OPIC the U.S. Government's development finance institution, mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges by delivering finance innovations that foster economic development in new and emerging market. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps businesses gain footholds in emerging markets by 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. Since its founding in 1971, OPIC has accomplished its development mission by supporting $200 billion worth of investment in nearly 4,000 projects in developing countries and emerging markets. OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis and returns money to the Federal Government every year.