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Measuring and monitoring impact: OPIC’s Office of Investment Policy (Part Two in a series)

September 12, 2013

Earlier this year, The OPIC Blog featured Margaret Kuhlow, Vice President, Office of Investment Policy, which works to ensure that OPIC-supported projects deliver real and measurable benefits in their host countries. This post, the second in a series that looks at the Office of Investment Policy, offers an overview of the department’s work in supporting OPIC’s development mission. OPIC’s core
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Collaboration among development institutions can catalyze more green investments in the developing world

September 10, 2013

By Brian O’Hanlon, Director of Business Development, Political and Sovereign Risk Last week, I joined OPIC President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield and OPIC Chief of Staff John Morton for an unprecedented event in the world of development finance. CEOs and representatives from 15 development finance institutions (DFIs) met in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss how to scale up climate finance in
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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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OPIC’s Office of Accountability invites public comments on how it provides services

August 21, 2013

OPIC established its Office of Accountability (OA) in 2005 to provide an independent mechanism to address complaints or concerns that can arise around the environmental or social dimensions of OPIC-supported projects.  The office helps ensure that project workers and local communities have a voice in the projects that OPIC supports. To that end, it provides two primary services upon request:
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World Humanitarian Day: The world needs more impact investing

August 19, 2013

In 2003, the United Nations created World Humanitarian Day to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year, the United Nations has created a new campaign called “The World Needs More” to literally turn words into aid. By sharing words like #development, #aid and #education on Twitter, users can join in providing much needed
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Featured photo: Bringing modern, affordable healthcare to Pakistan

August 02, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield (far left) tours the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College in Karachi during her July visit to Pakistan. An OPIC loan is supporting the renovation and expansion of the facility that will include the introduction of advanced equipment, a center for medical innovation and a program to subsidize healthcare for poorer patients throughout Pakistan.
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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

July 29, 2013

What do the world’s poor people need? Money is one simple answer, but money alone is often not enough to support long-term solutions to put individuals and communities on the path to prosperity. Seattle-based Global Partnerships is one OPIC client that has successfully combined microfinance lending with additional non-financial services such as education, training and healthcare to poor communities in Latin
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Powering Africa: A massive challenge and a major investment opportunity

July 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant economic progress in recent years with growth rates in many countries that are among the highest in the world, and large numbers of once poor people joining the middle class. But this recent progress sits against a backdrop of major ongoing developmental challenges, many of them related to access to electricity. Because it is essential
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Paper features OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield on the role of the private sector in Pakistan’s development

July 16, 2013

This week, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield is visiting Pakistan to discuss investment opportunities with the business community. The visit was highlighted in local media on Monday with an op-ed published by President Littlefield on the important role of the private sector in development. “Today, American and Pakistani businesses are increasingly linking up and succeeding together, and those
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Featured photo: Local retailer supports jobs and sustainable development in Guatemala

July 12, 2013

The Guatemala City flagship store of Cemaco, a family-owned business that operates 20 retail stores throughout Guatemala selling hardware, home goods ,toys and baby gear. OPIC, through a loan guaranty to World Business Capital, supported a $9,750,000 loan to help the business expand. The Cemaco retail chain currently has about 1,500 local employees and is committed to sustainable business practices
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