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LONDON, 3 May 2018: The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have announced the shortlists for the 2018 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, a global program that highlights ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to major development issues.
The 2018 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards mark 13 years of collaboration between the FT and IFC on awarding initiatives that have had a substantial impact on the way financial and non-financial institutions approach sustainable investment.
The crucial role of the private sector in global efforts to address climate change, achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and eliminate poverty, is a key focus, with special attention given to products and services that harness disruptive technologies and business solutions to increase impact and efficiency.
A total of 189 entries were received from 278 organisations involving projects in more than 126 countries.
The shortlisted nominees are as follows:
Achievement in Transformational Infrastructure
Chaldal Grocery Delivery Network, Bangladesh
CleanMax / Tata Motors Rooftop Solar, India
Fluence Energy Storage Program, US
Nissan Energy Electric Vehicle Power Solutions, France
Wecyclers Entrepreneurial Recycling Force, Nigeria
Achievement in Transformational Infrastructure: Green Buildings
Africa Building Partners Mother & Baby Unit, Ghana
Capital House EcoHome Phuc Loi Project, Vietnam
Morocco Green Mosques Program
Achievement in Transformational Finance
Aihuishou Electronics Recycling Platform, China
Alipay Financial Access Platform, China
Climate Fund Managers Investor One Funds, Netherlands
GuiaBolso Digital Personal Finance Hub, Brazil
LuxEX Luxembourg Green Exchange
MicroEnsure Global Products Platform, UK
OASIS Loss Modelling Framework, UK
Achievement in Sustainable Development: Food, Water and Land
Connecterra Ida Dairy Farmers AI Assistant, Netherlands
DCM Shriram Meetha Sona Sugarcane Program, India
eWATERpay IoT Pre-Payment Meters, UK
SilverStreet Capital Poultry Value Chain Initiative, UK
Stanley Black & Decker Clean Tech Pump, US
SunCulture RainMaker Irrigation System, Kenya
Twiga Foods B2B Marketplace, Kenya
Achievement in Sustainable Development: Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention
hearScreen Healthy Hearing Solution, South Africa
JokkoSanté eHealth Loyalty Program, Senegal
Khushi Baby Maternal and Infant Digital Health Initiative, US
Lifetrack Medical Imaging Platform, Philippines
Logistimo eVin Vaccine Supply Chain Management, India
Novartis Access NCDs Affordable Treatment Program, US
Telenor Health Tonic Ecosystem, Bangladesh
Achievement in Sustainable Development: Education, Knowledge and Skills
Alqueria Education Quality Program, Colombia
Andela Talent Ecosystem, US
Beyond Water Entrepreneurship Capacity Building Program, UK
GE-Tata Trusts Healthcare Skills Program, India
Genius Plaza Digital Education Platform, US
PUJ Academic Innovation Program, Colombia
UX Biscate Skills Marketplace, Mozambique
The winners in each category will be announced at a dinner to be held at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on 6 June 2018.
The awards judging panel consists of:
·        Robert Armstrong, Chief Editorial Writer, Financial Times (co-chair)
·        Karin Finkelston, Vice President, Partnerships, Communications and Outreach, IFC (co-chair)
·        Samir Abhyankar, Partner, TPG Growth
·        Kalipso Chalkidou, Director, Global Health and Development Group, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College
·        Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group
·        Chris Locke, Founder, Caribou Digital
·        Kanini Mutooni, Director for Investment, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub
·        Kate Raworth, Economist, and Author, Doughnut Economics
·        Henrik Skovby, Executive Chairman, Dalberg Group
PwC is technical advisor to the programme.
The awards dinner will feature an address by Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, and author of Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time .
The dinner will conclude the FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference, a major half-day gathering of private sector decision-makers and thought leaders designed to explore and debate the issues generated by the Awards.
About the Financial Times:
The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organizations, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016, the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenue overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.
About IFC:
IFC — a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group — is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit .