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Highlights from the Field: ACEF supports African renewable energy projects for enduring development

August 12, 2014

By Sarah Carta, OPIC U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Program Manager OPIC’s U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (ACEF) team recently traveled to Africa to seek out thriving clean energy technology resulting from ACEF support – from off-grid solar power in Tanzania to smart meters in Ethiopia to grid-connected solar in Rwanda. Energy is a crucial piece of the development puzzle, and access
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Shining a light on Africa’s future

February 21, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation There is a popular satellite photo of the earth at nighttime that really captures the severity of Africa’s power shortages. While much of the rest of the world shines brightly, the African continent sits mostly in darkness. It is easy to look at that image and conclude
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Measuring and monitoring impact: Five ways development impacts lives (Part Three in a series)

November 06, 2013

This post is the third in a series on OPIC’s work measuring and monitoring the developmental impact of the projects it supports. To view the previous posts click here and here. Some benefits of an investment in a developing country are obvious. A new power plant, for example, provides a reliable source of electricity to people who may have been
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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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Identifying good impact investments and measuring impact: A conversation with Ambassador John Simon, Founding Partner of Total Impact Advisors

April 10, 2013

This blog recently looked at the Medical Credit Fund, an OPIC loan recipient that is providing financing to many of the small, private healthcare clinics in Sub-Saharan Africa that serve low-income populations throughout the continent, but often cannot obtain even small loans from traditional banks to buy equipment or upgrade their facilities. OPIC’s deal to provide financing to the Medical
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Featured photo: Transportation expansion in Tanzania

December 14, 2012

OPIC Chief of Staff John Morton meets with workers from the Alistair James Company Limited – a regional logistics business based outside of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. With OPIC support, the company owners – originally from Maryland – have nearly doubled their fleet of trucks and are now employing approximately 100 workers. The company is looking to eventually expand its transportation services
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Featured photo: Hotel construction in Tanzania

November 02, 2012

Workers at the construction site of a new hotel on the Tanzanian coastline outside Dar es Salaam. A team from OPIC recently visited Tanzania to explore potential projects, including one in the tourism sector, which is a steadily growing component of the Tanzanian economy. OPIC’s interest in Tanzania reflects a larger focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to many
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Expanding access to banking and credit in Sub-Saharan Africa

October 23, 2012

Financial inclusion – the access to basic financial services like savings accounts and credit – can be essential to individuals trying to lift themselves out of poverty. Financial inclusion provides an opportunity to invest in a business, a home or an education. Rates of financial inclusion are low throughout much of the developing world, but particularly low in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Investing in better harvests

August 13, 2012

Workers at the FAIM company in Rwanda begin planting new, virus-free banana plant seedlings. These seedling will help farmers boost their farm production, their incomes, and the local food supply. In Rwanda, deficient seed and plant stocks hinder food production and impair the health and nutrition of communities that depend on local food. For example, the use of diseased plants
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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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