The OPIC Blog

Timeline: A look back at OPIC’s swift response to the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East

January marks the first anniversary of the protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, which set off broader uprisings that spread throughout the country and much of the Arab World. In the year since then, the Egyptian government has toppled, many of the... Read more...

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Expanding small business lending in Afghanistan

OPIC and Afghan Growth Finance (AGF) have agreed to expand an existing partnership and this week signed an agreement to co-finance up to $11.5 million in loans to small businesses in Afghanistan. The new facility will provide small and... Read more...

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Video: The federal budget and foreign aid

How much does the U.S. spend on foreign aid? As political psychologist, Dr. Steven Kull noted during a recent visit to OPIC, a lot less than most Americans think: When they understand that just one percent of      ... Read more...

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Project Snapshot: Bringing drinking water to the desert

Country Algeria  Sector Infrastructure Challenge: Severe water shortages in the city of Algiers Solution: $200 million in OPIC financing for the construction of a reverse-osmosis water desalination facility to deliver... Read more...

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Elizabeth Littlefield on OPIC's year-end results and impact

Can we advance U.S. development and foreign policy and make money for the budget at the same time? Yes. And we do.  Private investors such as entrepreneurs and members of diasporas are ready to invest in projects that build sustainable... Read more...

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Expanding a successful program for small businesses

In 2012, OPIC will expand its popular Expanding Horizons event for small businesses, hosting seminars and workshops in multiple cities around the U.S. to help educate small businesses about the benefits of entering emerging markets abroad, and... Read more...

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Liberia: The next six years and beyond

OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou on Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf When Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf first became President of a war-torn Liberia in 2006, she helped usher in a period of reconciliation and rebuilding, as she worked to... Read more...

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