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Telling Our Story: Focus, Delivery, Results

Telling Our Story: Focus, Delivery, Results

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The "Telling Our Story" series puts a human face on IFC's work, featuring short profiles of leading projects and the people whose lives they improve. This issue, "Focus, Delivery, Results," covers IFC's work on important issues, including the food prices crisis, climate change, and the challenge of scaling up microfinance. (November 2008)
The "Telling Our Story" series puts a human face on IFC's work, featuring short profiles of leading projects and the people whose lives they improve. This issue, "Focus, Delivery, Results," covers IFC's work on important issues, including the food prices crisis, climate change, and the challenge of scaling up microfinance. (November 2008)

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Telling Our Story
IFC and the Issues of Today
Our Road Map
A Strategy for Increased Impact
IFC uses a five-part strategy to drive operations, make the right choices, and maximize impact.Each pillar supports the others, giving IFC a clear road map for increased development impact and client satisfaction.
A Sharper Focus on Frontier Markets
Many countries, regions, and industries stillsuffer from a lack of private investment.Increased focus on the needs of these frontiermarkets is a cornerstone of our strategy. Wego where we are needed most, reaching theunderserved wherever they are—whether inthe poorest countries or in the poorer regionsand high-impact sectors of middle-incomecountries. We do this in part by:Emphasizing low-income countriesand regionsStrengthening small and mediumenterprisesFocusing on agribusinessProviding innovative solutions infragile and conflict-affected countries
Long-Term Partnershipswith Emerging Players in DevelopingCountries
IFC builds long-lasting relationships withclients. Our tailored, ever-changing productsand services help them grow stronger—in good times and bad. We do this by:Financing South-South investment,thus increasing the flow of capital,skills, and technology within thedeveloping worldPartnering with clients to integratemore small and mid-size localbusinesses into their supply chainsand bring more benefits to localcommunitiesAdvising clients on corporategovernance, HIV/AIDS, and other areas
Climate Change and Environmentaland Social Sustainability
IFC helps clients identify social and environ-mental risks and opportunities—a key step inbuilding a sounder future for people and theplanet. Then we help them finance the result-ing projects in energy efficiency, renewableenergy, and other areas. We support theglobal climate change and sustainabilityagenda by:Developing new business models andfinancing instruments for clean energy,carbon finance, and environmentallysound technologiesProviding gender programs thatstrengthen the role of womenentrepreneursSetting standards for the private sectorin developing countries, based onsound environmental, social, andgovernance principles
Private Sector Infrastructure, Health,and Education
IFC helps increase access to these key needsin several ways, including:Collaborating with the World Bankin helping governments increasesustainable private participation ininfrastructureFinancing landmark projects in power,water, transport, and information andcommunication technologiesExpanding private investment in thehealth and education sectors
Developing Local Financial Markets
IFC builds strong local financial institutionsthrough a combination of loans, equity, struc-tured finance, and advisory services. Ourinvestments often come integrated with advi-sory services that help deepen local markets.The result is increased access to finance, anessential force in raising living standards andreducing poverty. Among our priorities:• MicrofinanceSmall and medium enterprise financeHousing financeTrade financeLocal currency financingNew financing for our clients frominternational banks and other investorsthey otherwise could not access
Answering the Call
Development impact is the core of IFC’s business. Creating opportunity for wholecommunities and individual people is our passion.The rise in food and energy prices presents a special challenge, and IFC is responding. Along with today’s conditions in global financial markets, climate change concerns, andthe human cost of conflict in many countries, the rise in prices is creating an increasing-ly difficult environment, especially for the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty.IFC has an important role to play in helping address the challenges. We are the largestmultilateral financial institution investing in private enterprises in emerging markets, with activities in 130 countries. We help increase the availability of credit, for exampleassisting in providing 7 million microfinance loans and more than 500,000 housingfinance loans in fiscal year 2008. We combine financing that helps local businesses grow quickly and sustainably with advice that helps them innovate, raise standards, mitigaterisk, and share knowledge across industries and regions. Our affiliation with the WorldBank gives us additional leverage in terms of skills and experience.There is much we can do. IFC is pursuing a carefully defined strategy, one that concen-trates our work in areas where we can make the greatest difference in frontier marketsand regions. Committed to delivering results for our clients and shareholders, we cus-tomize our investment and advisory services to create opportunity and improve lives.By working with clients and partners, we put more children in school, help more peopleobtain affordable, high-quality health care, and improve access to telecommunications,
Cover Photo: West Bank and Gaza, one of more than 30 fragile and conflict-affected countries and regions whereIFC creates opportunity
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Lars H. Thunellelectricity, and clean water. We help small-scale entrepre-neurs gain greater access to the financing and trainingthey need to create jobs. We facilitate trade finance so thatentrepreneurs can import machinery and export goods. We also help clients see bottom-line benefits from inte-grating environmental, social, and governance principlesinto their daily operations. We focus on these goals, and we rigorously monitor andevaluate our results in reaching them. We then use what we learn to improve our own performance and share ourknowledge with others.The stories in this collection reflect this approach, show-ing how we take on some of the most critical issues inbusiness and development today, and what our helpmeans to the people involved. Food producers in Africa,entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, clean technology provid-ers in China and India—these are just some of the many underserved markets we emphasize in our commitment togoing where we are needed most.
Lars H. ThunellExecutive Vice President and CEO
IFC Financial Highlights, Fiscal Year 2008
$16.2 billion in new investments, a 34 percent increaseover the previous year• $11.4 billion in commitments for our own account,$4.8 billion in funding mobilized for clients$1.75 billion pledged to the International DevelopmentAssociation, the World Bank Group’s lead agency forassisting the poorest countries
IFC’s Reach
Our support enabled clients to:Generate power for nearly 147 million customersDistribute water to 18 million customersEstablish 50 million new telecommunications connections

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