Who we are

OPIC mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.

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What We Offer

OPIC provides financial products such as loans and guaranties, political risk insurance, and support for investment funds, all of which help American businesses expand into emerging markets. From offering long-term lending to protecting against the risks of political instability, OPIC’s products are uniquely tailored to assist the private sector in some of the world’s most challenging places. More information

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Four ways OPIC projects support access to water around the world


World Water Week seeks to highlight the key role that water plays in advancing global health and prosperity, and to foster discussion around innovative and effective ways to increase access to water for drinking, agriculture and health and sanitation. This year the occasion follows closely on the heels of the U.N.’s Financing for Development conference last month and seeks to ... More information


OPIC: Snapshots in Development

As the US government’s development finance institution, OPIC partners with American businesses by providing financing, political risk insurance and support for private equity funds in challenging but promising regions. More information

OPIC in Action - Sambazon

With OPIC development finance support, Sambazon, a California company, provides income for family farmers in Brazil through their açaí business. More information

OPIC and Power Africa

Elizabeth Littlefield explains why business can be a force for good in global development. More information

Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact

Eight projects that are making a difference. More information

BITC's International Award Winner

Through a $350M partnership with OPIC, Citigroup has developed new financial capabilities which enable new distribution models to access microentrepreneurs in developing markets. More information

Global Housing Microfinance Fund

At the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting, Habitat for Humanity International CEO John Reckford discusses Microbuild - a global mirofinance fund providing housing finance to low income families. More information

The federal budget and foreign aid

How much of the federal budget does the U.S. spend on foreign aid? A lot less than most Americans think. More information

business USA

BusinessUSA, a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access government services to help them grow and hire.


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In my view OPIC is the most elegant piece of public policy ever conceived.

-Francisco Sanchez, former OPIC board member

We know that small firms are at the heart of the American economy. We are here to help them become part of the global economy as well.

-OPIC President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield

OPIC is one of the most innovative and effective U.S. Government agencies in developing climate finance while leveraging private investment.

-Todd Stern, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change

More and more people see OPIC as a key part of America’s international economic policy – and its support as something that can come together quickly. In priority after priority, OPIC has an increasingly central role to play in generating support for investment.

-Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative

We’re changing how we define development… we need to harness all the tools at our disposal – from our diplomacy to our trade and investment policies.

-President Barack Obama

The OPIC approach is the most effective way to support sustainable development because it deploys a private market entrepreneurship and discipline. It is the most efficient way to conduct development because it is self-financing and actually generates income for the American taxpayer and the federal budget.

-OPIC President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield