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  1. August 20, 2014

    IFC launches $2.5bn rupee bond programme

    The International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank, has launched a $2.5bn rupee bond programme, the largest...

  2. July 13, 2014

    Students opt for internships with impact

    Creating marketing plans for Afghan artisans, enhancing nutrition in African food and developing healthcare in the Middle...

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  1. July 9, 2014

    IFC review puts $3bn Latin America bank merger in the balance

    Latin America’s largest bank merger in recent years, between Brazil’s Itaú-Unibanco and Chile’s CorpBanca, is in the balance...

  2. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2014

    Psychometrics help ease the huge EM funding gap

    How do you bank the “unbankable”? The question could hardly be of more importance to small businesses in emerging markets,...

  3. June 17, 2014

    IFC issues renminbi green bond in London

    The first renminbi-denominated “green bond” has been issued in London, marking a further step forward in the...

  4. June 13, 2014

    Development groups can drive commercial innovation

    As development organisations look for ways of doing more with less, the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards suggest one...

  5. beyondbrics

    June 6, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * US warns on China air force spending | A Pentagon report claims that Beijing’s annual defence spending is...

  6. June 6, 2014

    World Bank backs Crédit Agricole loans

    The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation has agreed to guarantee part of a $2bn portfolio of emerging market loans...

  7. May 16, 2014

    US revival warrants EM strategy rethink

    Ignore the words of investing’s greatest brand marketeer at your peril. The man who gave us emerging markets now suggests...

  8. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2014

    IFC issues first Rwandan local currency bond

    Investor appetite for African local currency bonds issued by foreign institutions shows little sign of abating. On...

  9. April 27, 2014

    Independent director backs CorpBanca-Itaú merger

    An independent director of CorpBanca, the Chilean institution undergoing one of Latin America’s largest bank mergers, said...

  10. beyondbrics

    April 10, 2014

    The rise of the... Masala bond?

    The World Bank’s move doubling to $2bn its offshore-rupee bond programme today marks a significant moment in the...

  11. April 10, 2014

    India to double offshore rupee bond programme

    India is set to take a major step toward currency internationalisation with World Bank plans to double its offshore rupee...

  12. beyondbrics

    April 9, 2014

    Jim O'Neill: shifting trade, a threat to global institutions

    Jim O’Neill believes, not for the first time, that economists and policy makers have got it wrong. They underestimate how...

  13. March 26, 2014

    Big projects fuel northeast Brazil’s push to keep momentum

    As the bus enters the site of the future industrial zone, an expanse of civil construction works stretches as far as the eye...

  14. FT Alphaville

    March 25, 2014

    Turquoise -- still the colour of money in Mongolia?

    Decision time approaches for Mongolia, Rio Tinto and Turquoise Hill on Oyu Tolgoi, the enormous copper mining project that...

  15. March 14, 2014

    Daimler sells first renminbi bond in China

    Daimler has sold a Rmb500m “panda” bond to Chinese investors, the German company announced on Friday, making it the first...

  16. March 11, 2014

    Ecobank board ousts chief executive Thierry Tanoh

    The controversial chief executive of Ecobank Transnational has been ousted by the bank’s board, bringing an end to a...

  17. March 5, 2014

    Goldman seeds $600m fund for women entrepreneurs

    Goldman Sachs and the World Bank are launching a fund aimed at raising $600m in capital for 100,000 women entrepreneurs in...

  18. February 26, 2014

    IFC to offer London-listed renminbi bond

    The International Finance Corp plans to issue a Rmb1bn bond to be listed in London. The transaction, to be announced on...

  19. February 17, 2014

    African lender faces internal mutiny over leadership

    Thierry Tanoh, chief executive of Ecobank Transnational, is facing a mutiny as he fends off fresh efforts to remove him from...

  20. February 12, 2014

    World Bank to investigate its investment in tea group

    The World Bank is launching a formal investigation of its investment into a company set up by Tata Global Beverages, maker...

  21. February 10, 2014

    Tata urged to give tea plantation workers way out of share scheme

    Tata Global Beverages, maker of the Tetley tea brand, has been urged to allow impoverished plantation workers to withdraw...

  22. beyondbrics

    January 10, 2014

    Honduras claims: 'Worst is yet to come'

    The World Bank’s private sector lending arm has been very publicly rapped over the knuckles for its handling of an...

  23. January 10, 2014

    World Bank arm under fire on project with group linked to killings

    The World Bank’s private-sector lending arm has been issued a damning reprimand by an independent ombudsman for its handling...

  24. beyondbrics

    December 24, 2013

    2013 in review: beyondbrics' most popular guest posts

    Alongside the various FT correspondents around the world, beyondbrics plays host to a wide range of guest writers, among...

  25. December 23, 2013

    World Bank unit toughens staff rules

    The International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector lending arm, has toughened rules for staff engagement...

  26. December 13, 2013

    ‘Chocfinger’ sells trading arm for price of a Mars bar

    Anthony Ward, the cocoa trader known as “Chocfinger” for a string of audacious deals in commodities markets, has been forced...

  27. December 5, 2013

    IFC to launch $5bn rupee bond scheme

    The International Finance Corporation plans to launch a $5bn domestic Indian rupee-denominated bond programme, in a further...

  28. November 24, 2013

    ‘Chocfinger’ ambitions soured by tough cocoa market

    In the world of cocoa, there are few who know more about the market than the man dubbed “Chocfinger”. So it was a shock to...

  29. November 17, 2013

    Zurich pledges $1bn to go green

    Zurich Insurance Group is to invest up to $1bn into “green” bonds that finance projects aimed at mitigating climate change...

  30. beyondbrics

    November 7, 2013

    Actis: a $220mn Cameroonian power grab

    Actis, a British private equity investor, wants to provide Cameroonians with power. On Thursday it agreed to pay $220mn to...

  31. FT Alphaville

    October 18, 2013

    Rajan rupee metaphor/ lesson du jour

    To be added to the growing collection of central bank educational tools… Frankly, this isn’t a patch on the ECB’s Top Floor...

  32. October 10, 2013

    Hopes high for Nigeria power privatisation

    The era of one of Nigeria’s most damaging rackets could just be drawing to a close. In early October, President Goodluck...

  33. October 9, 2013

    India takes big step to internationalise the rupee

    India is making a big move to internationalise its currency through a deal with the World Bank to launch the first offshore...

  34. beyondbrics

    October 2, 2013

    Singapore SWF invests in Brazilian sewage

    Who says sewage treatment can’t be a sweet smelling business? Certainly not Singapore’s GIC. The city state’s sovereign...

  35. beyondbrics

    September 19, 2013

    IFC Zambia bonds: looking local

    Sometimes you get lucky – the International Finance Corporation certainly did when it picked Thursday to launch its first...

  36. August 21, 2013

    ‘Sea turtles’ who swim out again

    When foreign investment took off in China in the 1980s, Dinggui Gao enrolled locally for an MBA. If this impressed his...

  37. August 18, 2013

    Boom in plastic money as Nigeria spends, spends, spends

    In 2002, when Mitchell Elegbe was starting his technology business, there were few proper bank cards in Nigeria, ATMs were...

  38. beyondbrics

    August 7, 2013

    Nigeria: IFC eyes more local bonds

    Why change a winning formula? The International Finance Corporation was successful when it launched its first...

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