The OPIC Blog

Featured Photo: Geothermal energy in Kenya

Hot steam is transmitted by pipeline at the Ormat geothermal plant in Kenya, a major source of renewable energy generation, which was recently expanded with the support of OPIC financing. In the foreground, plant managers meet with Hal Connolly... Read more...

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Project spotlight: Hamma desalination plant provides clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Algerian families

A decade ago, Algeria’s capital city of Algiers was suffering a severe shortage of clean drinking water, resulting in strict rationing, stockpiling, as well as the consumption of dirty water by households and farms. The solution, as with so... Read more...

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Creating an impact investing strategy: OPIC’s approach featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

In recent years OPIC has made it a priority to support impact investing and between 2008 and 2012 the Agency supported $2.4 billion in impact investments. Some of the challenges it has encountered in this relatively new investing sector are... Read more...

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Getting to dawn in Sub-Saharan Africa: OPIC’s Whalen on the changing investment climate on the continent

OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance, Michael Whalen wrote about Africa’s energy deficit in Project Finance International’s 2014 Yearbook, where he said that an improving investment climate and theU.S. Power Africa ... Read more...

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Featured photo: OPIC visit to Ghana

OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield holds a press conference in Accra, Ghana following a meeting with Ghana’s Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. Littlefield traveled last month with an OPIC delegation to Ghana, Senegal and Liberia, where she... Read more...

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Power Africa leadership convenes at Center for Global Development

OPIC’s Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou, second from right, speaks on a panel at the Center for Global Development Jan. 15. The talk brought together government leaders to discuss progress of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative... Read more...

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Beyond BRIC: The next economic giants

A branch of Garanti bank in Turkey, a bank that is using OPIC financing to increase lending to small businesses and female entrepreneurs.     It’s been 13 years since economist Jim O’Neill coined the term ... Read more...

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OPIC and Deutsche Bank announce fund supporting microfinance and Smart Campaign principles

OPIC, along with Deutsche Bank,  announced its commitment to the $100 million Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II (“Consortium II”), a fund supporting the growth of microfinance institutions that pursue a high level of client... Read more...

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Year in review: The top five OPIC blog posts of 2013

2013 was another banner year for OPIC, which made a record level of commitments in support of U.S. businesses investing in developing countries.  The OPIC blog highlighted many of our key projects and initiatives. Below are our five most... Read more...

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OPIC supported Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Plant named Project Finance International’s Latin America Power Deal of the Year

Alto Maipo SpA, which recently closed a $245 million loan from OPIC to construct a hydroelectric power plant in Chile, has been named Project Finance International’s Latin America Power Deal of the Year. The renewable electricity... Read more...

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