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Project spotlight: Hamma desalination plant provides clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Algerian families

A decade ago, Algeria’s capital city of Algiers was suffering a severe shortage of clean drinking water, resulting in strict rationing, stockpiling, as well as the consumption of dirty water by households and farms. The solution, as with so many major development challenges requiring large investments in infrastructure, came in the form of a public-private partnership involving the Algerian government, Read more…

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OPIC and Amethis Finance support Africa’s priority sectors for economic growth

On September 5, in Paris, France, Overseas Private Investment Corporation President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield and Executive President and Co-Founder of Amethis Finance Luc Rigouzzo signed a $150 million credit line dedicated to investments in priority sectors that are critical to Africa’s economic growth. Littlefield indicated that all of these sectors, including agribusiness, infrastructure, energy and financial services, offer Read more…

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Featured photo: OPIC supports literacy in developing countries

In honor of International Literacy Day on September 8, this week we feature a photo of a student at the International Community School in Kumasi, Ghana. An OPIC loan has helped fund the expansion of this K-12 school, which offers a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for college and careers. Read more about this story.

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Alemayehou: Public private partnerships can transform Africa

As much of Africa enjoys a period of unprecedented economic growth, it also faces the challenge of how to sustain and extend this progress. In a recent piece for AllAfrica.com, OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou notes that augmenting and maintaining the infrastructure needed to support this growth will cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year for the foreseeable Read more…

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Featured photo: Bringing modern, affordable healthcare to Pakistan

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield (far left) tours the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College in Karachi during her July visit to Pakistan. An OPIC loan is supporting the renovation and expansion of the facility that will include the introduction of advanced equipment, a center for medical innovation and a program to subsidize healthcare for poorer patients throughout Pakistan. Read more…

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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

What do the world’s poor people need? Money is one simple answer, but money alone is often not enough to support long-term solutions to put individuals and communities on the path to prosperity. Seattle-based Global Partnerships is one OPIC client that has successfully combined microfinance lending with additional non-financial services such as education, training and healthcare to poor communities in Latin Read more…

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Featured photo: Local retailer supports jobs and sustainable development in Guatemala

The Guatemala City flagship store of Cemaco, a family-owned business that operates 20 retail stores throughout Guatemala selling hardware, home goods ,toys and baby gear. OPIC, through a loan guaranty to World Business Capital, supported a $9,750,000 loan to help the business expand. The Cemaco retail chain currently has about 1,500 local employees and is committed to sustainable business practices Read more…

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Tailoring finance tools for impact investors

This is the second blog post in an occasional series By Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor, Socially Responsible Finance In my earlier blog post I explored OPIC’s contributions to the evolving impact investing sector, mostly by providing financing and insurance products to help American companies working in emerging markets. In addition to these core products, OPIC continues to innovate and Read more…

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OPIC to play key role in President Obama’s Power Africa initiative

OPIC, which has a long history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, will now play a key role in a new U.S. initiative to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region has in recent years seen strong economic growth and an expanding consumer class, but limited power remains a major problem, with more than two-thirds of the population Read more…

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OPIC partners with Millennium Challenge Corporation for Twitter chat on power investing in Africa

Access to electricity is a fundamental component of growth and development for any country or region. Africa, home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, has enormous power potential, but many of its residents still have little or no access to electricity. On June 30th, President Obama announced Power Africa, an initiative that will double access Read more…

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