“As the world seeks to address global challenges such as extreme poverty, gender discrimination and climate change, it is clear that the role of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) has never been more important. It’s a brave new world out there, and from the data we’re seeing, IFIs continue to be at the forefront of delivering on critical development objectives, improving the lives of those that need it the most.

As catalysts for private sector investment, IFIs play a crucial role in fostering the flow of capital to where it is needed. In less established markets they can be instrumental in laying the groundwork for growth by encouraging the implementation of best practices in governance and economic management.

In a fast-changing world, IFIs have had to adapt to economic and geopolitical developments in order to continue to maximize their developmental impact and to navigate an increasingly complex global political environment.

To understand how IFI activity is evolving, we have analyzed where and how three major IFIs have been investing. Our team has analyzed all the investments each IFI has made in the last eight years and used it to identify a number of trends in their activity. The geographic trends we see pose interesting questions, particularly when we cross-reference these trends with respected measures of risk.

We think that this analysis provides an insightful view of how IFIs are deploying their capital – and sheds light on the challenges and opportunities they face looking to the future.”

-Bernd Brunke, Managing Director