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To combat entrenched poverty and violence, this coffee cooperative improved the incomes of indigenous farmers. With towering oaks, gushing waterfalls and long green stretches of bountiful coffee trees, Guatemala’s Maya Ixil region is a place of lyrical beauty. But listen closely enough, and the lyrics tell an entirely different story—a story of an ugly past marked by heartbreaking violence. In…
By teaching organic practices, this fruit cooperative ensures farmers don’t have to sacrifice their health or the environment to make a profit. In Walter Elizondo Naranjo’s office in San Antonio, Costa Rica, hangs a large banner with pictures of pineapple, bananas, and oranges. 100% orgánico, the banner proudly states. Looking at the banner, Walter grins broadly. “This is COOPEASSA.” Thirty…
Public-private partnerships bring multi-sector stakeholders together to solve complex problems at scale. They take many different forms, but tend to work best when addressing an area in which traditional investment is lacking and the risks are too high for individual actors to undertake alone.
The impacting investing sector has long lacked the right tools to ensure critical dollars are allocated in a way that generates both impact and revenue. In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, we introduce the “efficient impact frontier,” a powerful approach to building a portfolio with the greatest possible impact for the level of expected return.
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For nearly five decades – under both Republican and Democratic administrations – OPIC has demonstrated a market-based model for how to responsibly invest in businesses and jumpstart economic development that likely wouldn’t occur otherwise.