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Training: Sustainable MSME finance into practice and profit

06 February 2024
8 : 00
11 : 00
Training: Sustainable MSME finance into practice and profit

How to use the Sustainable MSME Finance Reference Guide for emerging market financial institutions.


MSMEs financing needs are usually of small amounts and for operational expenditures, different than the large capital expenditure projects of bigger companies. Green and social eligible expenditures are, thus, unique in the context of banks’ operations with MSMEs. IFC’s Sustainable MSME Finance Reference Guide – the first ever on the market – was designed to help financial institutions deploy sustainable finance for MSMEs and, thus, integrate MSME financial products with sustainability objectives and strengthen their own funding through the issuance of sustainable debt.

To provide insights into sustainable MSME finance and make a deep dive into the Guide, the IFC’s Green Bond Technical Assistance Program (GB-TAP) launched, for the first time this highly practical exclusive virtual program on how financial institutions can implement sustainable finance when lending to MSMEs. The program contains learning materials and dynamic learning components, such case studies and interactive discussions. The session is designed specifically for emerging market financial institutions interested in applying sustainable finance in loans to MSMEs.

The webinar was delivered by Francisco Avendaño, leading market practitioner from the IFC. The program seeks to strengthen the participating bank staff's foundational skills in green and sustainable finance in the context of MSMEs. Participants were presented with a step-by-step approach to implementing sustainable MSME finance and distinct use of proceeds for sustainable MSME finance.

Pre-requisites include reading the Sustainable MSME Finance Reference Guide for emerging market financial institutions.

This virtual program is non-assessed, and participants will not receive a certificate of attendance.


Francisco Avendano, IFC Climate and Sustainable Finance Senior Operations Officer.

Francisco is a lead practitioner on Climate and Sustainable Finance with substantial expertise at the interface between investment strategy, business development, policy, decarbonization, biodiversity, and broader sustainability areas. Extensive experience in fixed income, intermediary finance, infrastructure financing, green bonds, green loans, sustainability-linked bonds/loans, ESG integration, and metrics, integration of funding, corporate policies, and sustainability for international banking, manufacturing, ICT, energy, chemical, and infrastructure assets.


Helena Dill, IFC Consultant – Sustainable and Climate Finance.

Helena is a sustainable finance specialist with 12 years of experience working globally on finance, capital markets, investment projects, and public policy. Prior to joining IFC, Helena worked for the World Bank’s Treasury advising countries on sustainable finance instruments and solutions to manage financial, disaster, and commodity risks. Before that, she served as an advisor at Brazil’s Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Finance, structuring public-private partnerships and infrastructure projects and advising on regulatory reforms of financial markets and other industries. She was also a Manager at the Brazilian National Treasury, negotiating and approving investment loans. Helena has a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Development Economics from Brazil.


Jeanne Massé, IFC Consultant – Sustainable Finance.

Jeanne has 15 years of experience in finance dedicated to emerging and developing countries. She joined the World Bank Group in 2019 to improve access to climate finance for the livestock sector and financing solar and wind energy projects. Since 2022, she has worked with the IFC's Climate Finance team to coordinate projects related to green, social, and sustainability bonds, including the Green Bond Technical Assistance Program (GBTAP). Before joining the World Bank Group, Jeanne began her career as an equity derivatives trader at Commerzbank in London, specializing in emerging markets. After working for the United Nations Capital Development Fund in New York, she joined the impact investment fund MISSIO Invest, which finances climate-smart agricultural projects on the African continent. Jeanne holds a master's degree in business from NEOMA, in Reims, France, a master's degree in finance from Paris Dauphine University, and a master's degree in international development from Columbia University in New York.


Hosted by 

Qamar Saleem, CEO, SME Finance Forum

Prior to this role, Qamar was the Manager Financial Institutions Group Advisory Services for Asia and Pacific driving leading a large team across 20 countries aimed at providing integrated investment/advisory client solutions across mainly MSME, Gender, Climate, Digital, Housing, Trade, and Supply Chain Finance. Qamar has been with IFC since 2012 and served in his previous roles as global technical lead for SME and Supply Chain Finance as well as regional SME Banking lead for EMENA.  Qamar has 30+ years of global financial services experience having worked across 60+ countries internationally managing large business lines while leading multi-cultural and cross-functional teams. He is a recognized thought leader, featured speaker, and an industry mentor in SME Finance. Prior to joining IFC, Qamar was associated with international organizations like HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank as well as large regional banks while serving in several emerging markets where he also led SME Banking and Commercial Banking Divisions.  Qamar holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and carries several certifications in the areas of Strategy, Climate Finance, Digital Banking, Business Transformation, Social Impact, MSME Banking, Team Leadership, Supply Chain Finance, Credit, Risk, Trade, Sales Effectiveness, Transaction Banking and Project Implementation. 

Unlock the potential of your institution to operate sustainable finance with MSMEs.

Limited spaces – register now!

When - Thursday, February 8th, 2023

Time - From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST 


Financial EducationSustainable Finance