24 episodes

IFC Audio Stories feature voices from a wide range of experts and stories on investment opportunities in emerging markets, trends that are reshaping economies, and the private sector’s role in creating jobs and addressing development challenges.

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IFC Audio Stories feature voices from a wide range of experts and stories on investment opportunities in emerging markets, trends that are reshaping economies, and the private sector’s role in creating jobs and addressing development challenges.

    From Energy Scarcity to Entrepreneurial Success for 10,000 Women

    From Energy Scarcity to Entrepreneurial Success for 10,000 Women

    IFC chats with Olasimbo (“Simbo”) Sojinrin, Chief Operating Officer of Solar Sister, a leading provider of portable solar home systems in Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania that is working at the intersection of gender equality, climate justice, and energy access. Working with over 10,000 women entrepreneurs in Africa, Solar Sister has distributed clean energy products to nearly 5 million people, many living in last mile communities. Simbo shares why she is passionate about her career in renewable energy, the importance of leadership, training, and mentoring, and making women’s voices heard. 

    • 17 min
    Voices of Innovation: The 2024 World Bank Youth Summit

    Voices of Innovation: The 2024 World Bank Youth Summit

    On this episode of IFC Audio Stories we explore the 11th edition of the World Bank Group Youth Summit, where thousands of young innovators converged to address global development challenges. This year's theme, "Powering Progress: Youth Leading the Digital Transformation," spotlighted digital access and inclusion, AI, and sustainable tech. Hear from pitch competition finalists Selma Ekfvei Ndi and Frida Eposi Ndi of Data Girl Technologies and discover how they're empowering women in Cameroon through tech education.  Visit the World Bank Group Youth Summit website for more information.

    • 10 min
    Leveraging Digital Tech for African Business Growth

    Leveraging Digital Tech for African Business Growth

    In the latest episode of IFC Audio Stories, we delve into the research behind the International Finance Corporation's book, "Digital Opportunities in African Businesses." The episode features insights from IFC principal economist Marcio Cruz on the underutilization of digital tools by African firms and economist Mark Dutz on digital tech usage among micro enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. Discover the keys to unlocking Africa’s digital potential and the critical role of the private sector in this transformation.

    • 14 min
    Powering Africa: The Private Sector's Role in Africa’s Energy Transformation

    Powering Africa: The Private Sector's Role in Africa’s Energy Transformation

    At the 2024 Spring Meetings, World Bank Group President Ajay Banga announced an ambitious commitment to bring energy access to 300 million people in Africa by 2030, in partnership with the African Development Bank. But what will it take to achieve this, and how will the International Finance Corporation and the private sector contribute to this goal? In this episode of IFC Audio Stories Sarvesh Suri, IFC's Director for Infrastructure and Natural Resources in Africa, shares some of the financial tools and innovative solutions that could help transform the continent's energy landscape.  

    • 13 min
    Designing for Women: Tailoring Financial Solutions to Close the Gender Gap

    Designing for Women: Tailoring Financial Solutions to Close the Gender Gap

    In this episode of IFC Audio Stories we discuss women's economic empowerment with Jessica Schnabel, the Global Head of Banking on Women at IFC. Designing for women is a game-changing approach, says Jessica, as she shares insights on gender-focused financial instruments, services and initiatives that are reshaping the landscape of women's economic inclusion. 

    • 11 min
    Private Sector Strategies for Water Sustainability

    Private Sector Strategies for Water Sustainability

    This World Water Day, IFC Audio Stories dives into the crucial topic of water. Host Lindy Mtongana is joined by IFC's Lalrin Sailo and George Butler to explore IFC's work in supporting emerging markets in meeting their sustainable development goals for water and sanitation. Learn about the role of the private sector in water management and the importance of valuing water properly in light of evolving climate change impacts. 

    • 7 min

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