IBRD Financial Products

  • The World Bank Treasury Banking team designs and implements financial products and provides advisory services that help clients maximize access to development financing and mitigate risks.

    The team helps clients find the most suitable financing sources and financial terms for projects. Depending on financing source and financing terms our clients may be exposed to currency, interest rate and/or refinancing risks. They may also be vulnerable to natural disasters or commodity price volatility that have severe economic impacts.

    The World Bank offers a suite of financial products ranging from loans, credits and guarantees; to risk management products, contingent credit lines, and insurance/reinsurance and derivatives. The Banking team also offers advisory services to help our clients on a variety of topics.

    Why work with the World Bank Treasury?

    The World Bank Treasury has deep relationships with major financial institutions and unmatched financial sector expertise, anchored in years of capital markets and structured funding activities. The team leverages the World Bank’s (IDA and IBRD) AAA credit rating, market presence, and convening power to identify and help implement the right solution for our clients.

  • Depending on financing source and financing terms, our clients may be exposed to currency, interest rate and/or refinancing risks. They may also be vulnerable to natural disasters or commodity price volatility that have severe economic impacts. The World Bank offers a suite of financial products to mitigate those risks.

    e-Learning Program

    This self-paced, e-learning program with three courses, provides an overview of the World Bank financial products, to help clients and operational staff find the most suitable financing sources and financial terms for projects.

    All the courses in the program, beginner level, are suited for clients and World Bank operational staff who are interested in learning about World Bank Financial Products. 

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    Introduction to World Bank Financial Products

    Meet Miguel Navarro-Martin, Manager of Financial Products and Client Solutions, the team that designs and implements the World Bank financial products and provide advisory services that help clients to maximize access to development financing and mitigate risk. In this short video, he explains the topics covered by the e-learning course.


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    Financial Risk Management Products

    This course focuses on products that help mitigate financial risks including risks for currency, commodity price volatility, liquidity – contingent credit lines and guarantees - and the fiscal impact of natural disasters and weather-related events.

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    IBRD Flexible Loan (IFL)

    This course focuses on IBRD’s flagship loan product for eligible members. IFL offers a wide choice of financial terms that are tailored to the needs of the purpose of the financing or the member country’s overall debt management strategy. Learn about the maturities, currency selection, pricing options by country, conversion provisions, interest rate fixing/un-fixing options, and more.


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    Disaster Risk Financing

    This course focuses on financial products available to help governments, sub-national governments and state-owned enterprises manage risks related to natural disasters and the weather. The products include contingent financing instruments, insurance/re-insurance, catastrophe bonds, whether derivatives and more.

    Additional learning opportunities offered by the World Bank Treasury

    World Bank Treasury delivers over 30 face-to-face workshops and webinars each year, customized for clients upon request:

    • Introduction to World Bank Financial Products
    • IBRD Flexible Loan 101
    • World Bank Financial Risk Management Products – Interest rate and currency risk management
    • World Bank Commodity Price Volatility Management Products
    • World Bank Guarantee Products
    • IBRD Enclave Financing for IDA countries
    • World Bank Disaster Risk Financing Products
    • IDA Single Currency Lending Pilot Program
    • IDA Scale Up Facility
    • Green and Other Sustainable Bond Market Development
    • Transitioning from IDA to IBRD – opportunities and implications

    For more information, please contact Amira Amat at aamat@worldbank.org 

  • December 3, 2019 World Bank Treasury published a case study - The Philippines: Transferring the Cost of Severe Natural Disasters to Capital Markets about the catastrophe bonds to insure the Philippines.

    November 25, 2019 - World Bank Treasury issued catastrophe bonds to insure Philippines for three years up to US$75 million for losses from earthquakes and US$150 million for losses from tropical cyclones.

    October 21, 2019 -  World Bank Treasury organized the second roundtable on the "Sovereign Issuer Engagement with Investors on Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues"