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Featured photo: Raising healthy cattle in Zambia

A herd of cattle at a small farm in southern Zambia where OPIC partner Silverlands Fund has worked to improve livestock health. Silverlands invests in a variety of agricultural businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, including multiple cattle farms, where it has invested in vaccinations and more nutritious feedstock to help dramatically reduce disease. Silverlands has taken this same approach to improve Read more…

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A new tool for achieving impact: A look at OPIC’s IFIP pilot

One of the ways OPIC has been able to achieve a positive development impact for more than four decades is by consistently innovating its tools and processes. OPIC listens to clients, and regularly introduces new financial and insurance products to better serve our partners. One of those recent innovations is the Innovative Financial Intermediaries Program, or IFIP, which was launched Read more…

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Partner Spotlight: How OPIC helped one Oklahoma business revive an aging Colombian oil field

  It’s said that if you build it they will come, but when trying to introduce a promising technology into an emerging market, it’s not always that easy. Sadanand Joshi (pictured), President of Joshi Technologies of Tulsa, Oklahoma, learned this when he sought to apply an advanced oil production technology he developed to an aging oil field in Colombia. “As a Read more…

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Featured photo: Support for wine producer creates jobs and bolsters agriculture in Georgia

A worker at the Teliani Valley winery in Georgia has been able to increase production, employ more workers and boost local tourism with the help of OPIC financing. OPIC has supported multiple projects that have helped bring stability and economic growth to this small country on Russia’s southern border. By investing in small farmers, and more modern agriculture production, OPIC Read more…

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“Open for Business” at the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum

In regions around the world near or vulnerable to violent conflict, instability can often be exacerbated by a lack of private sector investment. The governments of the United States and Ukraine have been working together to mitigate this risk in the face of recent conflict in the eastern part of that country. This week they hosted the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum Read more…

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Featured photo: Improving healthcare in Angola

Healthcare workers review files in the new Luanda Medical and Diagnostic Center in Angola’s capital city. Built with the support of a $9.8 million loan from OPIC, the center is providing affordable treatment and outpatient services, and has introduced new medical diagnostic capabilities such as state-of-the-art MRI and CAT scan technology. The center is projected to serve 87,000 patients per Read more…

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OPIC award-winning project highlights value of financial intermediaries in boosting small business lending

A milestone 2013 OPIC project to support lending to small businesses in Brazil was recognized earlier this month as Trade Finance Americas Deal of the Year by the international magazine, Trade Finance. OPIC committed a $400 million loan – alongside $80 million from Wells Fargo – in the project, which supports lending to underserved businesses, mostly in the lower-income parts of the country that Read more…

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Featured photo: Supporting clean and dependable drinking water in Algeria

In a desert city surrounded by seawater, a water desalination plant is bringing clean drinking water to many of Algiers’ residents. The plant, which uses reverse osmosis technology, was built with the support of OPIC financing to Ionics Inc. of Watertown, Massachusetts. OPIC provided a $200 million loan to Ionics to help facilitate construction of the plant which is now Read more…

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Featured photo: Securing water in a water scarce region

A worker welds a pipeline helping transport water from southern Jordan to Amman. OPIC provided financing and political risk insurance to support the construction of the 202-mile water pipeline, built by Disi Water, in Jordan – one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. Completed in 2014, Disi Water is providing dependable water to the people of Amman and Read more…

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Obama highlights OPIC’s role supporting development in India

President Barack Obama this week highlighted OPIC’s work supporting lending to small and medium businesses in India, when he spoke at the U.S. India Business Council. Obama, who visited India along with OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield to mark the anniversary of India’s independence, said that OPIC financing would support lending in many of India’s rural and urban regions that are Read more…

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