Issue 1, April 2018



Lloyd Blankfein is Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. In this exclusive interview, he talks about the Goldman Sachs Foundation’s groundbreaking 10,000 Women initiative and the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF), a first-of-its-kind partnership with IFC, to improve access to finance for SMEs owned or run by women. Read more »

A letter from Phillippe Le Houérou, IFC CEO

Welcome to the inaugural edition of IFC PERSPECTIVES. In our first issue, we explore ideas with the potential to rewrite the rules of development.


Capital Markets, Climate Finance

The green bond market has seen explosive growth in the past decade, presenting an unrivaled opportunity in climate finance. Annual issuance has now risen from zero to more than $155 billion globally, with more growth ahead. But in emerging markets, the green bond era is just beginning.

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Defying the Odds

Women entrepreneurs and business leaders are scarce throughout the Middle East and North Africa. IFC PERSPECTIVES talks to three remarkable women who are thriving despite the challenges.

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The Power of Partnership

A first-of-its-kind initiative from IFC and Goldman Sachs is delivering much-needed financing for tens of thousands of women entrepreneurs and proving the wider business case for investing in women.

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Africa’s Tech Talent Finds its Place in the Global Economy

Africa’s technology scene is booming, with over 400 tech hubs that range from software engineering to mobile money to blockchain technology. IFC client Andela, based in Nigeria and Kenya, trains software developers and places them in salaried positions in companies worldwide.

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About IFC Perspectives

IFC PERSPECTIVES draws on IFC’s unrivalled geographic reach and insight to explore the most innovative ideas in private sector development. Our goal is simple: to start a conversation about what is possible in a complex and ever-changing world.