Publication: What Gets Measured Gets Done: Using a Corporate Scorecard to Drive Greater Investment Impact

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Narayanaswamy, Meera
In 2018, International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) shareholders authorized a capital increase of 5.5 billion dollars, the largest increase in its history. The capital increase was based on a strategy that emphasizes creating markets and mobilizing private capital and came with ambitious operational undertakings designed to ensure IFC’s place at the forefront of development finance, and to reinvigorate development in the world’s most challenging environments. To help implement these hefty undertakings, measure progress, and motivate staff, IFC took a fresh look at how the Corporation uses operational targets to achieve strategic goals and overhauled its corporate scorecard. Institutions seeking to implement a transformational strategy, as well as impact investors and development finance institutions balancing financial and impact objectives, can learn from how the revamped scorecard balances risk-taking with prudence, innovation with traditional business priorities, and speed with governance, to drive greater investment impact.
Narayanaswamy, Meera. 2021. What Gets Measured Gets Done: Using a Corporate Scorecard to Drive Greater Investment Impact. EMCompass;No. 108. © International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC. License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO.
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