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Our Investment Policies

​​​​​​​OPIC is committed to supporting projects that will produce strong positive developmental impacts such as access to electricity, low-income housing, education, financial services and healthcare.

OPIC's Office of Investment Policy (OIP) evaluates every proposed project and uses a spider graph to measure and chart the potential developmental impact across five key categories.

  • Development Reach, which measures a project's expected impact on basic infrastructure and/or its potential benefits to the poor and other underserved populations. For projects involving financial services, this factor measures the extent to which underdeveloped areas or underserved, poor populations will be targeted by the financial institution.
  • Job Creation and Human Capacity Building, which includes the number of new jobs that are expected to be created, as well as training and employee benefits that go beyond local legal requirements.
  • Macroeconomic or Financial Benefits, which measures anticipated local procurement and fiscal and foreign exchange impacts. For projects involving financial services, this factor measures the amount of funds to be disbursed, as well as the impact on micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurship, and home ownership.
  • Demonstration Effects, which includes expected technology and knowledge transfer, technical assistance to suppliers or borrowers, the introduction of new products (including financial products), the project's impact on regulatory and legal reform, and the adoption of internationally-recognized quality or performance standards.
  • Community and Environmental Benefits, which identifies a project's philanthropic activities that benefit the local community and/or activities that improve the environment.

How OPIC projects make a positive impact