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The words say it all: OPIC’s team describes OPIC

Creative. Collaborative. Nimble. Efficient. Effective. Innovative. These are some of the words OPIC’s employees used most often to describe the Agency last year, a year in which we ranked one of the best places to work in the federal government. OPIC’s 2015 annual report features this word cloud that reveals a development agency with a clear and effective mission and Read more…

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A vision of growth in West Africa

ContourGlobal’s Cap des Biches power plant in Senegal. Credit: U.S. Embassy Dakar By: Subha Nagarajan, OPIC Managing Director of West and Central Africa Over the past two years, African countries have enacted many reforms to improve the business climate. And as the site of so many of the world’s low-income countries, Africa is a region with growing focus for the 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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Featured Photo: Helping low income families purchase homes

In Nicaragua, a boy steps out of his home that his family was able to purchase with a microfinance loan from OPIC-supported MicroBuild. Millions of people throughout the developing world lack access to formal financial services like bank mortgages, but the microfinance lending supported by Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity’s MicroBuild Fund has help support microfinance lending for housing to people Read more…

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How OPIC supports American small businesses from coast to coast

When OPIC kicks off its 2016 Expanding Horizons workshop series May 3 in Atlanta, it will mark the tenth anniversary of the program, which has traveled to New York, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and many more U.S. cities to educate American small businesses about the benefits of expanding into emerging markets. OPIC understands that small businesses can make important contributions 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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10 years of small business outreach: A conversation with Dr. Lawrence Spinelli

One of OPIC’s longest running programs is the Expanding Horizons Workshop series to educate American small businesses about the ways OPIC and other U.S. Government Agencies can help them invest in emerging markets. The majority of development projects that OPIC supports are with American small and medium enterprises and Expanding Horizons has been a critical outreach tool. Since 2006, Expanding Read more…

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OPIC’s Littlefield on Medium blog: Microfinance, charting new territory

OPIC, recently announced surpassing $1 billion in microfinance support, and has been taking a closer look at our microfinance portfolio. This week on Medium, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield discusses why OPIC’s microfinance investments have a strong, positive developmental impact in host countries, while also performing well in OPIC’s portfolio. OPIC’s highly diversified microfinance portfolio spans than 180 Read more…

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PODCAST: Elizabeth Littlefield remarks on meeting with Senegal Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne

Last week, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield traveled to West Africa with a group of investors to discuss opportunities for the region and announce a new regional OPIC office located in Abidjan. While visiting Senegal, Ms. Littlefield met with the Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne to discuss the business climate and the diversity of projects that can provide sustainable high-quality Read more…

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