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New video illustrates how OPIC supports development

May 20, 2015

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
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What is the Role of Investment in Development?

May 04, 2015

This entry originally ran on DipNote, the U.S. Department of State’s Official Blog. When you hear the phrase “development finance,” what do you think of? For many people, the first thing that comes to mind might be foreign aid — also known as official development assistance (ODA). To be sure, ODA plays an important role, particularly in the least developed
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The story behind acai: How one small business helped make the rainforest “too valuable to cut down.”

February 12, 2015

Fourteen years ago, a business idea was hatched during a surfing vacation to Brazil when a group of friends from southern California discovered the tasty and nutrient-rich acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry. They started Sambazon (short for “sustainable management of the Brazilian Amazon”) to process the berries for sale in juices. But as a small startup, Sambazon faced difficulty obtaining credit. In
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Big visions, greater rewards – a look at the OPIC Impact Awards

March 14, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation It’s hard to believe that the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards ceremony, which was held Tuesday, March 11, has already come and gone. I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase all that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation embodies than by honoring the outstanding work of several
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OPIC’s Impact Awards: A recap in photos

March 12, 2014

OPIC’s March 11 inaugural Impact Awards ceremony was a big success and helped us highlight the ways our clients are making a difference around the world. In this post we showcase the winners. Global Partnerships: Access to Finance Award OPIC loan recipient Global Partnerships, one of the three clients awarded the Access to Finance award, facilitates small microfinance loans in
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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the access to finance category

March 03, 2014

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards are just over a week away and we’re on the third post in the series to introduce the six categories represented at the event:  Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. Today’s spotlight is on Access to Finance, a category so rich in candidates that we will
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OPIC recognizes International Youth Day 2013

August 12, 2013

Today is International Youth Day, a day created by the United Nations in 1999 to mark the important contribution youth make to the world. This year, International Youth Day focuses on youth migration and the rewards and risks associated with it. According to a 2012 report by the UN Capital Development Fund, 85 percent of youth currently live in developing
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Featured photo: Bringing modern, affordable healthcare to Pakistan

August 02, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield (far left) tours the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College in Karachi during her July visit to Pakistan. An OPIC loan is supporting the renovation and expansion of the facility that will include the introduction of advanced equipment, a center for medical innovation and a program to subsidize healthcare for poorer patients throughout Pakistan.
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Featured photo: Local retailer supports jobs and sustainable development in Guatemala

July 12, 2013

The Guatemala City flagship store of Cemaco, a family-owned business that operates 20 retail stores throughout Guatemala selling hardware, home goods ,toys and baby gear. OPIC, through a loan guaranty to World Business Capital, supported a $9,750,000 loan to help the business expand. The Cemaco retail chain currently has about 1,500 local employees and is committed to sustainable business practices
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Tailoring finance tools for impact investors

July 09, 2013

This is the second blog post in an occasional series By Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor, Socially Responsible Finance In my earlier blog post I explored OPIC’s contributions to the evolving impact investing sector, mostly by providing financing and insurance products to help American companies working in emerging markets. In addition to these core products, OPIC continues to innovate and
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