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Africa rising: Survey shows dramatic improvements for investors

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 Read more…

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OPIC and Deutsche Bank announce fund supporting microfinance and Smart Campaign principles

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 Read more…

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OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partner for event on microfinance

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 Read more…

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OPIC recognizes International Youth Day 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 Read more…

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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

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 Read more…

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Tailoring finance tools for impact investors

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 Read more…

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Sailing the Seven “Cs:” Unlocking bank financing for SMEs in the Middle East

By Arun Hsu, Chief of Party, Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility In this guest post, an OPIC partner outlines a system for determining creditworthiness of potential borrowers that lack collateral and a track record of working with banks. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the key to innovation and an engine of economic growth and job creation in the Middle East Read more…

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Featured photo: Finca International supports women entrepreneurs in Mexico with microfinance loans

Microfinance group members in Tlayacapan, Mexico meet to collect installments on a loan from Finca International, a U.S. microfinance institution with a global footprint in 21 countries.  This all-women group of entrepreneurs who sell food, clothing and crafts in local markets has been a client of Finca Mexico for 10 years.

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Why the world’s poor are a good credit risk

By John Aldonas Deputy Vice President, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Does it make business sense to invest in the world’s poorest people? Earlier this month, I joined some OPIC clients on a panel at the Society for International Development, where we discussed why private sector investments in some of the poorest and least developed parts of the world Read more…

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OPIC celebrates innovation in 2012 annual report

OPIC’s newly-released 2012 annual report showcases several key projects and agency priorities of the past year and highlights the role of innovation in our work. Innovation has long been a guiding principal at OPIC, which has built creative deal structures and partnerships to address the challenges of investing in the developing world and worked with several innovative businesses that found Read more…

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