The OPIC Blog

The Liberian Observer Features Elizabeth L. Littlefield on Liberia’s Investment Opportunity

“We are here to offer Liberian companies face-to-face access to investors and to provide information about the resources that OPIC and interested investors may be able to share. Perhaps most important, we are here to help send a message to other investors around the world: Liberia is open for business,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield writes in the Read more…

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“American businesses are among our best ambassadors”: OPIC’s Littlefield speaks at White House Development Summit

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield joined President Barack Obama and leaders from government, the private sector and civil society July 20 at White House Summit on Global Development, where she outlined the increasingly important role that businesses and investors were playing in expanding access to education, healthcare, technology, energy and more, in emerging markets. “Private businesses are investing Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: MicroBuild

Millions of people across the globe lack access to a range of financial services, from bank accounts to small business loans to home mortgages, and this shortage presents a significant development challenge that can limit the well-being of individual families as well as the potential for communities’ economic growth. OPIC has helped address this challenge by supporting multiple projects that Read more…

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Featured Photo: Providing clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of families in Algiers

In Algeria, where the Sahara meets the Mediterranean, sea water is abundant but drinking water is scarce. The Hamma Water Desalination plant uses reverse osmosis technology to transform sea water, a resource that is abundant but unusable in its natural form, into the most essential substance of human life. Today it provides clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Read more…

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Focus on OPIC Impact Award winner: QuantumID Technologies

  OPIC understands that American small businesses can play a critical role in the global economy, and the Agency actively reaches out to small businesses around the country. As a result, well over half the new development projects to which OPIC commits each involve an American small or medium business. The OPIC Impact Award in the American Small Business category Read more…

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Storify: The 2016 OPIC Impact Awards

The 2016 #OPICImpact Awards  For the third straight year OPIC formally recognized seven partners for their work in development at the 2016 OPIC Impact Awards on July 7. Here’s a look at the digital conversation that took place during the ceremony. [<a href=”//storify.com/opicgov/opic-2016-impact-awards” target=”_blank”>View the story “OPIC 2016 Impact Awards” on Storify</a>]

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Advancing global development through impact investing: OPIC featured in OnFrontiers

What constitutes an impact investment? OPIC’s Dia Martin offers a simple explanation. It covers, she says, the things “you need to live” including agriculture, education, access to finance, healthcare, renewable energy, water and sanitation. Martin, Director of Social Enterprise Finance at OPIC, was featured discussing OPIC’s Impact Investing strategy in OnFrontiers, Martin explains how impact investing can advance global development Read more…

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Why Africa needs more pioneering investors … and how OPIC can support them

With more than ten percent of the world’s population and less than two percent of the world’s GDP, Africa needs far more investment than it receives, Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, writes in Into Africa, a publication focusing on the continent’s emerging capital markets. The piece, which outlines the ways OPIC can help mitigate risks to investors, Read more…

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Focus on Impact Award Winner: BMR Energy, LLC

OPIC’s work to help address the world’s most critical development challenges takes many shapes. But one of the key ways is through investing in clean and reliable energy. Earlier this month OPIC recognized BMR Energy, LLC with an Impact Award for its work building a wind power plant in Jamaica. Many may not realize that energy security is a major Read more…

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Featured Photo: Building a supply chain to support Afghanistan’s wool producers

Featured Photo: Building a supply chain to support Afghanistan’s wool producers Nesar Nusraty, CEO of 2016 OPIC Impact Award winner American Wool and Cashmere, shows how wool produced by Afghan goat herders is sorted and de-haired before being shipped to market. American Wool of Beltsville, Maryland used OPIC financing to establish a delivery infrastructure so that wool produced in western Read more…

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