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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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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending to women in Africa

March 13, 2015

A BRAC microfinance recipient who has used loan money to support her restaurant business is joined by other women during a solidarity group meeting in Tanzania. OPIC financing has supported microfinance lending in East Africa through BRAC, a Bangladesh development organization. BRAC-Tanzania has opened more than 100 new microfinance branches serving an estimated 109,000 borrowers in Africa, 98 percent of
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A plan to empower more than 1 million women: OPIC featured in The Huffington Post

March 09, 2015

Many women in the developing world are sidelined from economic progress because of limited access to financial services like savings accounts, loans and insurance. The Huffington Post features a piece by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and Bob Annibale, Citi’s Global Director of Community Development and Microfinance, on an OPIC-Citi partnership that addresses this challenge. Through a joint program
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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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Reaching the neediest: One OPIC client explains its strategy for investing in the world’s poorest and most remote communities

February 05, 2015

As a leader in Impact Investing, OPIC helps channel capital to address some of the world’s major social and environmental challenges such as access to education, healthcare and financial services. But to get that capital to the people who need it most, OPIC works with partners like Global Partnerships, a Seattle nonprofit and a major microfinance lender to poor communities
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Featured photo: Bringing healthcare to rural Hondurans

October 24, 2014

Doña Chila became a volunteer community pharmacist serving the 2,500 residents of El Tigre Island in Honduras through a training program provided by a local partner of social investment fund Global Partnerships. Each day she counsels at least 15 customers about recommended medications and dosages. Global Partnerships is an OPIC client that provides small microfinance loans in rural communities and
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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending in sub-Saharan Africa

September 26, 2014

The credit portfolio manager of WAGES, a microfinance institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, speaks to a group of farmers in Togo who have used micro-loans to install micro-irrigation systems to improve crop productivity. OPIC, along with the Calvert Foundation, is providing financing for the launch of a new fund for microfinance institutions that are members of the Participatory Microfinance Group for
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Africa at a glance

July 28, 2014

Ahead of the historic summit of African leaders that will take place in Washington from August 4-6, take a look at some key facts about Africa that illustrate the challenges and opportunities the continent faces today, and the ways OPIC is helping Africa prepare for the future.   People: The median age in Africa today is 19 and the population
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Featured photo: Global Partnerships, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance

June 06, 2014

A farmer in Nicaragua tends to young coffee plants, which will replace and build on his aging crop. This agricultural expansion was made possible through credit offered by a subsidiary lender of Global Partnerships, an impact investor that was able to expand its lending in Latin America thanks to OPIC support. Global Partnerships’ Social Investment Fund 5.0 was a recipient
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A country in a hurry: On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, this small African country looks forward

April 09, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation I first visited Rwanda in the early 1990s when I was just beginning my career in development, and spent several months in the country advising the leadership of local microfinance institutions. In addition to being struck by Rwanda’s natural beauty — its sweeping vistas of terraced hills
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