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Jun 18, 2013

Increasing Access to Affordable and Modern Off-grid Lighting

Lighting Africa, a joint IFC and World Bank program, aims to create a market for safe, affordable, modern off-grid lighting products that directly benefit low-income households and small businesses. The program supports companies entering this market by providing them with business and quality assurance guidance and access to finance.


Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Global / Strategic Priorities: Climate Change, Infrastructure

Jun 18, 2013

Removing Market Barriers to Support Clean Energy Development in Albania

IFC is working with local and international Small Hydro Power Plant (SHPP) developers, and local government and finance institutions to develop Albania’s renewable energy market, remove existing barriers for investments, and improve related regulatory frameworks.


Region: Europe & Central Asia / Strategic Priorities: Climate Change, Infrastructure

Jun 5, 2013

Success of Geothermal Wells: A Global Study

This report presents analysis of a database of global geothermal drilling success. The database, compiled by IFC, covers geothermal fields that together supply power to 71 percent of the world’s installed geothermal electricity generating capacity, making it the largest database of its kind. This report analyzes that data to gain a better understanding of the probability of drilling a successful well, and the factors that influence such success, which will be of interest to geothermal developers, and to financers engaged in the risk assessment of such projects.

Mar 29, 2013

Geothermal Exploration Best Practices: A Guide to Resource Data Collection, Analysis, and Presentation for Geothermal Projects

The Guide outlines procedures and exploration techniques for geothermal projects and provides guidelines for presenting a geothermal project to funding entities and insurance companies. A focus is placed on high temperature geothermal resources for electricity generation.

74 pages | © March 2013 IFC | Complimentary

Oct 9, 2012

Being the Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Inclusive Business Entrepreneurs Impacting the Base of the Pyramid

Based on interviews with 14 founders and CEOs of IFC client companies, the report identifies a number of lessons on inclusive business, including the need to balance short-term returns with long-term goals and the importance of knowledge of local conditions, needs, and capabilities. The stories also reflect the overarching optimism these leaders share about the future of inclusive business.

Aug 1, 2012

Companhia Energética do Maranhão (CEMAR)

Companhia Energética do Maranhão (CEMAR) is a power distribution company servicing Maranhão, one of the poorest states in Brazil. As the implementing agency for the government program “Light For All”, CEMAR ensures energy remains affordable by accessing subsidized government loans and grants for infrastructure costs and helping those residential customers classified as low-income to receive a reduction of up to 65% off their energy bills. Since 2004, CEMAR has added 700,000 new customers, nearly 50% of which were rural and low-income populations that did not have access to electricity.

Aug 1, 2012

Sociedad de Acueducto, Alcantarillado y Aseo de Barranquilla (AAA)

AAA was the first company established under an innovative policy framework for the water and sanitation sector in Colombia. Called the “mixed capital model,” this framework encourages public-private cooperation to expand coverage in poorer municipalities not effectively served by traditional public utilities. AAA began providing water, sanitation, and solid waste management services to the city of Barranquilla, in northern Colombia, in 1993 with an exclusive 20-year concession that was later extended for another 20 years. The company has since expanded into 12 other municipalities.

Jun 28, 2012

Municipal Solid Waste Management: Opportunities for Russia - Summary of Key Findings

Municipal solid waste (MSW) management system is one of the key components of a country’s overall environmental and resource efficiency framework. Inefficient MSW treatment in Russia today is causing negative environmental impact, and results in suboptimal use of raw materials and energy.

24 pages | © June 2012 IFC | Complimentary

May 24, 2012

From Gap to Opportunity: Business Models for Scaling Up Energy Access

This report breaks new ground by estimating that there is a $37 billion market opportunity for improved energy services at the base of the pyramid.

172 pages | © May 2012 IFC | Complimentary

May 24, 2012

Lighting Asia: Solar Off-Grid Lighting, Market Analysis of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Cambodia and Philippines

This report provides an overview of the off-grid lighting market in seven nations across southern Asia – India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines.

120 pages | © May 2012 IFC | Complimentary

Feb 1, 2012

Utility Scale Solar Power Plants: A Guide for Developers and Investors

This guidebook features best practices for development, construction, operation and financing of utility-scale solar power plants in India and can be used as a manual for developers and investors.

204 pages | © February 2012 IFC | Complimentary

Sep 22, 2011

Accelerating Inclusive Business Opportunities: Business Models that Make a Difference

IFC's newest inclusive business report, "Accelerating Inclusive Business Opportunities," identifies seven inclusive business models that expand access to goods, services, and livelihood opportunities for the world’s poorest people while generating strong financial returns. These models are helping companies turn underserved populations into dynamic consumer markets and diverse new sources of supply. 

Jul 1, 2011

Increasing Private Sector Involvement in Renewable Energy in Russia

The Program aims to mobilize investments and through advisory services increase the scale of private sector involvement in renewable energy. The Project also promotes a sustainable market for renewable energy in the Russian Federation by supporting the development of enabling policies, institutional capacity, introduction of financial mechanisms, and expanding access to finance.


Region: Europe & Central Asia / Strategic Priority: Climate Change

Apr 1, 2011

Climate Risk and Business: Ports

This study assesses risks and opportunities for ports in general, and specifically for IFC's client, Terminal Marítimo Muelles el Bosque (MEB), in Cartagena, Colombia.

Apr 1, 2011

Climate Risk and Business: Hydropower (Run of the River)

This study assesses potential risks from climate change for the Khimti 1 run of the river hydro-electric power scheme in Nepal.

Nov 22, 2010

Telling Our Story: Renewable Energy

This issue shows how IFC helps increase access to energy while reducing emissions -- supporting greater use of wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, biomass, and biogas power.

34 pages | © November 2010 IFC | Complimentary

Mar 16, 2010

Expanding Women's Role in Africa's Modern Off-Grid Lighting Market

The publication analyzes women's role as both consumers and entrepreneurs and identifies women-specific opportunities in the expanding market for modern off-grid lighting.

Feb 1, 2010

Strategic Community Investment: A Quick Guide Highlights from IFC’s Good Practice Handbook

This Quick Guide is intended as a summary document, providing some of the key highlights and messages from IFC’s Good Practice Handbook on Strategic Community Investment. Users wanting a more in-depth level of guidance and further project examples should refer to the Handbook.

Dec 1, 2009

Beyond Bonn: World Bank Group progress on renewable energy and energy efficiency in fiscal 2005-2009

This report is the fifth in the series documenting the World Bank Group's progress in supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency. It details the successes of, and lessons learned from, the investments made by the World Bank Group over the past five years.

Jun 1, 2009

Safe Water for All - Harnessing the Private Sector to Reach the Underserved

This report includes recommendations for IFC and its partners on how to better support the nearly 900 million people around the world who lack adequate access to improved water sources.

Feb 1, 2009

Energizing Climate-Friendly Development: World Bank Group Progress on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficieny in Fiscal 2008

This report summarizes the progress that has been made in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at the World Bank Group during fiscal year 2008 (July 2007 - June 2008).

Sep 1, 2008

Lessons Learned: Pangue Hydroelectric

In the early 1990s, IFC commenced a decade-long involvement in the Pangue Hydroelectric project in Chile. The project sparked a multitude of controversies that have greatly influenced the Corporation's approach to addressing environmental and social issues.

Aug 1, 2008

Lighting Africa Year 1: Progress and Plans

Lighting Africa was created to help entrepreneurs in Africa and across the world innovate and deliver affordable, reliable, sustainable lighting products to the African marketplace. This document presents activities and outcomes of the first year operation of the Lighting Africa program.

Dec 1, 2007

Catalyzing Private Investment for a Low-Carbon Economy: World Bank Group Progress on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Fiscal 2007

This publication, jointly produced by IFC and the World Bank, provides a detailed look at how these organizations are fostering increased private sector investment in clean energy technologies.

Sep 1, 2007

Selling Solar: Lessons From More than a Decade of IFC's Experiences

The World Bank became interested in exploring the solar photovoltaic (PV) market as a means to providing clean energy service in rural areas that had no access to the grid. IFC recognized the opportunity to test various option for the commercialization of solar PV in emerging markets.