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Archive for April, 2012

Putting the “Impact” in Investing

The recent Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington D.C. drew hundreds of participants from the worlds of finance and philanthropy, underscoring the growing interest in focusing private investments on projects that will advance a social good. The forum, which featured a special address from OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield, generated considerable discussion about the roles of the private and public Read more…

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Microfinance support for small businesses in Israel

Small businesses are so universally recognized as a key “engine of the economy,” that that very phrase has become cliché. But the fact remains that banks prefer lending money to established organizations. This recent Times of Israel story explores that dilemma as well as the “magic of microfinance” in helping those small businesses make it big. It also shows how Read more…

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Addressing the lack of long-term lending for renewable energy

“Despite significant growth over the past few years, India’s renewable energy sector remains underserved, primarily due to the inability of financial institutions to offer long-term lending,” OPIC recently explained in a blog post for the U.S. Commerce Department. The post discusses OPIC’s recent approval of $250 million in financing to help India’s Infrastructure Development Finance Corp. (IDFC) expand lending for Read more…

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Development and health

Saturday April 7 is World Health Day, an annual event the World Health Organization hosts to call attention to public health challenges across the planet. Although these health challenges are not confined to developing countries, many of the world’s low-income and least-developed countries lack the basic infrastructure, energy, and access to finance that is essential to ensuring food and water Read more…

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Dr. Lawrence Spinelli, OPIC’s Director of Public Affairs: “The credit crisis is a very real challenge for businesses and OPIC is here to help them.”

How OPIC has made a special effort to work with small businesses As the Director of Public Affairs for OPIC, Dr. Larry Spinelli spearheads the Expanding Horizons seminars and workshops, which help educate American small- and medium-sized businesses about the benefits of entering emerging markets abroad, and the ways that OPIC’s finance and political risk insurance products can help. With Read more…

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OPIC in Action: Expanding Education Opportunities for Palestinian Children

OPIC’s Robert Drumheller and Maria Goravanchi recently met with primary school children at Ibrahim School in Jenin, West Bank who were reading in both Arabic and English on their netbooks after school.   An OPIC loan is expected to distribute between 100,000 and 280,000 computers to school children there over the next ten years. The Netketabi – Arabic for ‘my Read more…

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