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Africa rising: Survey shows dramatic improvements for investors

June 25, 2014

Africa has risen to become the second most attractive investment destination in the world, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa attractiveness survey shows. This year’s survey, which measures foreign direct investment into the continent as well as investors’ perceptions and actual investment levels, showed that Africa and Asia are tied in second place, just behind North America as the world’s best
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“My unique connection to Power Africa:” OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

March 27, 2014

In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative, designed to help African countries responsibly develop extensive energy resources with the aid of private sector investors. OPIC committed up to $1.5 billion in financing to support this endeavor, in keeping with the agency’s longstanding history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou,
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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Ellicott Dredges

March 20, 2014

Small businesses comprise the majority of all firms in the U.S. economy, and are powerful engines of job creation at home as well as drivers of development, innovative solutions, and economic efficiency in scores of developing nations. Small businesses can also face far tougher challengers than established multinationals when they do business abroad, so it is both fitting and instructive
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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: SunEdison

March 19, 2014

On a quiet plain in the rural center of South Africa sits a small town called Boshof. It’s far from the bustling cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and hundreds of miles from the dramatic, hilly coastline of the Cape of Good Hope. But Boshof, in the country’s underdeveloped Free State, is the site of a major project to generate
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OPIC’s Impact Awards: A recap in photos

March 12, 2014

OPIC’s March 11 inaugural Impact Awards ceremony was a big success and helped us highlight the ways our clients are making a difference around the world. In this post we showcase the winners. Global Partnerships: Access to Finance Award OPIC loan recipient Global Partnerships, one of the three clients awarded the Access to Finance award, facilitates small microfinance loans in
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OPIC-supported Siraj Investment Fund recognized for excellence

February 26, 2014

The Siraj Fund Management Company recently received EMEA Finance Magazine’s award for “Best Asset Manager in Palestine” for the year 2013. The Siraj Palestine Fund I, a $90 million fund based in Ramallah, is supported in part by a $30 million commitment from OPIC. The fund was established in 2011 for the purpose of investing in small and medium-sized West
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Getting to dawn in Sub-Saharan Africa: OPIC’s Whalen on the changing investment climate on the continent

January 22, 2014

OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance, Michael Whalen wrote about Africa’s energy deficit in Project Finance International’s 2014 Yearbook, where he said that an improving investment climate and the U.S. Power Africa initiative have created momentum for increased electrification “after years of missed opportunities.” “For a long time global appetite for project finance in Africa was strongly concentrated in natural resource
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Beyond BRIC: The next economic giants

January 15, 2014

  It’s been 13 years since economist Jim O’Neill coined the term BRIC to refer to the four developing countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) enjoying strong economic growth and promise rivaling or surpassing that seen in the developed world. Since then, many countries beyond the BRIC four have also started enjoying accelerated growth and economic promise in the developing
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Littlefield in AllAfrica: Africa can be transformed with public-private investment

December 03, 2013

How can Africa fully compete when countless factories and computers go dark during rolling blackouts? How can it compete in an era of non-stop, round-the-clock communication when millions go home to candles or lanterns? Although Africa has made great strides in industries like transportation, manufacturing and telecommunications, some 600 million Africans still lack access to basic electricity. In a guest
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Measuring and monitoring impact: Five ways development impacts lives (Part Three in a series)

November 06, 2013

This post is the third in a series on OPIC’s work measuring and monitoring the developmental impact of the projects it supports. To view the previous posts click here and here. Some benefits of an investment in a developing country are obvious. A new power plant, for example, provides a reliable source of electricity to people who may have been
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