Investment Learning Centre

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IMPACT – why we are doing it

For 50 years, UNIDO has worked with governments and the private sector to promote investment. Quality of investment projects proposals and studies is a key factor affecting both foreign and domestic investment flows. Governments and entrepreneurs of developing and developed countries alike require properly prepared feasibility studies for investment projects in order to take sound investment decisions based on right choice of technologies that accommodate industrial growth and sustainability. UNIDO responded to this need by developing methodologies and tools for identification, preparation and promotion of investment and technology projects.


ILC disseminates UNIDO methodologies and tools for investment project development, promotion and implementation: from identification of investment opportunities to project implementation. UNIDO publications and software have introduced the best practices and quality standards for project preparation and evaluation recognized by banks as well as international development and financial institutions such as the World Bank, UNDP, OECD, etc.  Financial and economic appraisal is conducted with application of COMFAR software (Computer Model for Feasibility Analysis and Reporting); a flagship UNIDO product for over 30 years.

IMPLEMENTATION – how we do it

ILC develops training kits and curricula, offers distant, online learning, assists in organization and conducts its own in-class training as well as coaching and on-the-job training. Training is offered at several levels: from beginner’s level to training of trainers, accompanied by certification and quality assurance schemes.  ILC activities are geared to assist and improve efficiency of UNIDO’s own technical cooperation programmes and to meet direct demand by public institutions and private counterparts. They are implemented in synergy with other UNIDO programmes, including SMEs and entrepreneurship support and development programmes. Specialized capability building programmes are implemented together with other UN agencies and organizations, intermediate financial institutions, banks and other DFI as well as academic and research institutions, universities and regional centers of excellence.

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