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Archive for May, 2013

Featured photo: Bringing solar power to rural households in Nicaragua

Candido Rodriguez, a farmer who lives and works in a rural region of Nicaragua, was able to purchase a solar panel with the help of a local microfinance institution, Fondo de Desarrollo Local (FDL), that offers flexible repayment in order to make solar products affordable to families who live off the electric grid. FDL is one of the many microfinance Read more…

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The road to development begins with a road: OPIC receives multiple endorsements at Senate hearing

At a recent Senate hearing on International Development, OPIC was repeatedly cited for playing a leading role supporting development in ways that also support the American economy and national security. “No priority facing our nation is more important than putting Americans back to work,” John Murphy, Vice President for International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said at the Read more…

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Why the world’s poor are a good credit risk

By John Aldonas Deputy Vice President, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Does it make business sense to invest in the world’s poorest people? Earlier this month, I joined some OPIC clients on a panel at the Society for International Development, where we discussed why private sector investments in some of the poorest and least developed parts of the world Read more…

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Africa Day: Reflecting on progress and investing for the future

May 25 is Africa Day, which recognizes the founding of the African Union in 1963. This year, the 50th anniversary of African unity provides an opportunity to highlight the great progress the continent has made, and encourages a look toward the future. By almost all accounts, the future is bright. One commonly-cited statistic is that seven of the 10 fastest Read more…

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Doing business in Asia Pacific

By: Astri Kimball, OPIC Senior Advisor for Policy and Operations President Obama recently announced a new OPIC commitment to sustainable power and energy projects in the Asia-Pacific region, as part of the U.S.-Asia-Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (US-ACEP).  The Partnership will offer a framework for consolidating and expanding energy and environmental cooperation across existing regional forums to advance efforts to ensure Read more…

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Protecting your investment from political risk: A conversation with John Moran, OPIC’s Vice President of Insurance

OPIC’s political risk insurance allows U.S. businesses to take advantage of commercially attractive opportunities in emerging markets while mitigating risk and helping them to compete in a global marketplace. In this interview, John Moran, Vice President of Insurance, explains the work that he and his colleagues do to provide innovative, comprehensive and cost-effective risk-mitigation products. What types of companies come to OPIC Read more…

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Featured photo: Safe and affordable housing in Honduras

Los Castanos de Choloma affordable housing project in Choloma, Honduras, was designed with a central park area that provides shelter from surrounding violence and encourages residents to maintain and take pride in their property. Inter-Mac International Inc. is using OPIC financing to build a community of 2,400 single-family homes that are affordable to working families earning minimum wage. Inter-Mac is Read more…

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Inc. magazine highlights entrepreneurial opportunities in frontier markets

Countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Haiti “have a long way to go before earning the optimistic label ‘emerging markets,’” note the authors of a recent Inc. magazine series, Entrepreneurship on the Frontier. Nonetheless, they say that these countries have become entrepreneurial hubs. The series, which explores entrepreneurial activity in some of these highly challenging and highly promising markets, Read more…

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Mobile healthcare for rural Ghana

Sherry Ayittey, Ghana’s Minister of Health, seated, tours one of eight new mobile medical clinics that were introduced this month as part of the National Medical Equipment Modernization Project. OPIC is supporting the project by providing political risk insurance to  Belstar Development, LLC, the lead investor in the project. These mobile clinics will travel to currently underserved areas of the Read more…

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OPIC celebrates innovation in 2012 annual report

OPIC’s newly-released 2012 annual report showcases several key projects and agency priorities of the past year and highlights the role of innovation in our work. Innovation has long been a guiding principal at OPIC, which has built creative deal structures and partnerships to address the challenges of investing in the developing world and worked with several innovative businesses that found Read more…

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