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Foreign investment into Africa surges in 2014

July 15, 2015

Although foreign direct investment took a hit worldwide in the past year, Africa continued to generate strong interest, with a 136 percent increase in capital invested over the previous year, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa Attractiveness Survey shows. This investment created 188,400 new jobs in Africa, it said. This growth in FDI dollars invested came despite an overall decline in
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Throwback Thursday: A look at the 2014 inaugural OPIC Impact Award winners

June 25, 2015

As we wrap up the 2015 OPIC Impact Awards recognizing the work of seven clients who demonstrated excellence in development, we wanted to look back at last year’s inaugural awards, the first time we hosted an event to formally honor the diverse work of our clients and the positive impact they are having around the world. The inaugural 2014 awards
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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Root Capital

June 04, 2015

In recent years as OPIC has increased its focus on renewable resources, it has supported investments not just in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, but also in clean water, forest preservation and sustainable agriculture, which are all essential to feeding a growing planet. There may be no resource more fundamental than food, but many of the world’s
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Four data points showing five years of progress at OPIC

May 13, 2015

OPIC’s 2014 annual report … in addition to highlighting full year results … offers some data on the Agency’s progress over the past five years. These include: Steady growth in OPIC’s total portfolio:   A sharp increase in renewable energy commitments:   A strong focus on investing in Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounted for more than a quarter of new commitments
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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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