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Apr 11, 2016

Infrastructure Finance

If the goal of moving development financing from billions to trillions of dollars is to be realized, the World Bank Group and other development banks will need to mobilize third-party money by leveraging their financial and advisory resources. A promising start to a large-scale infrastructure project in Colombia is evidence that it can be done.

English | 4 Pages - April - Note 4 | © IFC, 2016

Jan 20, 2016

A Solar Developer’s Guide to Pakistan

This guide provides background for those who are implementing or intending to invest in solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Pakistan.

85 Pages | © 2016 IFC | Complimentary

Sep 30, 2015

Establishing Foundations to Deliver Community Investment

Providing benefits to communities affected by a project can help a company to obtain and maintain a “social license to operate,” and manage project risks and stakeholder expectations. There are many different channels that companies can use to deliver these benefits. Depending on the channel, determining the appropriate implementation vehicle can be a key strategic decision. For a company that has selected community investment as a way to deliver benefits, this decision is particularly important. This Guide specifically explores the use of foundations, trusts, and funds (collectively referred to as “foundations” throughout this document) to deliver community investment (CI). The Guide does not intend to encourage or discourage companies from establishing foundations; rather, it lays out a process for deciding whether a foundation can be a viable implementation model and helps companies understand related risks and opportunities.

Aug 10, 2015

Unlocking the Potential for Private Sector Participation in District Heating

This report analyzes barriers to and opportunities for private sector participation in district heating (DH) in the Western Balkan countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, and Serbia, as well as in Mongolia and Ukraine.

70 pages | © August 2015 IFC | Complimentary|

Aug 7, 2015

Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines for Wind Energy

The EHS Guidelines for Wind Energy include information relevant to environmental, health, and safety aspects of onshore and offshore wind energy facilities. It should be applied to wind energy facilities from the earliest feasibility assessments, as well as from the time of the environmental impact assessment, and continue to be applied throughout the construction and operational phases.

36 pages | © August 2015 World Bank Group | Complimentary

Aug 3, 2015

Leveraging Market Opportunities to Achieve Development Impact: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Improve Access to Sanitation and Safe Water

This briefing note captures the lessons learned from a recent IFC pilot program in Kenya that explored ways to harness private innovation, technical skills, and financing to equitably increase access to safe water and sanitation for underserved consumers.

16 pages | © August 2015 IFC | Complimentary|

Jun 20, 2015

Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants: A Project Developer’s Guide

This guidebook aims to enhance the understanding of how to successfully develop, finance, construct, and operate utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants. It targets project developers entering a market and is also meant to serve as a reference source for contractors, investors, government decision makers, and other stakeholders working on PV projects in emerging markets.

208 pages | © June 2015 IFC | Complimentary

Apr 28, 2015

IFC Infraventures: The IFC Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund

Infrastructure is critical to help end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity by spurring economic growth and improving living standards. It is also an area in which the private sector can make a significant contribution. It is estimated that infrastructure investments of around US$ 2 trillion a year through 2020 are needed in developing countries to maintain current growth rates and meet future demands.

Feb 23, 2015

The Art and Science of Benefit Sharing in the Natural Resource Sector

If developed and managed appropriately, a country’s oil, gas, and mineral resources can make a major contribution to economic development and poverty alleviation. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the understanding and discussion of how the costs and benefits of natural resource development are shared across society. This paper presents how IFC, as both an investor and a development organization, determines whether benefits and costs are shared reasonably, and how this assessment influences IFC’s decision to invest in a particular natural resource project. Through its long experience in the sector, IFC has learned that investments likely will run into problems at some point in their life cycles if there are imbalances in the sharing of fiscal, economic, environmental, and social costs and benefits.

Feb 10, 2015

Hydroelectric Power: A Guide for Developers and Investors

The guide aims to assist all players in hydropower development involved in project planning, evaluation (appraisal), implementation and monitoring. It emphasizes the importance of interactions among technical, commercial, permitting/licensing, environmental and social, and financing activities. The technical sections are more detailed and can be used as reference, while the permitting/licensing and financing sections are intended to provide general guidelines; each project needs to consider country- and site-specific requirements. It is a complement and not a substitute for IFC’s Performance Standards and other official guidance documents.

115 pages | © February 2015 IFC | Complimentary

Feb 4, 2015

Corridors for Shared Prosperity: Spotlight on India-Africa Inclusive Business Transfer

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.

Dec 31, 2014

Harnessing Energy from the Sun: Empowering Rooftop Owners

This white paper aims to create awareness – among stakeholders including policy makers, utilities and regulators – of the opportunities and challenges of the rooftop solar market. It focuses on implementation options, including public-private partnerships, and discusses practical issues related to planning and implementing rooftop solar initiatives. It discusses policy and technical issues that can help stakeholders make informed decisions, especially in terms of meeting local objectives.

130 pages | © 2014 IFC | Complimentary

Nov 23, 2014

Addressing Water Security in the Agricultural Sector in India

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

Nov 18, 2014

Shared Prosperity through Inclusive Business: How Successful Companies Reach the Base of the Pyramid

This IFC report summarizes the practical lessons that we can learn from IFC’s inclusive business clients. There are lessons for each phase of the value chain – including procurement, product development, distribution and retail, and marketing and sales.  Each lesson is illustrated by a profile of an IFC client that is using that approach to reach the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) on a commercial basis.

Aug 1, 2014

Manila Water

Manila Water Company, Inc. (Manila Water) operates in Metro Manila’s east service zone, home to 6.1 million people. Manila Water’s inclusive business model creates partnerships with local government units and community-based organizations to include communities in the design and implementation of water supply systems. For instance, by visibly placing water meters in public areas, the community can regulate itself as water use and fees become more transparent. As a result, 99% of customers in this region have 24-hour water availability and customers now pay 20 times below per cubic meter rates previously charged by private water vendors.

Jun 30, 2014

Best Practices Guide for Geothermal Exploration

This second edition of a Best Practices Guide for Geothermal Exploration is aimed at project developers and their service providers to outline the state of the art tools and techniques for geothermal exploration.

196 pages | © June 2014 IGA & IFC | Complimentary

Jun 12, 2014

Waste Heat Recovery for the Cement Sector: Market and Supplier Analysis

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.

81 pages | © June 2014 IFC | Complimentary|

May 16, 2014

A Strategic Approach to Early Stakeholder Engagement in Extractive Industries

The handbook takes the reader step-by-step through the process of building trust relationships and gaining and maintaining a social license to operate at each project lifecycle stage. It also provides an overview of good practice approaches and tools such as addressing human rights and gender issues; participatory rural appraisal techniques; developing a stakeholder map and analysis; communications and sustainability; risk and opportunity screening and prioritization; artisanal and small-scale mining; strategic community engagement; the Financial Valuation Tool; grievance mechanisms; tips and tactics on conflict resolution; and measuring, evaluating and communicating for strategic advantage.

May 1, 2014


AEGEA Saneamento e Participações S.A. (AEGEA) is a leading private sector provider of water and sanitation services in Brazil. The company operates in 32 municipalities in six states in Brazil including two frontier region states, providing water and sanitation services to 2.2 million people. Approximately 12.8% of the households (285,000 people) in the municipalities served by AEGEA's concessionaires earn up to the minimum wage per month. AEGEA offers competitive tariffs to customers at all income levels – often lower than rates customers previously paid. Its social tariff program grants a 50% discount on regular rates to qualified customers.

Aug 1, 2013

Butwal Power Company

Butwal Power Company Ltd. (BPC) is a leading hydropower company in Nepal involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. In Nepal, many rural populations do not have access to electricity because the remote mountainous terrain makes national grid connectivity difficult and expensive. Therefore, in addition to supplying power to the national grid, BPC supplies electricity to 38,000 people in mid-western Nepal, either through direct connections or through one of its 112 rural distribution network partners. By utilizing a tiered tariff structure, BPC is able to make electricity more affordable for low-income customers.

Jun 30, 2013

Manual for Performance-Based Contracting by Water Utility Companies in Brazil

This manual is a practical tool to promote the development of Performance-Based Contracts with the intention of helping water utility companies improve their operational efficiency levels, reduce their water losses, and increase the quality of their services.

68 pages | © June 2013 IFC | Complimentary

Jun 24, 2013

Joint Effort Taps into Russia’s Energy Efficiency Potential

In 2008, IFC and IBRD, along with other partners in Russia, conducted comprehensive market research that concluded: If Russia maximized its energy efficiency potential, the country could reduce primary energy consumption by as much as 45 percent – an amount equal to the annual consumption of France or the United Kingdom.


Region: Europe & Central Asia / Strategic Priority: Infrastructure

Jun 18, 2013

Public-Private Solar Project Generates Power, Reduces Carbon Emissions in India

The state of Gujarat in India, which enjoys more than 300 sunny days a year, has a long-term goal of making its capital, Gandhinagar, a solar-powered city. As a first step, Gujarat turned to IFC to help with an innovative 5 MW rooftop solar project to add power generating capacity, develop contractual models for further solar projects, and demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of rooftop-based solar power.


Region: South Asia / Strategic Priority: Climate Change

Jun 18, 2013

Improving Competitiveness and Reducing Pollution through Resource Efficiency in Russia

IFC is working with Russia’s industrial sector to increase investments in resource efficiency technologies that reduce both costs and pollution. So far, IFC has worked with 58 entities, including companies such as UAZ-Metallurgia and Kuibyshev Azot, and has facilitated $312 million in resource efficiency investments, allowing companies to mitigate environmental damage, increase profits, become more competitive, and attract more capital.


Region: Europe & Central Asia / Strategic Priority: Manufacturing / Key Topic: Climate Change

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