Our Partners

Grow Learn Connect was founded by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to support the sustainable growth of MSMEs in emerging markets through capacity building and skills development. IFC has partnered with some of the globe's most respected learning organizations, such as The Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL) and The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI), to develop our standards and the IFC-LPI TPMA certification.

Institutional Partners

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 developing countries. IFC finances private sector businesses in emerging markets, mobilizes capital in international financial markets, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides advisory services both to businesses and governments.

IFC has extensive experience in promoting, conducting, and evaluating learning and performance initiatives. Our own research, aw well as feedback and demand from our diverse client base, shows a deep need and opportunity in the performance and learning space in emerging markets.

Technical Members

Founded in 1995 in the UK, The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) is an independent, not-for-profit global authority on learning and development. It offers several certifications, including the Trainer Performance Monitoring and Assessment (TPMA) certification. IFC and LPI have partnered to offer the IFC-LPI TPMA Certification, an internationally recognized certificate of training competence that is building a network of trusted, high-quality service providers in emerging markets around the world.



The Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL), formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development, is a not-for-profit membership organization for workplace learning professionals. The Institute for Performance and Learning has 16 locations across Canada, where both new and senior practitioners connect to drive excellence in workplace learning – from contributing to best practices, to offering professional development opportunities. IFC's Guide to Training is based on I4PL’s framework of competencies.