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“Energy prosperity can replace energy poverty:” NPR highlights Power Africa and OPIC’s latest commitment

August 06, 2014

National Public Radio featured the African Leaders Summit and President Obama’s Power Africa initiative this week in a story that highlighted OPIC’s latest Power Africa project, its $50 million commitment to the 450-megawatt Azura-Edo natural gas power plant in Nigeria. Power Africa aims to double the number of people in Africa who have access to power and this week’s summit
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Committing to continued investment in Africa

August 05, 2014

OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield signs a memorandum of understanding on August 4 with Mohamed El Kettani (right), Chairman and CEO of Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank; and Thomas McCaffery (left), Wells Fargo executive vice president, expressing their interest in deepening cooperation to expand lending to small and medium enterprises in Morocco and other African countries. The MOU was one of multiple signed
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Beyond BRIC: The next economic giants

January 15, 2014

  It’s been 13 years since economist Jim O’Neill coined the term BRIC to refer to the four developing countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) enjoying strong economic growth and promise rivaling or surpassing that seen in the developed world. Since then, many countries beyond the BRIC four have also started enjoying accelerated growth and economic promise in the developing
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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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OPIC recognizes International Youth Day 2013

August 12, 2013

Today is International Youth Day, a day created by the United Nations in 1999 to mark the important contribution youth make to the world. This year, International Youth Day focuses on youth migration and the rewards and risks associated with it. According to a 2012 report by the UN Capital Development Fund, 85 percent of youth currently live in developing
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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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Featured photo: Recycled paper manufacturing plant in Lagos, Nigeria

July 06, 2012

A Bel Papyrus Ltd. paper manufacturing plant in Lagos, Nigeria, one of the few plants in the country where paper is recycled. OPIC is providing financing in a deal to expand a new production line that will double the plant’s capacity and significantly expand its ability to produce paper from recycled materials. Used paper is sorted, shredded and baled before
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Extending the reach of microfinance

June 11, 2012

OPIC’s 2011 annual report takes a look back at the agency’s first 40 years and highlights some lending programs from the 1970s that delivered loans – sometimes in amounts less than $1,000 – to individuals and small businesses in developing countries. Decades before microfinance became widely recognized as an effective tool for supplying small loans to individuals and small businesses, OPIC was
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Q & A with Jay Koh, OPIC’s Head of Investment Funds and Chief Investment Strategist

May 14, 2012

We sat down recently with the very busy Jay Koh, OPIC’s Head of Investment Funds and Chief Investment Strategist, to hear more about how investment funds support critical development challenges. Jay is preparing to be a featured speaker this month at the IFC and Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s 14thAnnual Global Private Equity Conference. He also just wrapped up OPIC’s most recent
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