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OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partner for event on microfinance

November 26, 2013

OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partnered together for a public outreach event this week highlighting challenges and opportunities in development related to Habitat for Humanity’s annual Shelter Report. The report, Step by Step: Supporting Incremental Building Through Housing Microfinance, focuses on microfinance in the developing world. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou and Habitat for Humanity Executive Vice President Mike
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Featured photo: Solar power in Chile

November 22, 2013

A rendering of SunEdison Inc.’s planned 50.7 megawatt San Andres solar power plant in Chile. This week SunEdison, OPIC and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group closed a $100.4 million project financing arrangement for the plant, which will be located in the Atacama region of Chile. OPIC is providing $62.9 million of the financing. Read more.

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Seeing complex projects through to completion: A conversation with Ryan Bequai, Managing Director, OPIC Portfolio Monitoring Division

November 21, 2013

What happens when a project doesn’t progress according to its business plan? OPIC thoroughly vets projects and management teams before committing financing, but the challenges of doing business in the developing world can mean that unforeseen events arise. OPIC’s consistent ability to make a positive developmental impact and earn a net profit in spite of these challenges – read more
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OPIC’s impact in California: Jobs, exports and expanded opportunities for small businesses

November 19, 2013

Investing abroad pays dividends at home. On Wednesday November 13, OPIC hosted its latest Expanding Horizons workshop in San Jose, California, where more than 170 businesses heard about the finance and insurance tools that OPIC provides to support American companies seeking to expand their operations overseas. Because many of the world’s fastest-growing markets are in developing countries, expanding abroad can
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Featured Photo: OPIC financing supports major ethanol plant in Hungary

November 15, 2013

OPIC labor and human rights analyst Tara Guelig visits the Pannonia Ethanol Zrt. project in the rural town of Dunaföldvár, Hungary during a recent trip to monitor the project. OPIC in 2010 approved a $60 million loan to support construction of the plant, which has created 100 local jobs and introduced state-of-the-art ethanol production in Hungary, while doubling the country’s
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Featured photo: Using technology to improve farm yields

November 08, 2013

This photo, one of the winners of the recent Feed the Future photo contest, shows a farmer in northern Ghana who was able to improve yields by more than 65 percent by using a dibbler to more efficiently make holes in the ground during planting. OPIC supports Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and
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Measuring and monitoring impact: Five ways development impacts lives (Part Three in a series)

November 06, 2013

This post is the third in a series on OPIC’s work measuring and monitoring the developmental impact of the projects it supports. To view the previous posts click here and here. Some benefits of an investment in a developing country are obvious. A new power plant, for example, provides a reliable source of electricity to people who may have been
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OPIC, other international finance institutions to work toward harmonizing the way they track development results

November 01, 2013

Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) such as OPIC strive to measure the local impact of their investments, but have different methods for doing so.  And, when they work jointly with the same clients, they sometimes request the same information in different ways, creating a reporting burden on clients. Last month, twenty-five DFIs including OPIC signed a memorandum in which they agreed
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