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Jobs, local procurement and support for local enterprises: How OPIC supports small businesses in Michigan

April 29, 2015

OPIC kicks off its 2015 Expanding Horizons workshop series next week with a May 7 workshop in Detroit, where small businesses can learn about some of the opportunities of expanding into emerging markets and the OPIC finance and political risk insurance tools that can help support them. Because many of the world’s fastest-growing markets are in developing countries, expanding abroad
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Focus on Caspian Impact Investments: One of OPIC’s 2014 impact investments

April 28, 2015

In its work to foster broad development impact and economic growth, OPIC seeks to support projects that deliver inclusive benefits such as basic financial services to populations that have traditionally been unable to obtain loans to save, buy a home or fund a business venture. Over the last two decades India has developed into one of the largest economies in
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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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Featured photo: Preventing malaria deaths

April 24, 2015

Malaria nets hang above the beds in this small health clinic, one of many in Sub-Saharan Africa that has been able to expand and purchase more equipment with the help of Medical Credit Fund (MCF). MCF provides financing to small health clinics in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya that are a crucial part of healthcare delivery, but often struggle to obtain
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Featured Photo: Investing in renewable energy sources in the Caribbean

April 22, 2015

In honor of Earth Day 2015, this week’s featured photo highlights wind turbines in the Dominican Republic. Built by the AIC Caribbean Fund, the turbines are providing significant clean energy resources throughout the country. In 2011, OPIC provided financing to the fund which financed the construction of the first wind turbine farm in the nation, a mid-scale, grid-connected facility capable
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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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OPIC to play key role in new Caribbean clean energy program

April 10, 2015

OPIC, which has helped support several early-stage clean energy projects in Africa through a partnership with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the U.S. Department of State, will play a key role in a similar U.S. program designed to encourage investment in clean energy in Central America and the Caribbean. The new Clean Energy Finance Facility for the
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Featured photo: Bringing clean energy to Rwanda

April 10, 2015

Rwandan workers inspect solar panels at Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 megawatt solar facility east of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, shortly before the solar field’s opening ceremony in February 2014. The clean power project is East Africa’s first grid-connected, utility-scale solar energy facility and represents a full 6% contribution to the entire country’s power generation capacity. OPIC supported the Gigawatt Global project in
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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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