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The challenge of building affordable housing in developing countries … and how DFIs can help

April 01, 2015

By Debra Erb Managing Director, OPIC Housing Programs (This blog is adapted from a speech Debra Erb delivered in November 2014 at the general meeting of the African Union for Housing Finance.) One of the fundamental steps to advancing development in emerging markets is giving low-income people a secure place to live. As a banker who has successfully assembled financing
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Water for agriculture: How one innovative project is helping African farmers grow more food

March 20, 2015

March 22 is World Water Day, an occasion to remember how water is fundamental to life and fundamental to global development. In many parts of Africa, poor farmers operate with little equipment and can only water their crops when it rains. Being so dependent on the weather for their livelihood is not only inconvenient, it’s also costly. Even a lengthy
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Why global development is a women’s issue

March 06, 2015

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation The developing world faces a multitude of challenges from poverty to food insecurity to insufficient electricity, all which limit the lives of millions of men and women. But in my time working to support global development at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), I’ve come to understand that many of these
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Featured photo: Logistics startup employs hundreds in Tanzania

February 20, 2015

A truck driver and operations manager are just two of the 248 full-time workers employed in by Alistair James Co., which built a logistics and trucking company with the support of OPIC financing. In a region where limited rail lines and shipping ports makes businesses and local aid operations heavily reliant on trucking, U.S. businessman Alistair James built the company
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OPIC client Root Capital reaches a $100 million milestone

February 09, 2015

Congratulations to OPIC client Root Capital for reaching $100 million in active loans for the first time in its 15-year history! Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that strengthens rural livelihoods in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. Root Capital provides a reliable source of financing for clients, enabling them to make investments in agricultural
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Featured photo: Supporting agriculture in Uganda

February 06, 2015

A worker sorts through African bird’s eye chili peppers grown by farmers in eastern Uganda for Sunshine Agro Products, a chili and spice exporter, and one of the businesses supported by OPIC client Root Capital. Since 2010, OPIC has committed more than $30 million in loans to Root Capital, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit social investment fund that lends to rural businesses
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OPIC at a glance

February 04, 2015

From a growing commitment to renewable resources to support for American small businesses, learn more about some of our major accomplishments in this cheat sheet.

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U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative – Supporting renewable energy to power Africa

January 13, 2015

By John Morton, OPIC Chief of Staff Imagine an expanse of land stretching from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge in which most residents live their daily lives without a single watt of electricity. Some 300 million Americans would travel home from work on darkened streets, read at night by the light of candles, think twice about
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‘Don’t let Ebola obscure Africa’s larger promise’: OPIC’s CEO on the future of Africa

January 06, 2015

The development news outlet Devex published an op-ed by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield on the promise of economic growth in Africa. In her piece, “Don’t let Ebola obscure Africa’s larger promise and challenges,” Littlefield writes that America’s increased engagement with Africa comes at a pivotal moment when investors are helping build the energy infrastructure in Africa with unprecedented
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Year in review: OPIC’s top blog posts of 2014

December 22, 2014

OPIC extended its work addressing major world development challenges in 2014, supporting projects to build power plants and other major infrastructure, increase access to food and clean drinking water, introduce cleaner sources of energy, improve the quality of healthcare and help individuals lift themselves out of poverty by providing affordable mortgages to build stable homes and small businesses. We’re recapping
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