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Measuring and monitoring impact: A conversation with Margaret Kuhlow of OPIC’s Office of Investment Policy

Measuring and monitoring impact: A conversation with Margaret Kuhlow of OPIC’s Office of Investment Policy (Part one in a series) As the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, OPIC is focused on supporting projects that deliver real and measurable benefits in their host countries. The Agency is also mandated by Congress to hold all of its projects to high environmental, social, Read more…

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World Health Day highlights need for better health care in developing countries

April 7th is designated as World Health Day each year by the World Health Organization (WHO) to commemorate that agency’s founding. In conjunction with this, WHO annually highlights a theme that has a significant global health impact and often focuses on issues – such as access to clean water – that are particularly relevant to the developing world. This year, Read more…

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Featured photo: From Ohio to India

The 10 megawatt Bhandardara Power House hydro plant in India’s Maharashtra State, was rehabilitated and reopened in 2001 by DLZ Corp., of Columbus, Ohio with the support of a $5 million loan. The plant, which was originally built by the local Maharashtra government, had been rendered inoperative after a fire in 1996. DLZ, a civil engineering company, is one of Read more…

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PBS Newshour features OPIC client Husk Power

Rice is a staple of the diet in India but until recently the rice husks that were left behind in the milling process served no purpose – aside from generating a lot of waste.  OPIC’s $750,000 loan in 2009 to the startup Husk Power Systems Inc. helped that business introduce a technology that converted this biomass waste into electricity and Read more…

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Meeting the global unemployment challenge

A report earlier this month from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) offered some staggering measures of worldwide unemployment. IFC said there are currently 200 million people unemployed around the world – a number roughly equivalent to the population of Brazil — and that the developing world will need to create some 600 million new jobs by the year 2020, just Read more…

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Small loan, big impact

In 2012, OPIC committed a $3.5 million loan to Healthpoint Services Global India Ltd., an affiliate of the U.S. company Healthpoint Global Services Inc., to support the construction of small water treatment facilities to some 400 communities in India’s Punjab state that have limited access to safe drinking water. The project, which is expected to prevent waterborne diseases and other Read more…

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Featured photo: A modern oasis in India

A villager in a remote region of India picks up his daily supply of clean drinking water that has been purified by Healthpoint Services Global India Ltd. to prevent waterborne diseases. OPIC last year committed a $3.5 million loan to the company, which is an affiliate of the U.S.-based Healthpoint Global Services Inc., to support the construction of small water Read more…

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OPIC has another record-setting year for renewable resources

This week, OPIC announced that its commitments to renewable resources projects rose 41 percent in Fiscal Year 2012, which ended September 30, to set a new record of $1.55 billion. The news follows last year’s  record setting pace, and as the graphic shows, marks a sharp and steady increase in OPIC’s support for projects in clean energy and sustainable agriculture Read more…

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In India, living off the grid has its benefits

As large swaths of India were in the dark this week after a massive power outage hit half the population, some of the country’s more remote communities had light. Those communities, once restricted by their locations far from central electric utility grids, have in more recent years benefited from innovation that has enabled them to generate their own power. Shortly before this week’s devastating power outage, The Read more…

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Six questions about impact investing

By: Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor Socially Responsible Finance Investors are increasingly talking about “Impact Investing,” but the practice is not new to OPIC, which has a 40-year history of transforming private capital into solutions for common social and environmental challenges around the world. This Q&A explains the concept of Impact Investing, and why it offers the potential for such strong Read more…

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