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Why emerging markets need more private equity

This week, the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) is gathering in Washington for its annual meeting, generating considerable discussion about the state of the industry and the merits of investing in some of the world’s poorest places. In this piece on Medium, Brooks Preston, OPIC’s Vice President of Investment Funds, highlights some of the ways private equity can support Read more…

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Featured photo: A mother prepares the family meal on a clean cookstove

This mother in Kumasi, Ghana handily operates a large cookstove made by Envirofit International, which is using OPIC financing to introduce cleaner cooking technology throughout the developing world. Indoor air pollution from unsafe cooking methods is a leading cause of indoor air pollution and a major health hazard in developing countries, and Envirofit of Fort Collins, Colorado has developed technologies Read more…

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Growing Partnerships and Opportunities: Investing in the Asia-Pacific Region

Workers package raw cocoa powder at the Big Tree Farms facility in Bali, Indonesia. OPIC committed a $3.7 million loan to the company, based in Oregon, that works with cocoa and coconut farmers in to produce a variety of products like sweetener that generate higher profit margins and help farmers earn more income.   By Geoffrey Tan OPIC Managing Director, Read more…

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Featured Photo: Helping low income families purchase homes

In Nicaragua, a boy steps out of his home that his family was able to purchase with a microfinance loan from OPIC-supported MicroBuild. Millions of people throughout the developing world lack access to formal financial services like bank mortgages, but the microfinance lending supported by Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity’s MicroBuild Fund has help support microfinance lending for housing to people Read more…

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How OPIC supports American small businesses from coast to coast

When OPIC kicks off its 2016 Expanding Horizons workshop series May 3 in Atlanta, it will mark the tenth anniversary of the program, which has traveled to New York, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and many more U.S. cities to educate American small businesses about the benefits of expanding into emerging markets. OPIC understands that small businesses can make important contributions Read more…

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Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Expanding Horizons

This year marks the tenth anniversary of OPIC’s working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at our Expanding Horizons workshops. Expanding Horizons gives these small businesses valuable information about the finance and insurance tools we offer to help them expand into emerging markets. By partnering with OPIC, SMEs are better prepared to make a difference in the global market through Read more…

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On Earth Day, some highlights of sustainable development around the world

This week, we’ve focused on the projects we are supporting to advance sustainable development around the world, and the progress that is being made in making the most of the world’s resources. Some highlights: OPIC supports sustainable development in projects from Brazil to Rwanda. This slideshow of some key OPIC projects shows how we have supported small farmers producing açaí Read more…

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Earth Day slideshow: How OPIC invests in our planet

Each year, Earth Day presents an opportunity to highlight both the challenges the earth is facing and some of the progress made in addressing these challenges. As a development finance institution that supports development in more than 100 countries around the world, OPIC understands many of the challenges from global population growth to resource depletion, food insecurity and energy poverty Read more…

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How to make every day Earth Day

While investment in renewable energy in developing countries continues to set records, “OPIC is cognizant of how much remains to be done,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield writes in a piece in The Huffington Post ahead of Earth Day. Littlefield looks at the challenges and lessons learned from investing in renewable resources in emerging markets. “We are learning Read more…

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Developing countries play a vital role in the health of the earth

Thirty-six years after the first Earth Day demonstrations, there is a growing understanding that as we work to build a healthier earth, we must consider the whole earth — from the major cities of our wealthy countries, to remote villages in the developing world, OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor writes on Medium. Today more than half the world’s annual investment Read more…

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