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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.

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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New video illustrates how OPIC supports development

Developing countries are at the forefront of possibility in today’s world, but they also face significant challenges that are too great to be addressed by aid or the public sector alone. This new video illustrates how OPIC works with the private sector to address many of these challenges and make a positive difference in some of the poorest and most Read more…

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How OPIC supports American small businesses and American jobs

National Small Business Week recognizes the important contributions of America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. At OPIC, it’s an occasion to remind small businesses that they can benefit from engaging in the global economy. OPIC recognizes that small businesses have a lot to gain from expanding into developing markets and they are often the ones most in need of financing or Read more…

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

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 Read more…

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