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Expanding access to clean water through private sector investment

March 22 is World Water Day, an event that highlights the severe shortage of clean drinking water, and identifies the most promising solutions to address this global crisis. OPIC has partnered with American businesses on a number of water projects... Read more...

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More than four decades of supporting American businesses in emerging markets: A look at OPIC’s history

  In 1971, President Richard Nixon established OPIC as an agency of the U.S. Government. Unlike traditional aid models based on providing grants, OPIC’s model was based on private sector investment: OPIC disbursed political risk... Read more...

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Six reasons why your small business should explore emerging markets

American innovation in the global economy: Envirofit International is a Fort Collins, Colorado startup that develops efficient cookstoves for people living in remote parts of the world. It is one of many American small businesses that have used... Read more...

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Focus on OPIC’s American business partners: How a Michigan business is helping African farmers improve yields

On International Women’s Day, we feature Dawn Hines, who co-founded Aventura Investment Partners, an OPIC partner that provides Africa’s smallholder farmers, many of them women, with equipment and other value chain services to help them improve... Read more...

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How access to finance supports economic stability in Iraq

​​​​​​​OPIC has in recent years increasingly focused its investments in regions affected by conflict. By supporting economic development in these regions, OPIC supports national security and foreign policy priorities, and today about one-third of... Read more...

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Featured photo: Supporting American manufacturers in the global economy

(Photo by David Bohrer, National Association of Manufacturers) ​​​​​​​   ​​​​​​​A worker at Ellicott Dredges’ Maryland manufacturing facility assembles the dredging equipment used around the world to help control flooding and make... Read more...

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A look at OPIC’s extensive work with American small business

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting American small businesses in the global economy OPIC will continue its popular Expanding Horizons small business workshop series in 2017, with workshops and seminars planned for Portland, Oregon; New... Read more...

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OPIC partners pay back: International Community School in Kumasi, Ghana

Latest in an ongoing series looking at some of the OPIC partners who have repaid their loans in full. Read more about some of our other partners who have repaid their loans here.   The International Community School (ICS) in Kumasi,... Read more...

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Supporting American businesses in the global economy: AES Corp.

  Jordan’s 400 MW combined-cycle, gas-fired Amman East Power Plant, built with the support of OPIC financing to AES Corp. of Arlington, Virginia, significantly expanded access to electricity to help the country meet growing demand. In... Read more...

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Featured photo: Building critical infrastructure in Jordan

  Jordan’s Amman East Power Plant, built with the support of OPIC financing to AES Corp. of Arlington Virginia in 2007, significantly expanded access to electricity to help the country meet growing demand. The 400 MW combined-cycle, gas-... Read more...

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