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Four ways OPIC projects support access to water around the world

August 27, 2015

World Water Week seeks to highlight the key role that water plays in advancing global health and prosperity, and to foster discussion around innovative and effective ways to increase access to water for drinking, agriculture and health and sanitation. This year the occasion follows closely on the heels of the U.N.’s Financing for Development conference last month and seeks to
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Focus on OPIC’s diaspora partners: American Wool and Cashmere CEO Nesar Nusraty

August 19, 2015

(First in a series of posts looking at OPIC’s work with diaspora communities) In its work supporting development in emerging markets around the world, OPIC frequently partners with diaspora investors and businesses that are based in the U.S. but have strong ties to their home countries. Along with having a deep understanding of a particular country, these diaspora investors typically
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Featured Photo: Innovation supporting rural livelihoods in Tanzania

August 07, 2015

A Power Africa photo contest winner shows a man in Tanzania sewing at night with the aid of a solar light, which is helping to provide additional income generating opportunities for him and his family. The light, made available by d.Light – an African Clean Energy Finance ACEF grant recipient, is empowering rural families in Tanzania by extending their productive
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Featured Photo: Providing equipment to support agricultural co-ops in Kenya

July 31, 2015

A worker for BrazAfric, a social enterprise that provides agricultural tools and machinery to farmers, inventories supplies in the company’s warehouse in Kenya. Many farmers who produce much of the food on the continent often can’t afford basic equipment. Supported by Grassroots Business Fund, an OPIC client that received a loan in 2011, BrazAfric is helping farmers with productivity improvement
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Small loans, big impact: A look at OPIC’s PI program

July 29, 2015

To address big development challenges such as world hunger, you sometimes have to start small. In Sub-Saharan Africa, food insecurity affects millions, but the solution rests largely with the individual smallholder farmers who often can’t afford to pay for basic farming equipment. Small amounts of financing offer the potential to deliver significant benefits to them and the communities they serve. 
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Obama visit to Kenya highlights Africa’s immense potential

July 27, 2015

“Kenya may well be on its way to becoming a ‘silicon savannah,’ a hub of excellence and innovation in technology,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote in a piece published in All Africa, as she joined President Barack Obama on a historic trip to Africa. “The goal, of course, is to ensure that Africa can do more than catch
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Six days in Georgia: A tour of the projects OPIC supported to help rebuild this young nation

July 22, 2015

(Part One in series on OPIC’s work in Georgia) By Judith Pryor Vice President, OPIC Office of External Affairs I’ve visited several OPIC project sites from Kenya to the West Bank, but nothing quite compares with my recent visit to Georgia where, over the course of six days, I was able to visit 18 OPIC-supported projects spanning a range of
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Featured photo: Building a wind power plant in Jamaica

July 17, 2015

Workers near Malvern, Jamaica help excavate a construction site where wind turbines will be raised in the coming months. Supported by a $42.7 million loan from OPIC, BMR Jamaica Wind Ltd is building a 36.3 MW wind farm about 60 miles west of Kingston. The plant is expected to be the largest renewable energy project developed by the private sector
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“Open for Business” at the U.S.-Ukraine Business Forum

July 16, 2015

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
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