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Featured photo: Sweet success in Uganda

In honor of World Food Day, we are highlighting agribusiness entrepreneurs such as Madina Namanda who owns and operates a successful wholesale, commercial pineapple plantation in Uganda and, in doing so, has been able to increase her income. With the help of OPIC, microfinance institution FINCA International has provided more than 1.5 million low-income people with the financing necessary to Read more…

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From introducing advanced technology to providing support for small farmers: How OPIC has helped some Massachusetts enterprises have a positive impact in the world

OPIC’s popular Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses travels later this month to Massachusetts, a state that has produced many strong OPIC supported projects that are having a positive impact in the developing world. Expanding Horizons is a nine-year-old OPIC workshop series that seeks to educate small businesses about the opportunities of expanding into developing markets and the way OPIC Read more…

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How humanitarian and faith-based groups play a key role in development

Faith-based groups are in the spotlight this week as Pope Francis visits Washington to meet with political leaders and discuss some of the world’s major challenges from poverty to climate change. Rising above the complex politics of global religion, faith-based organizations with a focus on sustainable development have often been able to find common ground with more secular groups in Read more…

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Focus on OPIC’s diaspora partners: Belstar Capital’s Arthur Polk

Second in a series of posts looking at OPIC’s work with diaspora partners. See the first post here. In its work supporting global development around the world, OPIC recognizes members of diaspora communities as valuable partners who bring not only a strong understanding of a particular country or region but also a strong motivation to support economic growth in these Read more…

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How U.S. foreign direct investment brings benefits besides money to the developing world

“U.S. companies and development finance institutions such as OPIC are playing an invaluable role in setting and promoting higher aims for social and environmental performance throughout the developing world,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield recently wrote in PE HUB. 2014 was a record-breaking year for foreign direct investments (FDI), with $700 billion going into developing nations. In her piece, Read more…

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National Day of Service & Remembrance: September Eleventh’s enduring impact

The tradition of volunteering on September 11 was established by the 9/11 nonprofit, MyGoodDeed, with the support of the 9/11 community, which sought to make the day a symbol of the audacious spirit and the great generosity of the American people. In 2009, Congress enshrined this movement by designating September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance that honors Read more…

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The artisan as an engine of economic growth

Small artisans play a big role in many emerging economies. The “artisan economy” has an estimated annual value of $32 billion and is one of the largest employers in the developing world. But these entrepreneurs, many of whom are women, are often limited by their inability to access financial services such as loans to expand their operations and hire workers. Read more…

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OPIC’s support of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative featured on State Department’s DipNote blog

“Energy security is a major challenge for the Caribbean,” OPIC Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff John Morton wrote in a recent post on the State Department’s DipNote blog. “The region is largely dependent on relatively high-cost imported fuel and electricity. Small isolated economies and unattractive investment policies discourage investment necessary to build sustainable energy systems. As a result, Read more…

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Six days in Georgia: Reviving and modernizing an outdated agricultural sector

Part Two in series on OPIC’s work in Georgia See also – Part One: A tour of the projects OPIC supported to help rebuild this young nation By Judith Pryor Vice President, OPIC Office of External Affairs Anyone who travels to Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi will likely be impressed with the quality of the infrastructure and the speed at Read more…

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Four ways OPIC projects support access to water around the world

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 Read more…

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