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Publish Date: 4/17/18
IFC, US Apparel, and Levi Strauss & Co.: Setting a Higher Standard for Sustainability in Pakistan
Publish Date: 1/31/18
Luminus Education is committed to transforming technical and vocational education (TVET) in Jordan and advancing the Education 4 Employment philosophy. Based in the region with the highest youth unemployment rate in the world, Luminus offers high-quality, market-oriented programs and recognizes that equipping Jordanian youth with vocational skills is important for both economic and security reasons.
Publish Date: 2/15/17
The Tafila Region Wind Power Project Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) is the first of its kind in the Eastern Europe, Middle East, and North Africa region. It aims to promote more sustainable wind energy investments in Jordan while assessing and managing potential adverse environmental and social effects of renewables. The overall management and technical direction of the CEA was undertaken by IFC, supported by a team of multidisciplinary international and Jordanian experts and advisors.
Publish Date: 10/27/16
Publish Date: 10/21/16
Publish Date: 10/14/16
Publish Date: 6/22/16
Frequently asked questions about Corporate Governance and how it can benefit businesses. Corporate Governance Handbook - Frequently Asked Questions
Publish Date: 6/15/16
IFC’s Resource Efficiency Program has funded the production of Sustaining Growth: Cleaner Production in Pakistan report, that identify patterns of energy consumption and opportunities for energy, material and water savings in the leather, textile, sugar and pulp and paper sectors across Pakistan. Since 2006, Pakistan’s National Productivity Organization (NPO) and the Lahore-based Cleaner Production Institute (CPI) conducted more than 200 resource efficiency audits to identify patterns of energy consumption and opportunities for energy, material and water savings in the specified sectors. The audits found that opportunities to cut costs and improve efficiency abound. IFC commissioned Ernest and Young to analyze the audit information, and recommend resource-efficient practices and technologies. The report identifies several criteria necessary for the implementation of cleaner production measures, which looked at both the potential for resource savings and the estimated payback period. An IFC-funded study
Publish Date: 6/6/16
IFC’s Resource Efficiency Program has funded the production of Sustaining Growth: Cleaner Production in Pakistan report. Since 2006, Pakistan’s National Productivity Organization (NPO) and the Lahore-based Cleaner Production Institute (CPI) have conducted more than 200 resource efficiency audits to identify patterns of energy consumption and opportunities for energy, material and water savings in the leather, textile, sugar and pulp and paper sectors. For each of the sectors, the audits found that opportunities to cut costs and improve efficiency abound. IFC commissioned Ernst and Young (EY) to analyze the audit information and recommend resource-efficient practices and technologies. The report identifies several criteria necessary for the implementation of cleaner production measures, looking at both the potential for resource savings and the estimated payback period. This report is the first of its kind in both scope and scale. NPO & CPI aim to offer industrial stakeholders essential data and raise awareness of the potential for cleaner and more sustainable production methods. An IFC-funded study
Publish Date: 1/19/16
The Solar Developer’s Guide to Pakistan provides background for those who are implementing or intending to invest in solar generating plants in Pakistan. The Guide includes an overview of how a solar project is developed in Pakistan and the legal and regulatory support mechanisms for that project. A Solar Developers Guide to Pakistan
Publish Date: 10/27/15
Publish Date: 6/29/15
This report shares the experiences of 19 companies that have made governance improvements over the past few years, summarizing the changes they made, and the impacts they reported.
Publish Date: 5/27/15
For the last decade, Pakistan has been in the grip of a severe energy crisis. More than 144 million people across the country do not have reliable access to the grid, either because they are not connected or because they experience daily blackouts which often last over 12 hours per day. The power shortfall has severely hampered economic development and job creation across the country and it has only become more severe over the last five years. As a result, Pakistanis use a mix of technologies to light their homes and businesses. They spend an estimated $2.3 billion a year on everything from candles, to kerosene lamps, to battery-powered torches. This study explores the potential of another option: solar-powered lighting. Through a combination of market research and household surveys, it found that there is potentially a robust market for solar lighting solutions, which run the gamut from simple solar-powered desk lamps to large systems that can power multiple appliances. These systems are safer, more reliable, and, over the long run, cheaper than many of the technologies in widespread use today. Overview of Pakistan Off-Grid Lighting Consumer Perceptions
Publish Date: 3/4/15
Ending the Microfinance Crisis in Morocco Acting Early, Acting Right - Arabic
Publish Date: 3/4/15
Sortie de la crise du secteur de la microfinance au Maroc des interventions opportunes et efficaces
Publish Date: 3/3/15
Ending the Microfinance Crisis in Morocco: Acting Early, Acting Right
Publish Date: 11/30/14
IFC worked with eight olive oil companies - representing the majority of the sector in the West Bank and Gaza - to develop supply chains, improve quality, and increase exports.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness / Key Topic: Fragile States
Publish Date: 11/25/14
Working with Raisin and Pomegranate Farmers to Increase Their Productivity and Access to International Markets in Afghanistan
IFC helped raisin and pomegranate farmers increase the quality and quantity of their crops through farm extension services and farm management training. The training provided them with information about harvesting, grading, and storing their products, and enabled them to access new markets in Afghanistan and abroad.
Region: Middle East & North Africa / Strategic Priority: Agribusiness, SMEs / Key Topic: Fragile States
Publish Date: 11/10/14
Executive Summary Market Assessment of the Financial Needs of Very Small, Small and Medium Enterprises in Tunisia (EN)
An overview of the financial needs of very small, small and medium enterprises in Tunisia. Executive Summary Market Assessment of the Financial Needs of Very Small, Small and Medium Enterprises in Tunisia (EN)
Publish Date: 11/10/14
Highlights of IFC advisory services in the Middle East and North Africa during the fiscal year 2014. Report on Advisory Services Operations in MENA - FY14
Publish Date: 10/9/14
IFC Highlights in the Middle East and North Africa - Fiscal Year 2014
Publish Date: 9/3/14
There is a huge demand for Islamic products by small and medium enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa region and, according to this study, approximately 32 percent of such businesses remain excluded from the formal banking sector because of a lack of Shariah-compliant products. The study reveals that, there is a potential gap of $8.63 billion to $13.20 billion for Islamic SME financing within un-served and underserved SMEs categories, with a corresponding deposit potential of $9.71 billion to $15.05 billion across these countries. This is due to the fact these un-served and underserved SMEs do not borrow from conventional banks, only owing to religious reasons. This potential is a “new to bank” funding opportunity, which is still untapped, as banks and other financial institutions lack adequate strategic focus on this segment to offer Shariah-compliant products. Islamic Banking Across Small and Medium Enterprises in Pakistan
Publish Date: 9/1/14
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are now widely recognized as engines of economic growth and key contributors to sustainable gross domestic product (GDP) of all countries, including those in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These businesses predominantly operate in the manufacturing and service sectors and create employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled persons. However, market conditions and regulatory environments are not always supportive of the growth of SMEs and access to formal finance is one of the main obstacles they face.