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Laying the foundation for investments in South Sudan

April 17, 2013

With recent independence in 2011, South Sudan is working to build its economy and facilitate private investment. The new country offers enormous potential with fertile farmland, oil, and natural resources. It also faces challenges to sustainable economic development and facilitating investments common in frontier markets. Looking at ways to help boost the country’s private sector development, OPIC Executive Vice President
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World Health Day highlights need for better health care in developing countries

April 05, 2013

April 7th is designated as World Health Day each year by the World Health Organization (WHO) to commemorate that agency’s founding. In conjunction with this, WHO annually highlights a theme that has a significant global health impact and often focuses on issues – such as access to clean water – that are particularly relevant to the developing world. This year,
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Improving health care in Africa, one clinic at a time

April 04, 2013

In Sub-Saharan Africa, access to healthcare is limited, the quality of care is often poor, and the need is great. The continent carries a disproportionate share of the global burden of many diseases from HIV/AIDS to high blood pressure, and this disease load is exacerbated by widespread poverty, food insecurity and poor sanitation. In this challenging environment, where public funding
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Political risk insurance at work: Mali school operates amid political turmoil

March 25, 2013

When in 2011 OPIC provided political risk insurance in connection with the American International School of Bamako in Mali, the West African nation was a stable democracy. The insurance protects against loss of business income, including evacuation expenses, resulting from political violence. Political risk insurance, like all insurance, is a product that the buyer never hopes will be used. But
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World Water Day highlights need for clean water, sanitation in developing world

March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22 is the United Nations World Water Day, held annually to raise awareness of the importance of fresh water and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.  Each year a specific aspect of water management is highlighted. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is dedicated to the theme of
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International Women’s Day: Six ways OPIC supports women around the world

March 08, 2013

By Judith Pryor, Vice President, OPIC Office of External Affairs Since 1987, the United States has recognized March as Women’s History Month, and since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day has been observed all over the world. This year’s theme, “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum,” recognizes that equality is an essential part of a modern progressive world. The theme is
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Two OPIC deals named on IFC’s list of top public-private partnerships

March 07, 2013

Public-private partnerships have long been at the core of OPIC’s work supporting development. They are increasingly being recognized as an effective tool not just to finance major infrastructure projects, but also to reduce poverty by supporting projects to expand food production and access to education, healthcare, clean energy, and financial services. A new publication, Emerging Partnerships, lists two OPIC projects
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Featured photo: Support for Rwandan coffee growers

February 15, 2013

Shyara washing station owned by OPIC client Westrock Coffee Holdings’ Rwanda Trading Co. (“RTC”). OPIC political risk insurance is supporting RTC’s coffee processing operations in Rwanda, which provides agricultural extension loans, seed, fertilizer, compost and technical assistance to help small local coffee producers across the country improve production processes and access international markets. RTC is also providing technical assistance to help
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Featured photo: Supporting small businesses in Africa

February 08, 2013

In Nairobi, Kenya, Equity Bank CEO Dr. James Mwangi (center) introduces OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield to Equity Bank agent Maureen Wambugu (right). One of the bank’s community branches is surrounded by several local businesses, including a second hand shoe trader, whose owner used an Equity Bank micro loan to expand his business. OPIC is providing $8.45 million in
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OPIC and GE partner to bring clean cookstoves to East Africa

February 05, 2013

Last Thursday, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new OPIC partnership with GE to finance a clean cookstoves project in East Africa – one of a select series of public-private partnerships producing sustainable solutions to key global challenges that she chose to highlight during her final week in office. Developmentally, the project addresses one of the world’s most
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