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Jul 19, 2021
The report, Public Sector Advisory Operations in Fragile African Markets, presents lessons learned and recommendations for improving project delivery of public sector advisory projects aimed at supporting governments' finance, private sector, and entrepreneurship agenda in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCS) in sub-Saharan Africa.
Jun 21, 2021
The digital economy 1 can offer a new and promising path forward for people seeking employment across the globe. Online platforms are altering the future of work, reducing barriers to entry and blurring the distinction between formal and informal labor.
English | 75 pages | 2021 IFC
May 18, 2021
The number of forcibly displaced persons has been rising in recent years, and many displacements have become protracted. However, public resources available to assist individuals and families have dwindled, exacerbating already strained situations. Amid this backdrop, private sector initiatives have emerged to help create jobs both for displaced people and their host communities. While market-based approaches in refugee contexts are still new, initiatives in several countries have demonstrated the valuable role that private sector firms and investors can play. This note discusses examples of these market-based initiatives, related challenges, and conflict-sensitive approaches for overcoming these challenges. The note also discusses the important role that development agencies can play in de-risking private sector development through market-creating strategies, partnerships, and blended concessional finance.
English | 8 pages—May—Note 103 | IFC 2021
Nov 6, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant negative impact on the private sector in developing economies, and businesses and individuals in fragile and conflict-affected situations are among the most severely affected. The pandemic has evolved rapidly from a health emergency to a global economic crisis, spreading through the real sector and posing growing risks to financial systems. Notable sector-level impacts include supply- and demand-based shocks to infrastructure and private healthcare; disruptions to imports, exports, and global and local value chains; and declining agribusiness activity that threatens food insecurity, all leading to financial sector instability.
English | 8 pages — November — Note 93 | IFC 2020
May 11, 2019
A new IFC study—Private Sector & Refugees: Pathways to Scale—produced in partnership with The Bridgespan Group, takes an unprecedented look at over 170 initiatives in both Africa and the Middle East to understand the nature of, and derive lessons from, private sector engagement with refugees and host communities.
English | 80 pages | 2019 IFC
Feb 8, 2019
The private sector can help break the cycle of conflict, fragility, and poverty that persists in many fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS). This study draws on academic research and IFC’s experience with the private sector in FCS to derive lessons on how to engage with the private sector to foster growth, job creation, and stability.
English | 44 Pages | 2019 IFC
Apr 27, 2018
A consumer and market study of a refugee camp and town in northwest Kenya (Special Conference Edition)
English | 88 pages | 2018 IFC
Mar 1, 2017
This Good Practice Handbook on the Use of Security Forces: Assessing and Managing Risks and Impacts has been developed for IFC clients and other private sector companies and their consultants. The handbook provides practical, project-level guidance for companies to better understand and implement the requirements outlined in Performance Standard 4. Chapters focus on risk assessment, managing private security, managing the relationship with public security, preparing a security management plan, and assessing allegations or incidents related to security personnel.
142 pages | © February 2017 IFC | Complimentary
Sep 29, 2016
In fragile settings the challenges of building a business are increased by a legacy of conflict, instability, and loss. Institutions struggle to provide basic services, let alone the complex reforms and public goods necessary for an enabling business environment. Despite these substantial obstacles, it is possible to create a sophisticated business in even the most challenging settings. The Congo Call Center is one such example—a formal services firm reliant on costly, imported technology that has grown and prospered in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
English | 2 Pages - September - Note 16 | © IFC, 2016
Nov 30, 2014
IFC worked with eight olive oil companies - representing the majority of the sector in the West Bank and Gaza - to develop supply chains, improve quality, and increase exports.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness / Key Topic: Fragile States
Nov 26, 2014
IFC worked with Minoterie de Matadi, a flour and feed milling company in the Democratic Republic of Congo known as MIDEMA, to strengthen its value chain by providing IFC’s Business Edge training to farmers and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitated their links to financial institutions and their access to finance.
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness
Nov 25, 2014
IFC helped raisin and pomegranate farmers increase the quality and quantity of their crops through farm extension services and farm management training. The training provided them with information about harvesting, grading, and storing their products, and enabled them to access new markets in Afghanistan and abroad.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness, SMEs / Key Topic: Fragile States
Jun 24, 2013
IFC worked with Business Partners Limited (BPL), a South Africa-based specialty risk finance firm, to create Business Partners International (BPI) in 2004. The firm operates private equity funds in central and southern African countries. Small business owners who have attended IFC’s Business Edge management workshops have accessed financing through these funds.
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Fragile States
Jun 18, 2013
IFC is working with the Yemen Education For Employment Foundation (YEFE) to increase employment among the country’s women and college-educated youth, two segments of society with higher than average unemployment rates. Using IFC’s Business Edge management training, YEFE prepares participants to start their own enterprises or get jobs that were pre-committed by sponsor companies.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topics: Fragile States, Women
Jun 18, 2013
IFC is working with SOFIHDES, a private development finance corporation, to provide IFC's Business Edge management training to entrepreneurs and SME owners in Haiti. By partnering with SOFIHDES, IFC has been able to develop a market for small business management training and help more than 2,700 SME owners rebuild their businesses following the 2010 earthquake.
Region: Latin America & the Caribbean / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topics: Fragile States, Job Creation, Women
Jun 18, 2013
IFC is working with international mining company Rio Tinto in Guinea to ensure the participation of local businesses in its supply chain as it develops its Simandou iron ore project. This work builds on IFC's pilot program, "Guinea Linkages" in which local businesses that improved their capacity were awarded over $7 million in mining sector contracts.
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topics: Communities, Women, Jobs, Fragile States
Jun 1, 2012
IFC and BBC jointly aired a new radio program to inspire entrepreneurship, educate farmers and provide practical business advice in Afghanistan. This initiative has the largest rural listenership of any media program in the country — and sets a new standard for the use of mass media to educate communities constrained by illiteracy and trapped in conflict. REGION: Middle East & North Africa / STRATEGIC PrIORITY: Agribusiness / KEY TOPICS: Farmers, Fragile States