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Mar 1, 2017

Case Study—FINCA. Women Entrepreneurs Open a Path for Digital Financial Services in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This case study discusses how IFC and the microfinance institution FINCA DRC developed a network of online agents to provide banking services to FINCA’s low-income customers. During the network’s rollout, IFC and FINCA found that working with women agents helped FINCA to connect with more people without access to formal banking services. The study is part of IFC’s report Investing in Women: New Evidence for the Business Case.

English | 4 pages | IFC

Mar 1, 2017

Case Study—Business Coalition for Women. Addressing Gender-Based Violence with Companies in Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea, gender-based violence is widespread, with 94 percent of employers saying their staff has likely experienced it. To address this and other gender-related challenges, a group of companies came together under the IFC-sponsored Business Coalition for Women. This case study discusses how coalition members are supporting their employees and reducing the costs of gender-based violence by implementing policies and working to change public perceptions. The study is part of IFC’s report Investing in Women: New Evidence for the Business Case.

English | 4 pages | IFC

Feb 21, 2017

The Business Case for Women's Employment in Agribusiness

This report was prepared by IFC as part of a work program on women’s employment in agribusiness funded by the World Bank Group’s Private Sector Window of the Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality. Download full report or read five individual case studies.

English | 125 Pages | September 2016 | IFC

Nov 7, 2016

SheWorks Knowledge Report: Putting Gender-Smart Commitments into Practice

This report marks the completion of the IFC-led SheWorks global private sector partnership to advance employment opportunities and improve working conditions for more than 300,000 women by 2016. It consolidates the knowledge, best practices, and lessons learned during the two-year SheWorks partnership so that other companies committed to investing in women’s employment can benefit as well. The report also captures, on an aggregate level, the progress made by SheWorks member companies towards realizing their commitments.

English | 146 Pages | IFC

Oct 3, 2016

Investing in Women along Agribusiness Value Chains

The report helps companies identify potential benefits from closing gender gaps in each stage of the value chain. The publication reviews women’s contributions and constraints within each stage and outlines solutions for the private sector, demonstrating the business rationale for making gender-smart investments, and presenting best practice case studies.

English | 65 Pages | IFC

Aug 8, 2016

Boyner Group’s Supply Chain Strengthens Women in Business

English IFC

Dec 17, 2015

World Bank Group Gender Strategy (FY16-23)

By many measures, 2015 marks a watershed year in the international community's efforts to advance gender equality. In September, with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Member States committed to a renewed and more ambitious

Sep 30, 2015

SHEforSHIELD: Insure Women to Better Protect All

This report is the first of its kind to provide an understanding of how much growth the women’s market alone represents for the insurance industry, and what women want and need from insurance products and services in particular in emerging markets. It also provides recommendations on how to attract and retain women as vital clients.

English | 184 pages | 2015 IFC

Sep 16, 2015

SheforShield: Insure Women to Better Protect All

The SheforShield report builds the business case for insurance companies to target women as consumers and employees. The report highlights that by tailoring products that enhance women’s ability to mitigate risks, insurance companies will be able to help women live healthier and wealthier lives, protect their families, grow their businesses, and strengthen their roles in the private sector; eventually driving positive social change and economic growth.

English | 184 Pages | IFC

Nov 26, 2014

Strengthening Poultry Supply Chains in Nepal

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

Nov 24, 2014

Integrating Women into the Coffee Supply Chains in Indonesia and Vietnam

IFC is working with ECOM in Indonesia and Vietnam to set up Farmer Training Centers (FTCs) to promote quality awareness and best practices for sustainable coffee cultivation.


Region: East Asia & the Pacific / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness

Jun 24, 2014

Stories of Impact in Agribusiness

This publication presents 16 different examples of how IFC has worked with private sector clients across the world, typically combining finance and advice. This powerful combination of money and knowledge helps our clients not only sustain but also grow their businesses, thereby paving the way for robust job creation, growth, and positive environmental and social benefits.

79 pages | © June 2014 IFC | Complimentary

May 31, 2014

"SUSTAIN: Cutting-edge business solutions" magazine in Agribusiness

How can companies across the world achieve stronger performance while addressing sustainability challenges? How can they learn from each other? And how can IFC help by leveraging its unique vantage point at the intersection of business and development? SUSTAIN addresses these questions by offering a global platform for a conversation on cutting-edge business solutions among thought leaders and pioneers from the private sector, international organizations, academia, and the World Bank Group.

60 pages | © May 2014 IFC | Complimentary

Apr 29, 2014

Striving for Business Success: Voices of Liberian Women Entrepreneurs

This report is an overview of the women’s market in Liberia and provides insights on the experiences of women entrepreneurs in post conflict and fragile affected states. Through the journey of seven Liberian women business-owners, the report highlights the many challenges women enterprises in post conflict countries face. The report also provides recommendations to governments, private sector entities, donors and practitioners looking to increase opportunities for women enterprises in these countries.

35 pages | © April 2014 IFC | Complimentary

Apr 10, 2014

Garanti Bank SA Combining SME Banking Excellence with a Proposition for Women Entrepreuners in Turkiye

24 pages| 2014 @ IFC

Mar 10, 2014

Improving Access to Finance for Women-owned Businesses in India

This report aims to assess the gap in demand and supply of finance, highlight the opportunity in serving women entrepreneurs, and catalogue initiatives taken by financial institutions in access to finance for women-owned businesses in India.

48 Pages| © 2014 IFC

Oct 11, 2013

Investing In Women's Employment

This report outlines how investing in women’s employment has led to enhanced business performance and productivity for companies in diverse countries and sectors. It was produced by WINvest, a World Bank Group partnership with the private sector for promoting women’s employment.

188 pages | © October 2013 IFC | Complimentary

Jun 24, 2013

Promoting Small Businesses in Nigeria Through the Pan-African University

IFC is working with Pan-African University’s Enterprise Development Center to strengthen small enterprises by providing business management training and advice, and recently helped organize a business plan competition called Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWIN) to encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners to create new business ideas.


Region: Sub-Saharan Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Gender

Jun 18, 2013

Partnering with a Jobs Placement NGO Boosts Employment in Yemen

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

Increasing Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs in Lebanon

IFC is working with BLC Bank to improve access to finance and support the growth of women-owned businesses in Lebanon. With IFC support, BLC Bank launched the Women’s Empowerment Initiative, offering a range of services tailored to women-owned businesses.


Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Women

Jun 18, 2013

Strengthening Small Businesses in Haiti's Fragile Economy

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

Promoting Women’s Employment Opportunities in China’s Healthcare Sector

IFC works with Chindex, a leading private healthcare network in China, to promote women at all levels of its operations. Founded by two women, including its current CEO, Chindex is dedicated to empowering its female staff through leadership and training initiatives. IFC has provided $45 million in financing to support the company’s growth.


Region: East Asia & the Pacific / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Women

Jun 18, 2013

Bolstering Women’s Economic Empowerment in Latin America

IFC works with Belcorp, a Peruvian door-to-door sales cosmetics company, to expand its business model focusing on women entrepreneurs. The company provides opportunities for self-employment and additional income to over one million women in 16 Latin American countries and generates $1.9 billion in revenues annually.


Region: Latin America & the Caribbean / Strategic Priority: SMEs / Key Topic: Gender

Jun 18, 2013

Bridging the Gap Between Small Businesses and Mining Companies to Increase Local Impact in Guinea

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 18, 2013

Ensuring Local Communities Benefit from Extractive Industries in Peru

IFC is working with local governments in Peru to invest royalties from extractive industries in projects that benefit local communities. More specifically, IFC aims to strengthen the investment capacity of 30 municipalities in eight extractive regions, benefiting 250,000 inhabitants.


Region: Latin America & the Caribbean / Strategic Priority: Infrastructure