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Measuring – and managing – impact investments

July 17, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield OPIC President and CEO A version of this blog appeared recently in Institutional Investor You can’t manage what you don’t measure. It’s such a fundamental rule of business that it hardly bears repeating in the day-to-day work of running a small firm, a major corporation or an investment fund. But there are times when a business moves
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Africa rising: Survey shows dramatic improvements for investors

June 25, 2014

Africa has risen to become the second most attractive investment destination in the world, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa attractiveness survey shows. This year’s survey, which measures foreign direct investment into the continent as well as investors’ perceptions and actual investment levels, showed that Africa and Asia are tied in second place, just behind North America as the world’s best
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Schwab Foundation names Bridge International Academies one of 2014’s top social entrepreneurs

May 08, 2014

  Bridge International Academies, a low-cost network of schools in Kenya that is expanding with the support of OPIC financing, has been named one of the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2014 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Bridge’s innovative model offers high-quality education for less than $6 per student, per month to thousands of children in hundreds
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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Global Partnerships

April 10, 2014

In the efforts to support the poor in ways that will have a sustained and meaningful difference in their lives, access to finance is a common theme. Millions of people in the developing world have no formal bank account and no way to access a bank loan to start a small business or purchase a home. OPIC has partnered with
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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Medical Credit Fund

April 07, 2014

In Africa, many of the same health care clinics that serve large numbers of low and middle-income people struggle to borrow money to pay for new equipment or even basic maintenance. This limited access to finance directly impacts the delivery of quality healthcare on a continent that carries a disproportionate share of a host of major diseases from AIDS to
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OPIC supported San Andres Solar Plant named Project Finance International’s Latin American Solar Deal of the Year

March 31, 2014

Last year, OPIC provided financing to SunEdison to construct one of the largest solar power facilities in the world, a photovoltaic plant in San Andres, Chile. As a mark of its innovation and scope, the project recently received an award from Project Finance International, which named SunEdison’s San Andres facility the Latin American Solar Deal of the Year for 2013.
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“My unique connection to Power Africa:” OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

March 27, 2014

In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative, designed to help African countries responsibly develop extensive energy resources with the aid of private sector investors. OPIC committed up to $1.5 billion in financing to support this endeavor, in keeping with the agency’s longstanding history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou,
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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Helios Investment Partners

March 26, 2014

In addition to the direct financing OPIC provides to many projects in emerging markets, the Agency also supports development by providing financing to privately-owned and managed equity funds investing in emerging markets. These funds serve multiple roles from providing capital to up-and-coming companies and guiding strategic decisions in rapidly changing markets to advising on best practices in management and information
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OPIC seeks to support American investors in Malawi

March 24, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation President Obama asked me a year ago to travel to Malawi to explore opportunities to support private sector investment in this country that is brimming with resources and promise but has not yet captured the level of investor interest that some neighboring countries … from Rwanda to Tanzania … are now enjoying. Having recently
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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Ellicott Dredges

March 20, 2014

Small businesses comprise the majority of all firms in the U.S. economy, and are powerful engines of job creation at home as well as drivers of development, innovative solutions, and economic efficiency in scores of developing nations. Small businesses can also face far tougher challengers than established multinationals when they do business abroad, so it is both fitting and instructive
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