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OPIC’s Webb describes investment successes in vulnerable countries

Tracey Webb, OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance and Solutions, spoke on a panel on Energy Development May 19 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she said many of OPIC’s most successful projects have been in the world’s most vulnerable countries. “Over our history, the power projects that have performed the best have actually been in the more Read more…

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Featured Photo: Homework continues after the sun goes down

Two students in India continue working on their homework after the sun goes down with the use of Greenlight Planet’s portable solar light. OPIC provided a $5 million in financing to help Greenlight Planet introduce affordable solar lighting and phone charging stations in emerging markets around the world. Chicago-based Greenlight Planet has its roots in the University of Illinois, where Read more…

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The words say it all: OPIC’s team describes OPIC

Creative. Collaborative. Nimble. Efficient. Effective. Innovative. These are some of the words OPIC’s employees used most often to describe the Agency last year, a year in which we ranked one of the best places to work in the federal government. OPIC’s 2015 annual report features this word cloud that reveals a development agency with a clear and effective mission and Read more…

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Survey shows measured optimism for investing in emerging market private equity

More than two-thirds of global limited partners plan to maintain or increase their commitments to emerging market private equity funds, with Southeast Asia, India and Sub-Saharan Africa generating the most interest, a new survey shows. The Global Limited Partners Survey from the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) showed that investors who planned to increase investments were motivated not only Read more…

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Featured Photo: Bringing much needed power to Senegal

Workers lay the groundwork for a 53 MW power facility in Senegal, which is being built with the support of up to $100 million in OPIC financing.  The project is OPIC’s first financing of grid-connected power project in Senegal, and one of several power generation projects OPIC is supporting as part of the U.S. Power Africa initiative, aimed at doubling Read more…

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A vision of growth in West Africa

ContourGlobal’s Cap des Biches power plant in Senegal. Credit: U.S. Embassy Dakar By: Subha Nagarajan, OPIC Managing Director of West and Central Africa Over the past two years, African countries have enacted many reforms to improve the business climate. And as the site of so many of the world’s low-income countries, Africa is a region with growing focus for the Read more…

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Why emerging markets need more private equity

This week, the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) is gathering in Washington for its annual meeting, generating considerable discussion about the state of the industry and the merits of investing in some of the world’s poorest places. In this piece on Medium, Brooks Preston, OPIC’s Vice President of Investment Funds, highlights some of the ways private equity can support Read more…

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Featured photo: A mother prepares the family meal on a clean cookstove

This mother in Kumasi, Ghana handily operates a large cookstove made by Envirofit International, which is using OPIC financing to introduce cleaner cooking technology throughout the developing world. Indoor air pollution from unsafe cooking methods is a leading cause of indoor air pollution and a major health hazard in developing countries, and Envirofit of Fort Collins, Colorado has developed technologies Read more…

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Growing Partnerships and Opportunities: Investing in the Asia-Pacific Region

Workers package raw cocoa powder at the Big Tree Farms facility in Bali, Indonesia. OPIC committed a $3.7 million loan to the company, based in Oregon, that works with cocoa and coconut farmers in to produce a variety of products like sweetener that generate higher profit margins and help farmers earn more income.   By Geoffrey Tan OPIC Managing Director, Read more…

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Featured Photo: Helping low income families purchase homes

In Nicaragua, a boy steps out of his home that his family was able to purchase with a microfinance loan from OPIC-supported MicroBuild. Millions of people throughout the developing world lack access to formal financial services like bank mortgages, but the microfinance lending supported by Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity’s MicroBuild Fund has help support microfinance lending for housing to people Read more…

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