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New video illustrates how OPIC supports development

May 20, 2015

Developing countries are at the forefront of possibility in today’s world, but they also face significant challenges that are too great to be addressed by aid or the public sector alone. This new video illustrates how OPIC works with the private sector to address many of these challenges and make a positive difference in some of the poorest and most
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Four data points showing five years of progress at OPIC

May 13, 2015

OPIC’s 2014 annual report … in addition to highlighting full year results … offers some data on the Agency’s progress over the past five years. These include: Steady growth in OPIC’s total portfolio:   A sharp increase in renewable energy commitments:   A strong focus on investing in Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounted for more than a quarter of new commitments
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Elizabeth Littlefield on Earth Day, past, present and future

April 27, 2015

“Over the past year we have witnessed an unprecedented flow of industry and think tank data and research showing the increasing feasibility and attractiveness of renewable energy in developing nations, where most of the world’s population lives,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote in this piece in Institutional Investor on Earth Day at 45. “Four and a half decades
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How OPIC supports the planet on Earth Day and year-round

April 21, 2015

OPIC has transformed its portfolio in recent years to support more sustainable development, from geothermal power in Kenya and solar power in Chile to wind power in Jamaica and new technologies to deliver off-grid power to rural populations in India. Here, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield explains how several global trends are converging to make sustainable development an imperative.
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How OPIC projects make a positive impact

April 14, 2015

OPIC seeks to support projects that will yield multiple, long-lasting benefits. The 2014 annual report takes a look at the many ways a single project to provide financing to a dairy producer in Georgia has had a far-reaching positive impact, including not only increased food production, but job creation, environmental benefits and knowledge transfer. Read more about OPIC’s development impact
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Snapshots in development: Annual report highlights OPIC’s far-reaching impact

April 06, 2015

From Vietnam to Afghanistan, Malawi and Brazil, OPIC supports projects that build power plants and water treatment facilities, increase access to food and healthcare, introduce cleaner sources of energy and help address poverty by building affordable housing and establishing loan facilities to support entrepreneurs and small businesses. OPIC’s 2014 annual report takes an in-depth look at the far-reaching impact of
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The challenge of building affordable housing in developing countries … and how DFIs can help

April 01, 2015

By Debra Erb Managing Director, OPIC Housing Programs (This blog is adapted from a speech Debra Erb delivered in November 2014 at the general meeting of the African Union for Housing Finance.) One of the fundamental steps to advancing development in emerging markets is giving low-income people a secure place to live. As a banker who has successfully assembled financing
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OPIC award-winning project highlights value of financial intermediaries in boosting small business lending

March 26, 2015

A milestone 2013 OPIC project to support lending to small businesses in Brazil was recognized earlier this month as Trade Finance Americas Deal of the Year by the international magazine, Trade Finance. OPIC committed a $400 million loan – alongside $80 million from Wells Fargo – in the project, which supports lending to underserved businesses, mostly in the lower-income parts of the country that
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In case you missed it: OPIC in Action – The story behind Sambazon

March 12, 2015

As one of the companies responsible for introducing the açaí berry – which is indigenous to Brazil – to the U.S. market, Sambazon sustainably processes and distributes açaí juice to the U.S. and beyond, providing income for 10,000 family farmers in Brazil. Development finance from OPIC was instrumental in the growth of the company, which has a crucial development impact
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A plan to empower more than 1 million women: OPIC featured in The Huffington Post

March 09, 2015

Many women in the developing world are sidelined from economic progress because of limited access to financial services like savings accounts, loans and insurance. The Huffington Post features a piece by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and Bob Annibale, Citi’s Global Director of Community Development and Microfinance, on an OPIC-Citi partnership that addresses this challenge. Through a joint program
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