The OPIC Blog

Featured photo: Sweet success in Uganda

In honor of World Food Day, we are highlighting agribusiness entrepreneurs such as Madina Namanda who owns and operates a successful wholesale, commercial pineapple plantation in Uganda and, in doing so, has been able to increase her income. With the help of OPIC, microfinance institution FINCA International has provided more than 1.5 million low-income people with the financing necessary to Read more…

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Strong turnout from diaspora investors at OPIC’s Expanding Horizons workshop in Boston

OPIC has long recognized diaspora investors as valuable partners in global development and the latest Expanding Horizons workshop in Boston on October 14 drew large numbers of diaspora business owners and entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC hosted the workshop in partnership with The Aspen Institute’s DIAspora Investment Alliance, which works to help channel investments from diaspora communities in the U.S. Read more…

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From introducing advanced technology to providing support for small farmers: How OPIC has helped some Massachusetts enterprises have a positive impact in the world

OPIC’s popular Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses travels later this month to Massachusetts, a state that has produced many strong OPIC supported projects that are having a positive impact in the developing world. Expanding Horizons is a nine-year-old OPIC workshop series that seeks to educate small businesses about the opportunities of expanding into developing markets and the way OPIC Read more…

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Featured photo: Supporting businesswomen in Costa Rica through microfinance

A local businesswoman in Costa Rica displays her merchandise at her tailoring business, which she was able to expand thanks to a loan from Coopenae. OPIC supported a Microfinance Growth Fund that provided Coopenae, the largest regulated financial cooperative in Costa Rica, with substantial micro and small business financing capabilities. As a result, small businesses have better access to finance Read more…

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Could your business benefit from political risk insurance? BusinessUSA features OPIC’s John Moran

  “OPIC political risk insurance is designed to help U.S. businesses pursue commercially attractive deals that have a strong development impact in emerging markets,” OPIC Vice President of Insurance, John Moran explains in this interview with BusinessUSA. Moran explains how political risk insurance can help mitigate the uncertainties of doing business in developing countries, and offers some examples of some Read more…

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How humanitarian and faith-based groups play a key role in development

Faith-based groups are in the spotlight this week as Pope Francis visits Washington to meet with political leaders and discuss some of the world’s major challenges from poverty to climate change. Rising above the complex politics of global religion, faith-based organizations with a focus on sustainable development have often been able to find common ground with more secular groups in Read more…

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Focus on OPIC’s diaspora partners: Belstar Capital’s Arthur Polk

Second in a series of posts looking at OPIC’s work with diaspora partners. See the first post here. In its work supporting global development around the world, OPIC recognizes members of diaspora communities as valuable partners who bring not only a strong understanding of a particular country or region but also a strong motivation to support economic growth in these Read more…

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How U.S. foreign direct investment brings benefits besides money to the developing world

“U.S. companies and development finance institutions such as OPIC are playing an invaluable role in setting and promoting higher aims for social and environmental performance throughout the developing world,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield recently wrote in PE HUB. 2014 was a record-breaking year for foreign direct investments (FDI), with $700 billion going into developing nations. In her piece, Read more…

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Littlefield on the keys to successful impact investing: Talent and hard work

Earlier this summer the Global Impact Investing Network together with Cambridge Associates launched Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark, billed as the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of impact investing funds. The 20-page report offers some in-depth analyses of fund performance by size, sector and region and reaches three key conclusions. Market returns are attainable for impact investing funds Read more…

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National Day of Service & Remembrance: September Eleventh’s enduring impact

The tradition of volunteering on September 11 was established by the 9/11 nonprofit, MyGoodDeed, with the support of the 9/11 community, which sought to make the day a symbol of the audacious spirit and the great generosity of the American people. In 2009, Congress enshrined this movement by designating September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance that honors Read more…

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