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Africa Day: Reflecting on progress and investing for the future

May 24, 2013

May 25 is Africa Day, which recognizes the founding of the African Union in 1963. This year, the 50th anniversary of African unity provides an opportunity to highlight the great progress the continent has made, and encourages a look toward the future. By almost all accounts, the future is bright. One commonly-cited statistic is that seven of the 10 fastest
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Protecting your investment from political risk: A conversation with John Moran, OPIC’s Vice President of Insurance

May 20, 2013

OPIC’s political risk insurance allows U.S. businesses to take advantage of commercially attractive opportunities in emerging markets while mitigating risk and helping them to compete in a global marketplace. In this interview, John Moran, Vice President of Insurance, explains the work that he and his colleagues do to provide innovative, comprehensive and cost-effective risk-mitigation products. What types of companies come to OPIC
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Mobile healthcare for rural Ghana

May 10, 2013

Sherry Ayittey, Ghana’s Minister of Health, seated, tours one of eight new mobile medical clinics that were introduced this month as part of the National Medical Equipment Modernization Project. OPIC is supporting the project by providing political risk insurance to  Belstar Development, LLC, the lead investor in the project. These mobile clinics will travel to currently underserved areas of the
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OPIC celebrates innovation in 2012 annual report

May 07, 2013

OPIC’s newly-released 2012 annual report showcases several key projects and agency priorities of the past year and highlights the role of innovation in our work. Innovation has long been a guiding principal at OPIC, which has built creative deal structures and partnerships to address the challenges of investing in the developing world and worked with several innovative businesses that found
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Featured photo: OPIC supports African businesses through the Ethos Fund

May 03, 2013

Workers at Plumblink, a South African supplier of plumbing and sanitation equipment that is one of the investments of the OPIC-supported Ethos Fund, that invests in African businesses. OPIC is one of the largest sponsors of private equity funds in emerging markets, supporting investments that contribute to development and often create local jobs.

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OPIC‘s Project 158 drives private equity capital to emerging markets

April 24, 2013

In late 2011, OPIC issued its first Global Engagement Call for proposals from qualified emerging markets private equity fund managers. Similar to earlier requests, the Global Engagement Call again focused on driving private, patient, long-term growth capital to OPIC-eligible emerging markets via investment funds. But it was unique from earlier calls for proposals in that the range of investment strategies
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Featured photo: Making use of the earth’s resources

April 19, 2013

In honor of Earth Day later this month, we are sharing this photo from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of an abundant evening market in Msimba, Tanzania, powered by solar lights, which enables members of the community to shop and sell their goods after the workday is over. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is investing in improving the reliability of
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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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