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OPIC to honor clients whose work is having a positive impact in the developing world

  OPIC is proud to recognize some of our outstanding partners with our 2015 OPIC Impact Awards for excellence in development. The awards, which will be presented on May 19, will highlight the important work OPIC clients are doing in emerging economies around the world. OPIC-supported projects in health, education, agriculture, renewable energy, small and medium enterprise financing and other sectors are helping create Read more…

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Video: Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact

Eight OPIC projects that are making a difference around the world.

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Featured photo: Global Partnerships, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance

A farmer in Nicaragua tends to young coffee plants, which will replace and build on his aging crop. This agricultural expansion was made possible through credit offered by a subsidiary lender of Global Partnerships, an impact investor that was able to expand its lending in Latin America thanks to OPIC support. Global Partnerships’ Social Investment Fund 5.0 was a recipient Read more…

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Featured photo: Medical Credit Fund, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance

A healthcare professional weighs a newborn at the Mission Mbagala clinic on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The clinic was the recipient of an affordable loan from Medical Credit Fund, an OPIC-supported project and the recipient of the 2014 OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance. Medical Credit Fund is the first lending institution of its kind in Read more…

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Featured photo: International Rescue Committee, winner of OPIC’s Impact Award for Development Impact

In Cote d’Ivoire, women draw water from a well built by International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit that works to respond to humanitarian crises around the world with a broad spectrum of services related to healthcare, improved living conditions and social services. OPIC provides political risk insurance for IRC’s operations in more than 20 countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, and earlier this Read more…

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Featured photo: Helios Investment Partners, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Private Equity

Nicholas Aoama Oyiek, who owns a garage employing 20 people in Nairobi, is just one of the small business owners who have benefited from the support of Helios Investment Partners LLC, a private equity firm that is managed by Africans and invests exclusively in businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. His success also helps illustrate the impact of OPIC’s support for emerging Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Global Partnerships

In the efforts to support the poor in ways that will have a sustained and meaningful difference in their lives, access to finance is a common theme. Millions of people in the developing world have no formal bank account and no way to access a bank loan to start a small business or purchase a home. OPIC has partnered with Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Medical Credit Fund

In Africa, many of the same health care clinics that serve large numbers of low and middle-income people struggle to borrow money to pay for new equipment or even basic maintenance. This limited access to finance directly impacts the delivery of quality healthcare on a continent that carries a disproportionate share of a host of major diseases from AIDS to Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: ContourGlobal

Over the course of four decades addressing major world development challenges, OPIC has focused on different sectors, but infrastructure has been a constant. Power plants, airports and clean water facilities literally lay the foundation for future improved living standards, business activity, and overall economic growth and stability. At its March 11 Impact Awards, OPIC awarded the Critical Infrastructure Award to Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Inter-Mac International

  When OPIC leadership set out to identify outstanding clients for its inaugural Impact Awards held earlier this month, one award category, Access to Finance, generated a three way tie. This abundance of excellent work underscores how access to finance is a critical part of sustainable development, as well as how great the need is. Millions of people in the Read more…

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