This brief on the International Finance Corporation is one of a suite of policy briefs that provides basic background information and practical analysis of the financial and governance issues facing the international financial institutions.
The IFC is a multilateral financialinstitution that provides financial and technical assistance to theprivate sector in middle- and low- income countries. Unlike otherinternational financial institutions, the IFC operates on a commercialbasis and invests exclusively in for-profit projects that promotepoverty reduction and development. Increasingly, the IFC is investingin the world’s poorest countries and fragile states that have fewprivate investors. IFC investments support a range of activitiesincluding agribusiness, manufacturing, health and education,microfinance programs, and infrastructure development.