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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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Featured Photo: Home improvement loans backed by OPIC keep Cambodian architecture alive

March 29, 2013

OPIC Managing Director of Micro and SME Finance Loren Rodwin, left, visits the home of Pen Phalla, center, a Cambodian grocery store owner who is using a $3000 home improvement loan to expand her house and business in the traditional Khmer architectural style. A Cambodian microfinance institution, Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia), Ltd. (TPC), is using a $5 million OPIC loan to
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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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A world of opportunity: OPIC’s interactive map feature

March 05, 2013

  OPIC’s support of U.S. private investment extends around the globe to 160 developing and post-conflict countries. As the U.S. government’s development finance institution, OPIC catalyzes revenues, jobs and growth opportunities from Europe to the Middle East, as well as Africa to Asia and Latin America. We are often asked to talk about our projects, which cover a wide range
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OPIC’s President and CEO heads to Haiti to support micro lending for sustainable reconstruction

February 25, 2013

This week, OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield will lead a delegation of OPIC representatives on a visit to Haiti to launch an important mortgage finance project developed in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Development Innovations Group (DIG), a U.S.-based housing finance and urban development firm, will manage the project.
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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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Meeting the global unemployment challenge

January 31, 2013

A report earlier this month from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) offered some staggering measures of worldwide unemployment. IFC said there are currently 200 million people unemployed around the world – a number roughly equivalent to the population of Brazil — and that the developing world will need to create some 600 million new jobs by the year 2020, just
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OPIC and the global microfinance industry

November 19, 2012

One of the core ways that OPIC carries out its mission to help channel private capital to address the world’s toughest development challenges is by working with microfinance institutions. In this guest post on the CGAP Microfinance Blog, Richard Greenberg and Loren Rodwin, Managing Directors, Micro and SME Finance at OPIC, outline some of the key ways OPIC is working
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OPIC earns a top rating for innovation in the federal government

September 10, 2012

Innovation has long been a core value at OPIC: It is reflected in the groundbreaking financial and insurance products we offer to support U.S. companies operating in some of the most challenging places on the planet, as well as in the way we conduct our internal operations. Recently OPIC was recognized for our ability to adapt to change by seeking
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A pivotal year for foreign affairs, a banner year for OPIC: Read the fiscal 2011 annual report

May 22, 2012

OPIC recently published its annual report for fiscal 2011, a year that OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield describes as “a pivotal year for foreign affairs and a banner year for the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.” Littlefield’s full letter is preinted below, and the complete annual report is available on OPIC.gov. When I embarked on my first full year at
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