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SmartLessons: Real Experiences, Real Development

The SmartLessons in Video series are lessons learned presented in a short and concise audio-visual style during which development practitioners share first-hand practical lessons on projects or programs, through the prism of their own experience.

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Maximizing the World Bank Group Synergies through Collaboration and Innovation: Lessons Learned from the Thika Project in Kenya

This SmartLesson in Video addresses some of the challenges that were faced during the preparation and execution of the Thika Project: the first time an international commercial bank provided long-term financing to a power project in Kenya. There were a number of challenges and the World Bank Group team worked to overcome them and learned a number of lessons

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Transforming Markets, Increasing Access: Early Lessons Learned on the Base-of-the-Pyramid Market Development in Sanitation

About 600 million people across Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to adequate sanitation. In Kenya, 6.6 million households are in need of upgraded or new sanitation facilities. This SmartLessons in Video shares the lessons learned from the Selling Sanitation campaign - a strategic collaboration across the World Bank Group which leveraged the capacity of both the private and public sectors to effect market transformation

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Employing Women: A Boon for a Chemical Plant in India

Meghmani Organics Limited (MOL) is a chemical company in India. In 2008, IFC invested in MOL to build Meghmani FineChem Limited (MFL), a greenfield chlor-alkali plant in Dahej, a port city in Gujarat which at the time had about 2,000 employees but no women. This SmartLesson in Video provides a snapshot of the changes that took place in the company following IFC's recommendation for the company to employ women

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Africa Can Compete! The Miracle of Tiny Lesotho - Sub-Saharan Africa's Largest Garment Exporter

The tiny landlocked mountain Kingdom of Lesotho has grown to be Sub-Saharan Africa's largest exporter of textiles and garments. The sector has become the country's largest employer - with 40,000 mostly female workers who represent 20 percent of the formal workforce - and makes a significant contribution to reducing poverty in the country. This SmartLesson in Video highlights the lessons learned from this extraordinary success

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Implementing a Collaboration Platform: Making Behavior Change Part of the Plan.

Creating a cultural shift from communicating primarily via email and phone calls to using a virtual platform is one of the biggest challenges in the work environment. This SmartLesson highlights some of the assumptions that are made when it comes to setting up a collaboration platform

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Cooperative Financial Institutions: Working to Improve Universal Financial Access

Cooperative Financial Institutions are the World Bank Group's strategic partners when it comes to attaining the goals that we have set with improving universal financial access. This SmartLesson in Video presents an overview of what has been done and what has been learned in our engagement with cooperatives

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Breaking Free of the Branch: Designing Alternative Delivery Channel Projects for Microfinance Banks in Africa

Nearly 80% of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have an account with a formal financial institution. IFC and the MasterCard Foundation have recently partnered to introduce alternative delivery channels in IFC's key micro-finance partners in Africa. Although the partnership is still at an early stage, this SmartLesson in Video, distills some general lessons from our first alternative delivery channel engagements

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Private Equity’s Last Frontier: Getting Capital into the Hands of Entrepreneurs Rebuilding West Africa’s War-Torn Economies

In fragile or frontier economies, SMEs often have difficulty getting access to long-term risk capital. IFC through the SME ventures program is working with the West Africa Venture Fund (WAVF) - an IFC investee fund - to channel risk capital and advisory support to SMEs operating in some of the world's toughest places. This SmartLesson in Video shares the lesons learned as private equity investors work closely with investee firms to achieve goals that spur private sector growth in fragile countries in West Africa

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Resilience in Action: Getting Capital into the Hands of Women Entrepreneurs in West Africa: Lessons Learned from the SME Ventures Program

The SME Ventures Program has supported high-growth SMEs in Sierra Leone and Liberia, including those owned by women. In this video, Dr. Eva Roberts who is one of the entrepreneurs who has benefitted from the SME Ventures program shares the lessons she has learned in building her business especially in the face of the Ebola epidemic.

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Improving the Lives of Women through Employment: Lessons Learned from the Better Work Program

There are more than 35 million people working in garment factories around the world. More than half of them are women. IFC in partnership with the International Labour Organization, has created a unique partnership called the Better Work Program. The program is present in over 1,000 garment factories in eight countries across the world. 80% of the workers in these factories are women. In this SmartLesson in Video, we share the lessons learned as we have worked with the garment factories to help women understand their rights and harness their power to realize those rights.

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Leveraging the Power of Partnerships to Improve Workers' Conditions: Lessons Learned from the Better Work Program

To address the many challenges faced by factory workers around the world, IFC and ILO formed a unique partnership called the Better Work Program. This SmartLesson in Video shares the lessons learned from this partnerships as both institutions leveraged each others' strengths with IFC using the Global Trade Supplier Finance program to provide direct financial incentives for sustainability.