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Business as a force for good: OPIC celebrates another banner year

December 19, 2014

  Simpa Networks, a new OPIC client is working to provide solar power to tens of thousands of rural Indians. OPIC this week announced fiscal year financial results showing another strong year in 2014, including $3 billion in financing and insurance commitments in emerging markets, which mobilized an additional $3.2 billion in private-sector investment. OPIC also extended its longstanding track
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Impact Investing: More than a buzzword

September 04, 2014

This interview with OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield was featured on the Inter-American Development Bank’s Partnerships for Development blog. With all the buzz surrounding impact investing, perhaps it is best to go back to the basics and define what can be a powerful mechanism for sustainable development. What is the definition of impact investing?  And how can we further
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Global Partnerships features OPIC’s perspective on impact investing

August 21, 2014

“Investing with impact was a core mission of OPIC long before the term impact investing was in vogue,” OPIC Managing Director Loren Rodwin wrote in this recent post for Global Partnerships series, Perspectives on Impact Investing. Rodwin outlines four key themes that have informed OPIC’s approach to impact investing and highlights the importance of forming partnerships to ensure that investment
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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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