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Featured photo: Modern machinery for smallholder farmers in Senegal

December 05, 2014

Smallholder farmers harvest grain more efficiently with modern equipment provided by Aventura Investment Partners, an OPIC client that provides both equipment and training on best practices to help these farmers significantly improve yields. While much of Africa’s food is grown by small-scale farmers with plots of less than four acres, these farmers often lack basic equipment, like tractors, which significantly
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Impressive solar energy focus helps OPIC bolster U.S.-Chile relations

July 02, 2014

When Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet met with President Obama at the White House June 30, one of the topics the two leaders discussed was energy cooperation between the United States and Chile. “We’re both very interested in energy, and how we can transition to a clean-energy economy,” said President Obama. “We’ll be announcing some collaborations including the facilitation of construction
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The little document that makes a big difference in project finance: Why a Bankable PPA helps private investment in African power

June 13, 2014

One of the ways OPIC supports President Obama’s Power Africa initiative – in addition to providing loans and insurance to help build new power plants – is by sharing its extensive experience doing business in emerging markets. The Agency has supported multiple large-scale power projects in Africa and understands the hurdles to successful development. One document OPIC helped develop to
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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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