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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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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: SunEdison

March 19, 2014

On a quiet plain in the rural center of South Africa sits a small town called Boshof. It’s far from the bustling cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and hundreds of miles from the dramatic, hilly coastline of the Cape of Good Hope. But Boshof, in the country’s underdeveloped Free State, is the site of a major project to generate
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OPIC’s Impact Awards: A recap in photos

March 12, 2014

OPIC’s March 11 inaugural Impact Awards ceremony was a big success and helped us highlight the ways our clients are making a difference around the world. In this post we showcase the winners. Global Partnerships: Access to Finance Award OPIC loan recipient Global Partnerships, one of the three clients awarded the Access to Finance award, facilitates small microfinance loans in
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Announcing the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards

February 19, 2014

OPIC is proud to recognize some of our outstanding partners with our first ever OPIC Impact Awards for excellence in development finance.  The awards, which will be given out at a ceremony on March 11, will highlight the important work OPIC clients are doing in emerging economies around the world. OPIC-supported projects in clean energy, infrastructure, healthcare and other sectors
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Measuring and monitoring impact: How one OPIC-supported school in Ghana delivers extensive benefits to local students and the surrounding community (Part Four in a series)

February 03, 2014

In 2006, OPIC provided a $1.74 million loan to support expansion of the International Community School (ICS) in Kumasi, Ghana, allowing the school  to double enrollment to more than 1,000 K-12 students. Unlike some other international schools in Ghana that serve a largely expatriate population, ICS focuses on educating Ghanaians to prepare them to be leaders in their own communities
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Creating an impact investing strategy: OPIC’s approach featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

January 24, 2014

In recent years OPIC has made it a priority to support impact investing and between 2008 and 2012 the Agency supported $2.4 billion in impact investments. Some of the challenges it has encountered in this relatively new investing sector are discussed in this blog post in the Stanford Social innovation Review, where OPIC outlines the process it adopted for identifying
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Getting to dawn in Sub-Saharan Africa: OPIC’s Whalen on the changing investment climate on the continent

January 22, 2014

OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance, Michael Whalen wrote about Africa’s energy deficit in Project Finance International’s 2014 Yearbook, where he said that an improving investment climate and the U.S. Power Africa initiative have created momentum for increased electrification “after years of missed opportunities.” “For a long time global appetite for project finance in Africa was strongly concentrated in natural resource
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Littlefield in AllAfrica: Africa can be transformed with public-private investment

December 03, 2013

How can Africa fully compete when countless factories and computers go dark during rolling blackouts? How can it compete in an era of non-stop, round-the-clock communication when millions go home to candles or lanterns? Although Africa has made great strides in industries like transportation, manufacturing and telecommunications, some 600 million Africans still lack access to basic electricity. In a guest
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Measuring and monitoring impact: Five ways development impacts lives (Part Three in a series)

November 06, 2013

This post is the third in a series on OPIC’s work measuring and monitoring the developmental impact of the projects it supports. To view the previous posts click here and here. Some benefits of an investment in a developing country are obvious. A new power plant, for example, provides a reliable source of electricity to people who may have been
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OPIC, other international finance institutions to work toward harmonizing the way they track development results

November 01, 2013

Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) such as OPIC strive to measure the local impact of their investments, but have different methods for doing so.  And, when they work jointly with the same clients, they sometimes request the same information in different ways, creating a reporting burden on clients. Last month, twenty-five DFIs including OPIC signed a memorandum in which they agreed
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