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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Featured Photo: Helping low income families purchase homes

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In Nicaragua, a boy steps out of his home that his family was able to purchase with a microfinance loan from OPIC-supported MicroBuild. Millions of people throughout the developing world lack access to formal financial services like bank mortgages, but the microfinance lending supported by Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity’s MicroBuild Fund has help support microfinance lending for housing to people ... More information

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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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  • OPIC achieved a milestone of $1 billion in microfinance lending. This week’s featured photo is of a #Peruvian artisan who turned her craft into a successful #business with a #microfinance loan through OPIC-supported Global Partnerships. You can also view the photo on our website: go.usa.gov/cssQA (additional link to website in profile) #smallbusiness #microfinancing
  • Featured Photo: Today’s featured photo shows OPIC president and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield and Cote d’Ivoire President, Alassane Ouattara’s discussion on growth and investment opportunities for his country. http://go.usa.gov/cAmYJ (link to website in profile). #cotedivoire #developmentfinance #development #finance

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

Economic policy is foreign policy and foreign policy is economic policy. American businesses are some of the best ambassadors our country has,

-Secretary of State John Kerry

OPIC is driving effective, sustainable development in some of the most underserved regions of the world

-Ambassador Susan Rice

OPICs’ approach to international development is effective and efficient: Effective because we operate with commercial discipline, and efficient because we actually generate income for the American taxpayer and the federal budget.

-Elizabeth Littlefield

OPIC is deeply committed to new ideas about how markets can be best used to bring opportunity to people,

-Rick Beckett, CEO of OPIC client Global Partnerships

OPIC is a catalyst for private sector investment in critical markets, markets where our companies would not be doing business without your support.

-Myron Brilliant, EVP, Chamber of Commerce