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Four ways OPIC projects support access to water around the world

August 27, 2015

World Water Week seeks to highlight the key role that water plays in advancing global health and prosperity, and to foster discussion around innovative and effective ways to increase access to water for drinking, agriculture and health and sanitation. This year the occasion follows closely on the heels of the U.N.’s Financing for Development conference last month and seeks to
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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Belstar Development, LLC

June 16, 2015

Last month at the 2015 Impact Awards, OPIC recognized Belstar Development, LLC for excellence in development in the innovation category. Belstar is a Miami company that is serving as the lead investor in Ghana’s National Medical Equipment Modernization project, a massive undertaking to improve the quality of healthcare in 100 hospitals across all 10 of Ghana’s administrative regions. OPIC is
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Featured Photo: Expanding access to modern healthcare in Ghana

June 05, 2015

Healthcare workers in Ghana tend to patients in a mobile clinic, part of the Ghana National Medical Equipment Project, a sweeping and ambitious program to update the country’s medical network by introducing advanced technology, expand training and use mobile clinics equipped with backup generators to reach remote regions where access to electricity is limited. The lead investor in the project
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Featured photo: Preventing malaria deaths

April 24, 2015

Malaria nets hang above the beds in this small health clinic, one of many in Sub-Saharan Africa that has been able to expand and purchase more equipment with the help of Medical Credit Fund (MCF). MCF provides financing to small health clinics in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya that are a crucial part of healthcare delivery, but often struggle to obtain
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OPIC In New Jersey: A Look At How OPIC Investments Support Multiple Businesses

September 23, 2014

OPIC hosts its final Expanding Horizons workshop of the year September 23 in Trenton, New Jersey, where small businesses will gather to learn more about the benefits of expanding into developing markets overseas. OPIC has been hosting these events around the country for several years, as part of its effort to educate small businesses about the finance and insurance tools
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Measuring and monitoring impact: How one OPIC-supported school in Ghana delivers extensive benefits to local students and the surrounding community (Part Four in a series)

February 03, 2014

In 2006, OPIC provided a $1.74 million loan to support expansion of the International Community School (ICS) in Kumasi, Ghana, allowing the school  to double enrollment to more than 1,000 K-12 students. Unlike some other international schools in Ghana that serve a largely expatriate population, ICS focuses on educating Ghanaians to prepare them to be leaders in their own communities
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Featured photo: OPIC visit to Ghana

January 17, 2014

OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield holds a press conference in Accra, Ghana following a meeting with Ghana’s Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. Littlefield traveled last month with an OPIC delegation to Ghana, Senegal and Liberia, where she toured OPIC-supported projects and met with government and business leaders to discuss development investment opportunities.

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Seeing complex projects through to completion: A conversation with Ryan Bequai, Managing Director, OPIC Portfolio Monitoring Division

November 21, 2013

What happens when a project doesn’t progress according to its business plan? OPIC thoroughly vets projects and management teams before committing financing, but the challenges of doing business in the developing world can mean that unforeseen events arise. OPIC’s consistent ability to make a positive developmental impact and earn a net profit in spite of these challenges – read more
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Featured photo: Using technology to improve farm yields

November 08, 2013

This photo, one of the winners of the recent Feed the Future photo contest, shows a farmer in northern Ghana who was able to improve yields by more than 65 percent by using a dibbler to more efficiently make holes in the ground during planting. OPIC supports Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and
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Financial inclusion for Africa’s healthcare providers

October 21, 2013

By Dia Martin, OPIC, Senior Investment Officer On a continent that carries a disproportionate share of many diseases from HIV-AIDS to high blood pressure, access to finance poses a major challenge to the small clinics that serve so many lower and middle class Africans. These clinics often struggle to access even small amounts of credit to maintain or expand their
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