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Featured Photo: Expanding access to healthcare in Nigeria

Doctors at a Cedarcrest Orthopedic Clinic in Abuja show some of the advanced equipment at the facility, which has been expanded with the support of OPIC financing. At a time when limited healthcare has led many Nigerians to seek medical care in the U.S. or Europe, Cedarcrest is providing modern facilities in Abuja and Lagos that offer advanced surgical procedures. Read more…

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OPIC partners pay back: American International School of Abuja

(Part 4 in an ongoing series) In 2006, OPIC committed a $3,250,000 loan to support the construction of a new campus for the American International School of Abuja (AISA), a day school educating Nigerian and international students from preschool to grade 12 in Nigeria’s capital. Last year, AISA joined a long list of OPIC partners to repay their loans in Read more…

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OPIC’s Webb describes investment successes in vulnerable countries

Tracey Webb, OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance and Solutions, spoke on a panel on Energy Development May 19 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she said many of OPIC’s most successful projects have been in the world’s most vulnerable countries. “Over our history, the power projects that have performed the best have actually been in the more Read more…

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Survey shows measured optimism for investing in emerging market private equity

More than two-thirds of global limited partners plan to maintain or increase their commitments to emerging market private equity funds, with Southeast Asia, India and Sub-Saharan Africa generating the most interest, a new survey shows. The Global Limited Partners Survey from the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) showed that investors who planned to increase investments were motivated not only Read more…

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Why emerging markets need more private equity

This week, the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) is gathering in Washington for its annual meeting, generating considerable discussion about the state of the industry and the merits of investing in some of the world’s poorest places. In this piece on Medium, Brooks Preston, OPIC’s Vice President of Investment Funds, highlights some of the ways private equity can support Read more…

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Growing Partnerships and Opportunities: Investing in the Asia-Pacific Region

Workers package raw cocoa powder at the Big Tree Farms facility in Bali, Indonesia. OPIC committed a $3.7 million loan to the company, based in Oregon, that works with cocoa and coconut farmers in to produce a variety of products like sweetener that generate higher profit margins and help farmers earn more income.   By Geoffrey Tan OPIC Managing Director, Read more…

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Earth Day slideshow: How OPIC invests in our planet

Each year, Earth Day presents an opportunity to highlight both the challenges the earth is facing and some of the progress made in addressing these challenges. As a development finance institution that supports development in more than 100 countries around the world, OPIC understands many of the challenges from global population growth to resource depletion, food insecurity and energy poverty Read more…

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How to make every day Earth Day

While investment in renewable energy in developing countries continues to set records, “OPIC is cognizant of how much remains to be done,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield writes in a piece in The Huffington Post ahead of Earth Day. Littlefield looks at the challenges and lessons learned from investing in renewable resources in emerging markets. “We are learning Read more…

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Supporting emerging markets with innovative fund structures: OPIC’s Brooks Preston in PEHub

Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, writes about OPIC’s Innovative Financial Intermediary Program (IFIP) in this piece in PEHub, explaining how innovative fund structures can support development. “In recent years, we started noticing a pattern,” Preston writes. “When we issued calls for proposals, some of the applying funds that showed strong promise for having a positive social impact Read more…

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OPIC’s Dia Martin speaks at conference for African entrepreneurs

Dia Martin, Director of OPIC Social Enterprise Finance, spoke at a panel, Building the Glocal Ecosystem: Bridging the Divide, at the Sankalp Africa Summit February 26th in Nairobi. Sankalp is a gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, donors and investors, and Martin spoke at the event about OPIC’s commitment to impact investing in Africa, and the Portfolio for Impact program focused on Read more…

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