The OPIC Blog

Partner spotlight: How MicroVest combines a commercial and social approach to microfinance investing

Earlier this week OPIC announced that it has surpassed $1 billion in financing to support microfinance investing around the world. Here, we look at one of our microfinance partners, Bethesda, Maryland-based MicroVest, which invests in microfinance institutions in over 30 developing countries. Here, MicroVest explains its approach to successful microfinance investing and the ways OPIC has supported it.  MicroVest has an Read more…

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Advancing development by investing in microfinance: OPIC’s Richard Greenberg explains

OPIC, which has actively supported microfinance investment for more than a decade, recently announced that it has surpassed the $1 billion mark in financing to support microfinance projects around the world. Here, Richard Greenberg, OPIC Managing Director, OPIC Micro and SME Finance, discusses the important role microfinance places in OPIC’s development mission, and why OPIC financing plays an important role Read more…

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Elizabeth Littlefield meets to discuss the future of investment in Ukraine

Last week OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield met with Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly to discuss private sector investment in Ukraine. Together, Ms. Littlefield and Ambassador Chaly reviewed OPIC’s current project portfolio in Ukraine of $174 million and explored ways to attract new investments to further boost the country’s economic growth. Since the 1990’s, OPIC has Read more…

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Desalination, irrigation, sanitation and more: How OPIC supports access to clean water in the developing world

Clean water is essential to life and also to addressing many of the world’s biggest development challenges from poverty to malnutrition. World leaders formally recognized the importance of water to development last year when they included access to water and sanitation for all as one of 17 goals that comprised the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. OPIC has long supported Read more…

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Supporting emerging markets with innovative fund structures: OPIC’s Brooks Preston in PEHub

Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, writes about OPIC’s Innovative Financial Intermediary Program (IFIP) in this piece in PEHub, explaining how innovative fund structures can support development. “In recent years, we started noticing a pattern,” Preston writes. “When we issued calls for proposals, some of the applying funds that showed strong promise for having a positive social impact Read more…

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Featured photo: Recognizing the women of OPIC’s senior leadership

As we celebrate National Women’s History Month, we would like to recognize the remarkable female leaders here at OPIC. This year’s theme is Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. From left: Margaret Kuhlow, Vice President, Office of Investment Policy; Kimberly Heimert, Vice President and General Counsel; Tracey Webb, Vice President, Structured Finance and Read more…

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OPIC’s Dia Martin speaks at conference for African entrepreneurs

Dia Martin, Director of OPIC Social Enterprise Finance, spoke at a panel, Building the Glocal Ecosystem: Bridging the Divide, at the Sankalp Africa Summit February 26th in Nairobi. Sankalp is a gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, donors and investors, and Martin spoke at the event about OPIC’s commitment to impact investing in Africa, and the Portfolio for Impact program focused on Read more…

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Electricity supply unreliable even for many grid-connected Africans

A new survey of electricity access across Africa shows the regions where energy poverty is most severe and also highlights the fact that many households that are grid-connected still lack consistent access to power. The survey from the African research group AfroBarometer says that in Africa, grid access is lowest in Burundi, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, but that even Read more…

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Featured Photo: Empowering female farmers

A worker in Ghana prepares shea nuts for sale at a farm supported by OPIC partner Root Capital. Root is a Cambridge, Mass. nonprofit social investment fund that provides loans to rural farms in Latin America and Africa who cannot access traditional bank loans, and also provides additional education and training to help these farmers improve productivity and bring their Read more…

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OPIC’s Pryor on DipNote blog: Investing in women benefits everyone

“I am heartened to see that world leaders are increasingly united in working to empower women,” OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor wrote on the State Department’s DipNote blog on International Women’s Day March 8. Pryor noted that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year called out the need for gender equality in a list of persistent development challenges including Read more…

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