Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD)


Improving Yields and Incomes for Raisin Farmers Through Markets: The World Bank Group is supporting a transformation in Afghanistan’s underdeveloped raisins sector to recapture its former status as a world-class raisin producer and exporter. Read More | Watch Video

Connecting Afghans to Reliable Power: A private conglomerate plans to build and operate a new gasfired power plant near the city of Mazar to help address the chronic electricity shortage. The World Bank Group collaborated to develop the structure of the transaction, project documentation, and instruments to enhance credit. Read More


Creating a Market for Green Energy: Argentina has set a goal of establishing 20 percent renewable energy by 2025 and has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. To meet these goals, the government, with support from the World Bank Group, has created a green energy market. Read More


Sanitation Microfinance for Rural Households: The World Bank Group is a longtime partner of the Bangladesh government in improving access to sanitation. Strong progress has been achieved, and the Bank Group continues to support the government’s initiatives. Read More


Broader Access to Water for Rural Communities: In 2006, as a result of reforms, private sector operators began to assume the management of rural piped water systems. The World Bank Group supported this effort by improving the efficiency of rural water sector management through public-private partnership (PPP) programs. Read More


Providing Electricity and Strengthening Local Capital Markets: The country’s first independent power plant to run on natural gas—the first infrastructure project to obtain long-term financing in local currency—was built in 2013. The World Bank Group helped support the project using a project finance structure that overcame constraints. Read More


Connecting People to Markets, Jobs, Opportunities: Colombia’s Fourth Generation Roads Concession Program (4G) is a large-scale plan to create a nationwide toll road network with private sector participation. The World Bank Group provided integrated advisory and financing support. Read More | Watch Video


Transforming Telecommunications: Since 2013, the World Bank Group has supported The Union of the Comoros’ efforts to improve communications, trade, and economic opportunities by expanding mobile communications and internet services. Read More


Improving Opportunities Through Cashew Value Chains: Côte d’Ivoire’s cashew subsector has strong potential for growth if the value chain, and especially local processing, can improve. A World Bank project is cutting regulatory costs, developing industry associations, and providing farmers with better extension services. Read More


Providing Affordable Clean Energy: The Egyptian government initiated reforms in 2014 to improve the sector’s operational and financial performance, attract private investment, and expand renewable energy sources. It partnered with the World Bank Group, which provided technical and financial support. Read More | Watch Video


Improving Financial Inclusion to Drive Small Business Growth: The World Bank and IFC jointly supported the emergence of a leasing market in Haiti, unlocking finance for small businesses in one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. Read More


Developing Solar Energy to Meet Rising Demand for Electricity: With support from the World Bank, the government is making great strides to develop solar energy. In collaboration, IFC has devised an innovative approach to attracting investors, which serves as a model for profitable solar generation. Read More


Maximizing Finance to Power Development: How can countries, like Indonesia, access the financing—but also knowledge and solutions—they need to make the critical, but costly, investments toward sustainable and inclusive development? Read More

Tapping Geothermal for Greener Growth: Indonesia is poised to become a leader in geothermal energy, addressing long-standing supply issues, fostering sustainable economic growth, and driving progress toward its target under the Paris Agreement. The World Bank Group is developing an innovative credit facility to manage risks. Read More


Enabling Private-Sector Participation in Infrastructure and Social Services:
 Kenya is developing programs to foster private sector participation in infrastructure investments to help address the funding gap in the sector. The World Bank Group has provided $90 million to kick-start public-private partnership (PPP) programs. Read More

Using Private Financing to Improve Water Services: Kenya’s national development plan seeks to make basic water and sanitation available to all by 2030. The World Bank Group supported the country through a series of measures that has successfully attracted private financing of $25 million. Read More


Improving Farmers’ Incomes:
 Madagascar has the potential to earn significant foreign exchange receipts from cattle and goat exports. Its government, with World Bank support, is helping rural herders and farmers improve incomes by improving veterinary services and developing new road infrastructure. Read More     


Powering Homes and Businesses: Pakistan is pursuing private financing for power generation, gas supply, and high-voltage transmission infrastructure to overcome its twin challenge of acute power shortages and costly power generation. Read More


Building Infrastructure with Local Financing: In 2015, with assistance from the World Bank Group, the government of Peru embarked on reforms to attract more commercial financing for its public-private partnerships (PPPs) while reducing the need for government guarantees to cover projects’ commercial risk. Read More


Sustainable Fisheries and Jobs: World Bank Group support is boosting capacity to sustainably manage fish resources, increase tuna catches, and tackle key obstacles at the only processing facility, SolTuna, where two-thirds of the staff are women. Read More


Gateway to the World: With help from the World Bank Group, Timor-Leste’s future is brighter today, thanks to steps taken by the government to open its economy and enable investment with the country’s first public-private partnership (PPP) project. Read More


Transforming Health Care for All: The Turkish Government is transforming its healthcare sector so that all its citizens have access to quality services, by partnering with the private sector on a major program to improve the country’s hospitals and healthcare infrastructure. The World Bank Group is providing support. Read More | Watch Video


Strengthening Creditworthiness of the Water and Sanitation Sector: Three decades of World Bank support, together with other development partners, have helped transform Obras Sanitarias del Estado (OSE) from an inefficient water and sanitation services provider into a well-regarded public utility. Read More


Transforming Livelihoods for Coffee and Rice Producers: Vietnam’s emergence as a leading exporter of agro-food commodities contributes to its food security and poverty reduction. The World Bank Group is providing strategic and investment support to strengthen farmers. Read More


Taking Care of Housing Needs: World Bank Group-supported interventions are expanding access to housing finance for lower-income groups in WAEMU in collaboration with regional mortgage financing company Caisse Régionale de Refinancement Hypothécaire. Read More


Securing Energy for Growth and Development: Power demand in West Bank is fast outpacing supply and Gaza is already experiencing severe shortage with electricity supply of less than six hours per day, affecting homes, hospitals, schools, and businesses. The World Bank Group is supporting an ambitious energy reform agenda. Read More

Cleaner Cities with PPPs and Innovative Financing Approaches: The Palestinian Authority tapped the private sector’s solid waste management expertise and, with the World Bank Group’s support, prepared the first Palestinian public-private partnership (PPP) to operate a new landfill in the southern West Bank. Read More


Harvesting Agricultural Potential: The World Bank has supported investments in Zambia’s agriculture sector since 1969. In 2008, the World Bank Group focused on helping local financial intermediaries invest in agriculture businesses. Read More

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