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September Board Meeting: Priorities renewed and newer

September 26, 2012

At its September meeting, OPIC’s Board of Directors kept the agency’s focus trained on priority sectors – renewable resources; food security and safe drinking water; and small and medium size businesses (SMEs) – and added another: the growing middle class in emerging markets, which stand to transform developing countries in the coming years. Be it Africa, where 100 million households
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Measuring developmental impact: A look at Broad Cove Ecohomes Liberia

August 20, 2012

In 2011, OPIC provided a $1.9 million loan to Broad Cove Ecohomes, Liberia, the U.S. developer of middle-income homes in Liberia, where years of civil war had resulted in a wave of migration to the capital city of Monrovia, and left a severe shortage of affordable housing. In addition to its plans to build 80 single-family homes and adjacent community
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In India, living off the grid has its benefits

August 02, 2012

As large swaths of India were in the dark this week after a massive power outage hit half the population, some of the country’s more remote communities had light. Those communities, once restricted by their locations far from central electric utility grids, have in more recent years benefited from innovation that has enabled them to generate their own power. Shortly before this week’s devastating power outage, The
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Sustainable Development with Accountability

June 28, 2012

By Dr. Keith Kozloff, Director, OPIC Office of Accountability One of the many ways the world has evolved since the first Rio Earth Summit 20 years ago is that local communities now have a stronger voice in the development being considered and occurring in their own backyards.  One of the principles to come out of the 1992 Earth Summit stated
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New partnership with Marriott will bring sustainable hotels to emerging markets

June 19, 2012

OPIC has a long-standing history of working in emerging markets, and more recently has become better known for our ability to increase investment in renewable resources. Last year alone, we committed $1.1 billion in financing to the sector. As the UN’s RIO+20 Conference gets underway today, we are excited to share the news about our latest partnership, one that will
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Six questions about impact investing

June 05, 2012

By: Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor Socially Responsible Finance Investors are increasingly talking about “Impact Investing,” but the practice is not new to OPIC, which has a 40-year history of transforming private capital into solutions for common social and environmental challenges around the world. This Q&A explains the concept of Impact Investing, and why it offers the potential for such strong
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OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou Discusses Extensive Growth Opportunities in Africa

May 21, 2012

In this Q&A video, OPIC Vice President Mimi Alemayehou discusses the extensive growth opportunities in Africa, including the demand for energy and power as the continent continues to develop.

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Addressing the lack of long-term lending for renewable energy

April 10, 2012

“Despite significant growth over the past few years, India’s renewable energy sector remains underserved, primarily due to the inability of financial institutions to offer long-term lending,” OPIC recently explained in a blog post for the U.S. Commerce Department. The post discusses OPIC’s recent approval of $250 million in financing to help India’s Infrastructure Development Finance Corp. (IDFC) expand lending for
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A new way to promote renewable energy

March 01, 2012

Leasing solar energy equipment is becoming increasingly popular in southern California, and a similar model could make sense in the developing world. In a recent  piece in Renewable Energy World, Lynn Tabernacki, Managing Director of OPIC’s Renewable and Clean Energy Programs, outlines how leased equipment could accelerate use of renewable energy technology in emerging markets and encurage economic growth. The full text
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“We must do both:” Littlefield says development must focus on people and the planet

December 12, 2011

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield spoke at the U.N. Climate Change Conference earlier this month, where  she addressed the particular challenges of promoting sustainability in the developing world. She stressed that expanded access to natural resources and more efficient use of those resources must be twin priorities. Littlefield’s comments challenged a common perception that rapid, so-called “dirty” development was
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