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Monthly news wrap-up: September 2012

October 03, 2012

Last month, the General Assembly of the United Nations convened to begin the General Debate of the 67th Session and leaders from 193 countries congregated in New York City to discuss some of the world’s toughest issues. As reported by the State Department, some of the United States’ priorities include building on the progress made toward achieving the Millennium Development
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Monthly news wrap-up: August 2012

September 05, 2012

Late last month, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) reported that farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasing the use of small-scale irrigation schemes as a result of drought that puts the security of food supplies at risk. The three-year study found that, rather than wait for rainfall, smallholder farmers, whose farms supply food for individual families, are
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Monthly news wrap-up: July 2012

August 01, 2012

This month, Ernst & Young released a new report, Rapid-Growth Markets Forecast Summer edition 2012, which explores how soaring domestic demand in many developing markets “is poised to change the rules of the world economy.” By 2020, the report says, the number of middle-class households in emerging countries will more than double, overtaking the U.S. and Eurozone with nearly 150
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Monthly news wrap-up: June 2012

July 05, 2012

June was an eventful month for OPIC, which hosted its latest board meeting and approved several funding deals addressing a range of development challenges in a variety of regions. The board’s approvals included two solar projects in Peru, an Internet expansion project in East Africa, and several new investment funds that will bring the latest renewable energy technologies to emerging
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Monthly news wrap-up: May 2012

June 04, 2012

OPIC provided political risk insurance to rebuild a flour mill and animal feed facility that was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. This picture is from a tour at the grand reopening of the facility on December 15, 2011. This is just one of many OPIC projects focused on food security. We continue our monthly news wrap-up series this month, starting with a
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Monthly News Wrap-Up: April 2012

May 04, 2012

Last month we started recapping some of the most important stories from the industries and geographies in which we operate. This month we are continuing this series and we start with the recent Global Philanthropy Forum, which generated extensive discussion about the ways private investment and public-private partnerships can be used to address major social and environmental challenges. The Global
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OPIC’s Monthly News Wrap-Up: March 2012

March 29, 2012

We frequently share the important pieces of journalism we find on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Starting this month, we will also begin recapping on our blog some of the stories we consider most important to helping solve critical development challenges. This month there has been increased discussion over ways to encourage more economic development in Afghanistan in order to
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