The OPIC Blog

Archive for the emerging markets Tag

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…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

PODCAST: Elizabeth Littlefield remarks on meeting with Senegal Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne

Last week, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield traveled to West Africa with a group of investors to discuss opportunities for the region and announce a new regional OPIC office located in Abidjan. While visiting Senegal, Ms. Littlefield met with the Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne to discuss the business climate and the diversity of projects that can provide sustainable high-quality Read more…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

Featured Photo: Peruvian artisan turns craft into a successful business

Peruvian artisan, Inés Callanaupa, received financing through OPIC-partner Global Partnerships to grow her business and is an example of how OPIC reached a milestone of $1 billion in microfinance loans. Callanaupa has used the financing to turn her craft of textile weaving into a successful business that enables her to support her family and employ 45 other women. Many entrepreneurial Read more…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

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…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

Infographic: Highlights from 2015

OPIC committed $4.4 billion in development in emerging markets in 2015, and the Agency’s portfolio of active projects now totals almost $20 billion. This infographic shows some of the highlights from the year, including our investments to support development in low-income countries, our support for critical infrastructure and energy projects, and our work with small and medium U.S. businesses.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

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…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

Why institutional investors are growing more comfortable with emerging markets

“As of this year, the 10-year average emerging market private equity returns are roughly comparable with developed market PE returns,” Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, wrote in this recent piece in Financier Worldwide. One of the key ways OPIC supports development in emerging markets is through its support for emerging market private equity funds, and Preston takes Read more…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

Focus on OPIC’s diaspora partners: American Wool and Cashmere CEO Nesar Nusraty

(First in a series of posts looking at OPIC’s work with diaspora communities) In its work supporting development in emerging markets around the world, OPIC frequently partners with diaspora investors and businesses that are based in the U.S. but have strong ties to their home countries. Along with having a deep understanding of a particular country, these diaspora investors typically Read more…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

Small loans, big impact: A look at OPIC’s PI program

To address big development challenges such as world hunger, you sometimes have to start small. In Sub-Saharan Africa, food insecurity affects millions, but the solution rests largely with the individual smallholder farmers who often can’t afford to pay for basic farming equipment. Small amounts of financing offer the potential to deliver significant benefits to them and the communities they serve. In Read more…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email

Focus on Impact Award Winners: CSI Latina Financial Inc.

OPIC is committed to helping American small businesses expand into fast-growing emerging markets. Over the past five years, small and medium enterprises have accounted for almost 75% of the projects that have received OPIC support. Last month, OPIC awarded one of its small business clients, CSI Latina Financial Inc., an OPIC Impact Award in the American Small Business category. CSI Read more…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • RSS
  • Email