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Water for agriculture: How one innovative project is helping African farmers grow more food

March 20, 2015

March 22 is World Water Day, an occasion to remember how water is fundamental to life and fundamental to global development. In many parts of Africa, poor farmers operate with little equipment and can only water their crops when it rains. Being so dependent on the weather for their livelihood is not only inconvenient, it’s also costly. Even a lengthy
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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending to women in Africa

March 13, 2015

A BRAC microfinance recipient who has used loan money to support her restaurant business is joined by other women during a solidarity group meeting in Tanzania. OPIC financing has supported microfinance lending in East Africa through BRAC, a Bangladesh development organization. BRAC-Tanzania has opened more than 100 new microfinance branches serving an estimated 109,000 borrowers in Africa, 98 percent of
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Reaching the neediest: One OPIC client explains its strategy for investing in the world’s poorest and most remote communities

February 05, 2015

As a leader in Impact Investing, OPIC helps channel capital to address some of the world’s major social and environmental challenges such as access to education, healthcare and financial services. But to get that capital to the people who need it most, OPIC works with partners like Global Partnerships, a Seattle nonprofit and a major microfinance lender to poor communities
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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending in sub-Saharan Africa

September 26, 2014

The credit portfolio manager of WAGES, a microfinance institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, speaks to a group of farmers in Togo who have used micro-loans to install micro-irrigation systems to improve crop productivity. OPIC, along with the Calvert Foundation, is providing financing for the launch of a new fund for microfinance institutions that are members of the Participatory Microfinance Group for
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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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OPIC and Deutsche Bank announce fund supporting microfinance and Smart Campaign principles

January 07, 2014

OPIC, along with Deutsche Bank,  announced its commitment to the $100 million Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II (“Consortium II”), a fund supporting the growth of microfinance institutions that pursue a high level of client care, transparency of operations and pricing as well as product innovation. The fund is a partnership with investors, including OPIC, who share a focus on responsible
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OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partner for event on microfinance

November 26, 2013

OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partnered together for a public outreach event this week highlighting challenges and opportunities in development related to Habitat for Humanity’s annual Shelter Report. The report, Step by Step: Supporting Incremental Building Through Housing Microfinance, focuses on microfinance in the developing world. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou and Habitat for Humanity Executive Vice President Mike
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OPIC recognizes International Youth Day 2013

August 12, 2013

Today is International Youth Day, a day created by the United Nations in 1999 to mark the important contribution youth make to the world. This year, International Youth Day focuses on youth migration and the rewards and risks associated with it. According to a 2012 report by the UN Capital Development Fund, 85 percent of youth currently live in developing
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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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Tailoring finance tools for impact investors

July 09, 2013

This is the second blog post in an occasional series By Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor, Socially Responsible Finance In my earlier blog post I explored OPIC’s contributions to the evolving impact investing sector, mostly by providing financing and insurance products to help American companies working in emerging markets. In addition to these core products, OPIC continues to innovate and
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