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Desalination, irrigation, sanitation and more: How OPIC supports access to clean water in the developing world

Clean water is essential to life and also to addressing many of the world’s biggest development challenges from poverty to malnutrition. World leaders formally recognized the importance of water to development last year when they included access to water and sanitation for all as one of 17 goals that comprised the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. OPIC has long supported Read more…

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Supporting emerging markets with innovative fund structures: OPIC’s Brooks Preston in PEHub

Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, writes about OPIC’s Innovative Financial Intermediary Program (IFIP) in this piece in PEHub, explaining how innovative fund structures can support development. “In recent years, we started noticing a pattern,” Preston writes. “When we issued calls for proposals, some of the applying funds that showed strong promise for having a positive social impact Read more…

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New video illustrates how OPIC supports development

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 Read more…

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Featured photo: Medical Credit Fund, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance

A healthcare professional weighs a newborn at the Mission Mbagala clinic on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The clinic was the recipient of an affordable loan from Medical Credit Fund, an OPIC-supported project and the recipient of the 2014 OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance. Medical Credit Fund is the first lending institution of its kind in Read more…

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Featured photo: Helios Investment Partners, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Private Equity

Nicholas Aoama Oyiek, who owns a garage employing 20 people in Nairobi, is just one of the small business owners who have benefited from the support of Helios Investment Partners LLC, a private equity firm that is managed by Africans and invests exclusively in businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. His success also helps illustrate the impact of OPIC’s support for emerging Read more…

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Schwab Foundation names Bridge International Academies one of 2014’s top social entrepreneurs

  Bridge International Academies, a low-cost network of schools in Kenya that is expanding with the support of OPIC financing, has been named one of the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2014 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Bridge’s innovative model offers high-quality education for less than $6 per student, per month to thousands of children in hundreds Read more…

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Featured Photo: Inter-Mac International Inc., winner of OPIC’s Impact Award for Access to Finance

Some of the 5,000 residents of the Los Castanos de Choloma housing community in Honduras, which Inter-Mac International Inc. built with the support of OPIC financing. On March 11, OPIC awarded Inter-Mac an OPIC Impact award in the Access to Finance category for the project, which not only provides safe and affordable housing for a low-income population, but also offers Read more…

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OPIC supported San Andres Solar Plant named Project Finance International’s Latin American Solar Deal of the Year

Last year, OPIC provided financing to SunEdison to construct one of the largest solar power facilities in the world, a photovoltaic plant in San Andres, Chile. As a mark of its innovation and scope, the project recently received an award from Project Finance International, which named SunEdison’s San Andres facility the Latin American Solar Deal of the Year for 2013. Read more…

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“My unique connection to Power Africa:” OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative, designed to help African countries responsibly develop extensive energy resources with the aid of private sector investors. OPIC committed up to $1.5 billion in financing to support this endeavor, in keeping with the agency’s longstanding history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou, Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Ellicott Dredges

Small businesses comprise the majority of all firms in the U.S. economy, and are powerful engines of job creation at home as well as drivers of development, innovative solutions, and economic efficiency in scores of developing nations. Small businesses can also face far tougher challengers than established multinationals when they do business abroad, so it is both fitting and instructive Read more…

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