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Seeing complex projects through to completion: A conversation with Ryan Bequai, Managing Director, OPIC Portfolio Monitoring Division

November 21, 2013

What happens when a project doesn’t progress according to its business plan? OPIC thoroughly vets projects and management teams before committing financing, but the challenges of doing business in the developing world can mean that unforeseen events arise. OPIC’s consistent ability to make a positive developmental impact and earn a net profit in spite of these challenges – read more
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Featured Photo: OPIC financing supports major ethanol plant in Hungary

November 15, 2013

OPIC labor and human rights analyst Tara Guelig visits the Pannonia Ethanol Zrt. project in the rural town of Dunaföldvár, Hungary during a recent trip to monitor the project. OPIC in 2010 approved a $60 million loan to support construction of the plant, which has created 100 local jobs and introduced state-of-the-art ethanol production in Hungary, while doubling the country’s
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Featured photo: Using technology to improve farm yields

November 08, 2013

This photo, one of the winners of the recent Feed the Future photo contest, shows a farmer in northern Ghana who was able to improve yields by more than 65 percent by using a dibbler to more efficiently make holes in the ground during planting. OPIC supports Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and
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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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Featured photo: Providing affordable transportation in Monrovia

October 25, 2013

A shortage of affordable public transportation in Liberia’s capital city has forced many residents to rely on taxis and overcrowded jitneys. A $1 million OPIC loan to NuStrata Logistics LLC of Mount Laurel, New Jersey is supporting the expansion of the start-up Lizard Bus line, named for the red-headed Agama lizard that is indigenous to West Africa and a symbol
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Financial inclusion for Africa’s healthcare providers

October 21, 2013

By Dia Martin, OPIC, Senior Investment Officer On a continent that carries a disproportionate share of many diseases from HIV-AIDS to high blood pressure, access to finance poses a major challenge to the small clinics that serve so many lower and middle class Africans. These clinics often struggle to access even small amounts of credit to maintain or expand their
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Featured photo: Honduras housing project provides school on premises

October 18, 2013

Inter-Mac International Inc., which used OPIC financing to build a community of affordable homes on Choloma, Honduras, also built a number of community services on site, including an elementary school. See more pictures from this housing project in our Facebook photo album.

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Featured photo: Modern neonatal care in Pakistan

October 11, 2013

The Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan was recently renovated and expanded with the support of OPIC financing. In addition to the new neonatal and pediatric and intensive care unit pictured, the expanded facility includes an ambulatory care building, a center for innovation in medical education, a child care center, a new private wing that will subsidize healthcare to poorer
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Engaging communities in Togo and around the world

October 07, 2013

By Keith Kozloff Director, OPIC Office of Accountability In supporting private investment in emerging markets, OPIC strives to also support local communities near project sites. A 100-megawatt power plant in Togo, which was built with the support of OPIC financing and political risk insurance, is one project that delivered significant local benefits. In addition to dramatically increasing power generation and
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Making a difference in the desert: An OPIC success story

October 01, 2013

By Judith Pryor, OPIC Vice President, Office of External Affairs One of the hallmarks of OPIC’s work is our long-term commitment to the highly developmental projects we support. Many of these projects, such as major power plants and utilities in countries with limited infrastructure, are complex undertakings that take years to complete. By providing tools, such as loans with unusually
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