve water efficiency, and mitigate social and environmental impact.
Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness
Publish Date: 11/19/14
Harnessing Energy From the Sun: Empowering Rooftop Owners
Publish Date: 11/11/14
Publish Date: 11/10/14
IFC is working with leading seed companies in Bangladesh to promote sustainable farming practices, such as the production, distribution, and adoption of stress-tolerant seed varieties that withstand prolonged periods of submergence, high levels of salinity, and drought conditions.
Regions: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness
Publish Date: 6/12/14
This report analyzes the current status of Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) technology deployment in developing countries and investigates the success factors in countries where WHR has become widely spread.
Publish Date: 5/1/14
Engro Foods Ltd. (EFL) builds strong relationships with small dairy farmers to ensure there is a high quality and consistent supply of milk for its dairy products. Approximately 200,000 farmers supply milk to EFL, primarily through its network of 1,400 Milk Collection Centers (MCCs) and 1,500 Village Milk Collectors (VMCs). In 2012, EFL received the G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation Award. In 2013, the Computerworld Honors Program, which recognizes visionary applications of information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change, recognized EFL as a laureate for its EMAN system.
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