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Partner spotlight: How an OPIC-supported private equity fund helped bring quality coffee and quality jobs to Kenya

Quality Kenyan coffee is sold around the world, but it hasn’t always been easy to find right there in the country. When California native Kevin Ashley came to Kenya as a relief worker in 1993, he had a hard time finding a decent cup of coffee. “I... Read more...

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White House National Security Council features OPIC delegation on progress in post-Ebola nations

“We wanted to bring international private investors to explore opportunities in priority sectors such as infrastructure, power, health care and education.  And, we wanted to send a positive signal to the rest of the world that, once again,... Read more...

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Guest post: How the Jordan Loan Guaranty Facility is helping small businesses in Jordan access the finance they need to grow

By Adnan Afaneh, Head of Credit, Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility One of the key ways that OPIC supports development around the world is by working to expand access to financial services. This guest post looks at one OPIC-supported project that... Read more...

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Video highlights from the 2016 OPIC Impact Awards

On July 7, OPIC hosted the 2016 Impact Awards, recognizing seven partners that have shown excellence in development. The awards recognized work in a range of sectors and regions from agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, to renewable energy in the... Read more...

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Creating jobs in the developing world

“At a time when about half the world’s population lives on the equivalent of $2 a day, the critical role that jobs play in advancing development cannot be overstated,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield explains in this piece in... Read more...

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New case study by Convergence highlights OPIC-supported blended fund targeting SMEs across 20 countries

By Chris Clubb, Managing Director of New Products and Knowledge, Convergence In the world of development finance, we often hear the same question: how can public funders use their capital more catalytically to attract private capital in order to... Read more...

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winner: Westrock Coffee

Insufficient access to credit and an inability to connect with international markets are two barriers that commonly trap farmers in poverty in the developing world. Today, millions of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa live at or near the... Read more...

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The Salone Reporter features Elizabeth L. Littlefield on Sierra Leone’s private sector led development

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield meets with government ministers in Sierra Leone to discuss investment opportunities and priorities.   “Sierra Leone has inspired the world with its courage and resilience these past few... Read more...

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Focus on OPIC Impact Award winners: Sambazon

During the 2016 OPIC Impact Awards for excellence in development, OPIC presented the President’s Award to Sambazon, Inc., for a project that has excelled in multiple areas from innovative thinking to support for American small business to... Read more...

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OPIC’s Summer Snapshot series highlights the work we support around the world

Today OPIC launches Summer Snapshots, a month-long photo series highlighting the work we are supporting around the world to improve access to food, housing, healthcare and energy and address other development challenges. As an Agency that supports... Read more...

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