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OPIC partner profile: Emerging Capital Partners on tapping the African opportunity

One of the key ways OPIC invests in global development is through emerging market private equity funds, such as Washington, DC-based Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), which invests in businesses in Africa that show strong growth potential. ECP... Read more...

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How OPIC’s support is helping small businesses flourish in the most challenging places.

By Bethel Stevens Officer, Investment Funds   In 2010, OPIC approved a $30 million loan to Siraj Palestine Fund I managed by the Siraj Fund Management Company (SFMC), a first time fund manager investing exclusively in the West Bank. OPIC... Read more...

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OPIC featured in Private Equity International

OPIC’s Investment Funds Department supports private equity investments in a range of sectors and regions, including agriculture in Africa   ​​​​​​​Emerging markets will generate 60 percent of global gross domestic product by 2020,... Read more...

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OPIC-supported Gazelle Finance partners with Georgian Partnership Fund

Georgian Partnership Fund Executive Director Davit Saganelidze, left, signs the agreement with Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds.   The OPIC-supported Gazelle Finance recently signed a commitment with... Read more...

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Partner spotlight: How an OPIC-supported private equity fund helped bring quality coffee and quality jobs to Kenya

Quality Kenyan coffee is sold around the world, but it hasn’t always been easy to find right there in the country. When California native Kevin Ashley came to Kenya as a relief worker in 1993, he had a hard time finding a decent cup of coffee... Read more...

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New case study by Convergence highlights OPIC-supported blended fund targeting SMEs across 20 countries

By Chris Clubb, Managing Director of New Products and Knowledge, Convergence In the world of development finance, we often hear the same question: how can public funders use their capital more catalytically to attract private capital in order to... Read more...

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Why Africa needs more pioneering investors … and how OPIC can support them

The OPIC-supported Helios Modern Africa Growth Fund invests across 14 countries in Africa, in a diverse range of sectors, from technology to pharmaceuticals to agriculture. With more than ten percent of the world’s population and less than... Read more...

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Why institutional investors are growing more comfortable with emerging markets

“As of this year, the 10-year average emerging market private equity returns are roughly comparable with developed market PE returns,” Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, wrote in this recent piece in Financier... Read more...

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OPIC client Root Capital reaches a $100 million milestone

Congratulations to OPIC client Root Capital for reaching $100 million in active loans for the first time in its 15-year history! Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that strengthens rural livelihoods in poor,... Read more...

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Featured photo: Improving health services in Albania

Technicians at the American Hospital in Albania conduct lab tests on modern equipment not available in many of the country’s public hospitals. The healthcare sector in Albania, one of Europe’s poorest counties, has struggled in recent years... Read more...

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