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Unlocking private climate investment: Two lessons from OPIC and Ex-Im Bank

April 07, 2014

By Giulia Christianson, Sustainable Finance, World Resources Institute Overcoming the climate change challenge won’t come cheap. A World Economic Forum report released last year, for example, estimates that the world will need to invest at least $5.7 trillion annually in green infrastructure by 2020 in order to limit the worst impacts of climate change. In addition to the significant amounts of finance
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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Inter-Mac International

April 01, 2014

  When OPIC leadership set out to identify outstanding clients for its inaugural Impact Awards held earlier this month, one award category, Access to Finance, generated a three way tie. This abundance of excellent work underscores how access to finance is a critical part of sustainable development, as well as how great the need is. Millions of people in the
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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the access to finance category

March 03, 2014

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards are just over a week away and we’re on the third post in the series to introduce the six categories represented at the event:  Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. Today’s spotlight is on Access to Finance, a category so rich in candidates that we will
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Project spotlight: Hamma desalination plant provides clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Algerian families

January 29, 2014

A decade ago, Algeria’s capital city of Algiers was suffering a severe shortage of clean drinking water, resulting in strict rationing, stockpiling, as well as the consumption of dirty water by households and farms. The solution, as with so many major development challenges requiring large investments in infrastructure, came in the form of a public-private partnership involving the Algerian government,
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OPIC and Amethis Finance support Africa’s priority sectors for economic growth

September 09, 2013

On September 5, in Paris, France, Overseas Private Investment Corporation President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield and Executive President and Co-Founder of Amethis Finance Luc Rigouzzo signed a $150 million credit line dedicated to investments in priority sectors that are critical to Africa’s economic growth. Littlefield indicated that all of these sectors, including agribusiness, infrastructure, energy and financial services, offer
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Featured photo: OPIC supports literacy in developing countries

September 06, 2013

In honor of International Literacy Day on September 8, this week we feature a photo of a student at the International Community School in Kumasi, Ghana. An OPIC loan has helped fund the expansion of this K-12 school, which offers a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for college and careers. Read more about this story.

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Alemayehou: Public private partnerships can transform Africa

August 23, 2013

As much of Africa enjoys a period of unprecedented economic growth, it also faces the challenge of how to sustain and extend this progress. In a recent piece for AllAfrica.com, OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou notes that augmenting and maintaining the infrastructure needed to support this growth will cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year for the foreseeable
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Featured photo: Bringing modern, affordable healthcare to Pakistan

August 02, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield (far left) tours the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College in Karachi during her July visit to Pakistan. An OPIC loan is supporting the renovation and expansion of the facility that will include the introduction of advanced equipment, a center for medical innovation and a program to subsidize healthcare for poorer patients throughout Pakistan.
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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

July 29, 2013

What do the world’s poor people need? Money is one simple answer, but money alone is often not enough to support long-term solutions to put individuals and communities on the path to prosperity. Seattle-based Global Partnerships is one OPIC client that has successfully combined microfinance lending with additional non-financial services such as education, training and healthcare to poor communities in Latin
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Featured photo: Local retailer supports jobs and sustainable development in Guatemala

July 12, 2013

The Guatemala City flagship store of Cemaco, a family-owned business that operates 20 retail stores throughout Guatemala selling hardware, home goods ,toys and baby gear. OPIC, through a loan guaranty to World Business Capital, supported a $9,750,000 loan to help the business expand. The Cemaco retail chain currently has about 1,500 local employees and is committed to sustainable business practices
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