Knowledge Note

The International Finance Corporation, the WBG’s private sector arm, recently published this report which gives an overview of IFC’s strategic alignment with the SDGs and articulates how its operations contribute to achieving the SDGs. IFC operations contribute to several SDGs. Integral to IFC’s mandate and aligned with the WBG’s twin goals are SDGs 1 and 10: ‘No Poverty’ and ‘Reduced Inequality.’ At the strategic sector level, IFC promotes investment and advisory projects in infrastructure, agriculture, financial inclusion, health and education—aligned with SDGs 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9. Across sectors and regions, IFC seeks to promote employment creation and economic growth, gender equality, environmental and social sustainability, and climate-change adaptation and mitigation—aligned with SDGs 8, 5, 12, and 13, respectively. Furthermore, IFC has prioritized partnership with private investors to mobilize new sources of finance—aligned with SDG 17.