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The Liberian Observer Features Elizabeth L. Littlefield on Liberia’s Investment Opportunity

“We are here to offer Liberian companies face-to-face access to investors and to provide information about the resources that OPIC and interested investors may be able to share. Perhaps most important, we are here to help send a message to other investors around the world: Liberia is open for business,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield writes in the Read more…

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Advancing global development through impact investing: OPIC featured in OnFrontiers

What constitutes an impact investment? OPIC’s Dia Martin offers a simple explanation. It covers, she says, the things “you need to live” including agriculture, education, access to finance, healthcare, renewable energy, water and sanitation. Martin, Director of Social Enterprise Finance at OPIC, was featured discussing OPIC’s Impact Investing strategy in OnFrontiers, Martin explains how impact investing can advance global development Read more…

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How OPIC is helping advance financial inclusion in India

By Iftin Fatah, OPIC Portfolio Monitoring Specialist – Development Partnership Framework Division    Financial inclusion has come a long way in India, but it still has a long way to go. Five years ago, only about one-third of India’s adult population had an account at a traditional banking institution, according to World Bank data.  Over the last few years, the Read more…

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Featured Photo: Supporting producers of bird’s eye chili peppers

In Eastern Uganda, bird’s eye chili pepper farmers are producing more chili peppers and connecting to larger markets. OPIC partner and 2015 OPIC Impact Award winner Root Capital, not only provides small loans when commercial financing is not available, but provides training and support to help farmers produce more food and connect to larger markets. With Root’s support, many of Read more…

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Two OPIC partners to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

  The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit this week in Silicon Valley will feature two OPIC partners on a panel that highlights the ways the U.S. Government catalyzes investment in emerging markets to drive economic growth, scale development innovations and combat poverty. OPIC partner QuantumID, a small startup that developed a handheld, cloud-based cargo tracking technology that has helped make Read more…

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How OPIC helped one Houston nonprofit expand access to clean water in Africa

OPIC travels to Houston this week, where it will host its latest Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses interested in expanding into developing countries. Houston is also the site of one of OPIC’s early impact investing projects, Living Water International, which used OPIC financing 15 years ago to help some remote communities in Ghana and Kenya drill wells to secure a Read more…

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Survey shows measured optimism for investing in emerging market private equity

More than two-thirds of global limited partners plan to maintain or increase their commitments to emerging market private equity funds, with Southeast Asia, India and Sub-Saharan Africa generating the most interest, a new survey shows. The Global Limited Partners Survey from the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) showed that investors who planned to increase investments were motivated not only Read more…

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Featured photo: A mother prepares the family meal on a clean cookstove

This mother in Kumasi, Ghana handily operates a large cookstove made by Envirofit International, which is using OPIC financing to introduce cleaner cooking technology throughout the developing world. Indoor air pollution from unsafe cooking methods is a leading cause of indoor air pollution and a major health hazard in developing countries, and Envirofit of Fort Collins, Colorado has developed technologies Read more…

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Growing Partnerships and Opportunities: Investing in the Asia-Pacific Region

Workers package raw cocoa powder at the Big Tree Farms facility in Bali, Indonesia. OPIC committed a $3.7 million loan to the company, based in Oregon, that works with cocoa and coconut farmers in to produce a variety of products like sweetener that generate higher profit margins and help farmers earn more income.   By Geoffrey Tan OPIC Managing Director, Read more…

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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…

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