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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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How to make every day Earth Day

While investment in renewable energy in developing countries continues to set records, “OPIC is cognizant of how much remains to be done,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield writes in a piece in The Huffington Post ahead of Earth Day. Littlefield looks at the challenges and lessons learned from investing in renewable resources in emerging markets. “We are learning Read more…

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Developing countries play a vital role in the health of the earth

Thirty-six years after the first Earth Day demonstrations, there is a growing understanding that as we work to build a healthier earth, we must consider the whole earth — from the major cities of our wealthy countries, to remote villages in the developing world, OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor writes on Medium. Today more than half the world’s annual investment Read more…

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