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World Bank and Private Sector

The World Bank Group helps the private sector invest in emerging markets, in line with each investor’s strategic priorities and risk appetite. We offer a wide range of products and programs to mobilize resources from capital markets and risk mitigation instruments. 

Supporting our work through capital market instruments

The private sector can invest directly in our work with developing countries:

The World Bank (IBRD), which lends to middle-income countries, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which lends to private enterprises in developing countries, issue bonds in the global capital markets. Both institutions have triple-A credit ratings and offer innovative debt capital market instruments to meet the needs of investors in markets around the world. These include green bonds, pandemic bonds, SDG-linked bonds, social bonds, and more.

Beginning in 2018, the International Development Association (IDA), which provides concessional loans and grants to the poorest countries, will begin issuing bonds in the global capital markets. IDA joins IBRD and IFC as a triple-A rated issuer. IDA bonds will offer investors an opportunity to support development activities where they are needed most.

Creating investment opportunities in emerging markets

Opportunities to invest alongside the Bank Group continue to expand:

  • IFC’s syndicated-loan program allows financial institutions to enjoy the advantages of IFC’s preferred creditor status as a multilateral institution. It has mobilized more than $62 billion from more than 500 financing partners for projects in emerging markets since its inception in 1959. 
  • IFC’s Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program allows institutional investors to participate in IFC’s future loan portfolio. Investors provide capital on a portfolio basis, which IFC can deploy in investments across regions and sectors in accordance with its strategy and processes.
  • The IFC Asset Management Company manages funds on behalf of institutional investors – sovereign funds, pension funds, development finance institutions – enabling them to invest in high-potential companies and infrastructure projects in developing countries.
  • The World Bank Group houses the Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF)—a matchmaking effort to marry well-structured and bankable public-private partnerships in infrastructure with interested private capital. The GIF works in partnership with multilateral development banks, investors, financiers, and governments and has built a pipeline of sustainable infrastructure projects, potentially unlocking billions of dollars of investment in developing countries.