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Deep tech companies aim to address the world’s biggest challenges. These include providing Internet access to the unconnected, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, significantly increasing productivity gains across industries, and helping to solve many other intractable problems, particularly in emerging market and developing economies. A deep tech company brings transformative technology from the lab to the market, and democratized research infrastructure and increased available funding has led to the rise of deep tech companies globally, including in emerging markets. Yet commercialization is critical to realizing the benefits of deep tech solutions, and deep tech firms often struggle to successfully commercialize their breakthroughs.
English | 8 pages—November—Note 94 | IFC 2020
This note, the second of IFC’s “Trade and COVID Trilogy,” collects and analyzes trade-related findings from over 70 “Daily News Summaries” and other data sources from late March to early November, 2020.
Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Morocco face critical issues even though they represent over 95 percent of all companies and are a major source of employment and wealth.
This guide is a practical step-by-step road map for fund managers on how to strengthen gender diversity within their own firms and incorporate a gender focus into investment operations. It combines learnings from CDC and IFC’s experience with over 160 fund managers and draws on best practices with a series of case studies from stakeholders across the industry.
English | 109 pages | 2020 IFC & CDC Group
This guidance note recommends six actions that private sector companies can implement to ensure that both women and men can return to economic activities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and participate equally as leaders, employees, business owners, and consumers.
English | 45 pages | 2020 IFC
The report consolidates lessons from the SheWorks Sri Lanka Partnership and shares business results and good practices from 15 leading SheWorks companies in Sri Lanka..
This tip sheet provides guidance for both listed and privately-owned companies on how to disclose what they are doing to manage the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the pandemic, using IFC’s Disclosure and Transparency Framework, which is focused on strategy, governance, and performance. This framework promotes the issuance of standardized corporate reports and data – and provides investors and key stakeholders with the information they need to assess company resiliency, preparedness, and continued management of material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues both during and after the crisis. It can also provide guidance for stock exchanges and regulators who are adapting their disclosure and transparency framework during COVID-19.
Africa’s Internet economy is transforming development on the continent by fostering economic opportunities, creating jobs, and providing innovative solutions to complex challenges, like access to healthcare, education, and finance.
English | 98 pages | Google and IFC
This tip sheet provides guidance for both listed and privately-owned companies on how to disclose what they are doing to manage the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the pandemic, using IFC’s Disclosure and Transparency Framework, which is focused on strategy, governance, and performance.
7 pages | © November 2020 IFC | Complimentary
This report underscores the urgency of action and shares ways that companies are using natural capital approaches to build sustainability and resilience in their business models, while also helping to make markets more sustainable and resilient. The report explores three distinct shifts taking place in the relationship between businesses and nature, and how businesses are integrating these shifts into strategic and operational decision-making. It also provides a landscape-level perspective that is increasingly important in key sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and infrastructure, and introduces market diagnostic tools that can help identify opportunities for shared solutions. The insights from these experiences show that shared solutions create shared value, and that this results not only in stronger resilience for all participants, but also a shared resilience across communities, landscapes, and markets.
English | 88 pages | IFC 2020
IFC has conducted a financial capability and inclusion survey in Uzbekistan in 2020. This report provides key findings of the survey and recommendations across three main areas: (1) financial inclusion, (2) financial capability, and (3) financial consumer protection. The other sections of the report provides a detailed overview of the results of the financial capability survey, summarizes key findings of the report (executive summary), introduces the methodology of the survey in chapter one, and focuses on the overall level of financial inclusion in Uzbekistan in chapter two. Chapter three is an overview of the levels of financial capability in Uzbekistan, specifically financial knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of respondents. Chapter four explores the relationship between financial inclusion and financial capability. The final chapter looks into financial consumer protection practices in the country.
English | 80 pages | 2020 IFC
В настоящем отчете представлены основные результаты исследования и рекомендации по трем основным направлениям: 1. Уровень доступа к финансовым услугам, 2. Уровень финансовой компетентности, 3. защита прав потребителей финансовых услуг.
Russian | 88 pages | 2020 IFC
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
Tourism is one of the most important drivers of growth for Pacific Island Countries, playing a particularly crucial role in the Fijian economy. Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, could form a significant part of the nation’s COVID-19 tourism recovery efforts through targeted investments to attract high-value markets, potentially increasing national tourism earnings by FJD 339 million in 2020 above government forecasted estimates. The Vanua Levu Tourism Market Demand Assessment provides critical information for the World Bank Group and the Fijian Government to design a project that will support the island’s future growth and recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. The report identifies key investments necessary to attract the niche markets of scuba diving; soft adventure and nature-based tourism; yachting; weddings and honeymoon tourism; and expedition cruises.
The challenge of establishing and growing enterprises is even greater for women entrepreneurs in emerging economies, where women-owned and led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face an estimated credit deficit of nearly $1.5 trillion.
Designed for digital financial service (DFS) providers that would like to build and manage merchant acceptance networks. Such DFS providers typically include financial institutions, mobile network operators, fintechs, payment service providers and others. The handbook offers best practices that IFC has tested and observed through our global digital-finance projects and engagements.
English | 92 pages | 2020 IFC
The report presents a snapshot of the gender dimensions of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment in Sri Lanka.
The Guinea Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) provides IFC & World Bank analysis of growth and investment opportunities, constraints, & policy recommendations.
English | 98 pages | 2020 IFC
In 2016, IFC began a new project with South Indian Bank (SIB), a mid-sized private bank (currently third largest in southern India). The bank aimed to transform its retail and small and medium enterprise businesses (SMEs). SIB’s transformation strategy was to improve its digital capabilities to drive customer engagement and mobilize deposits.
English | 24 pages | 2020 IFC
Nature’s current decline, underpinned by unsustainable consumption and production patterns, population dynamics, deforestation, and land use change, is a clear risk to business, markets, and society. The way that businesses measure, value, relate to, and account for the interaction between nature and people must evolve, and quickly. This note underscores the urgency of action and shares ways companies can use natural capital approaches to help maintain both nature and their ongoing role in advancing prosperity and development in emerging markets.
English | 8 pages — October — Note 92 | IFC 2020
This note provides an overview of this year’s multi-body trade forecasts and the extent to which those forecasts were realized as reported across various publications.
English | 36 pages | 2020 IFC
IFC working in partnership with the governments of Australia and New Zealand is helping Pacific Island nations tackle their unique development challenges.
Perceptions and Potential
Why a Gender-Sensitive Response Matters
In emerging markets, urban centers feel the brunt of both the health and economic crises, putting subnational governments, or SNGs, front and center in the efforts to contain COVID-19. SNGs in emerging markets face significant challenges brought on by the pandemic, for example, significantly less use of public transit, dramatically lower sales tax revenue due to retail and tourism closures, and limited capacity to mount an effective health response. Low levels of preparedness compound these vulnerabilities.
English | 6 pages | IFC 2020