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Putting the “Impact” in Investing

April 25, 2012

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
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Microfinance support for small businesses in Israel

April 11, 2012

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
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Addressing the lack of long-term lending for renewable energy

April 10, 2012

“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
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Development and health

April 05, 2012

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
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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.”

April 04, 2012

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
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OPIC in Action: Expanding Education Opportunities for Palestinian Children

April 02, 2012

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
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