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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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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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Why Africa needs more pioneering investors … and how OPIC can support them

The OPIC-supported Helios Modern Africa Growth Fund invests across 14 countries in Africa, in a diverse range of sectors, from technology to pharmaceuticals to agriculture. With more than ten percent of the world’s population and less than... Read more...

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Why institutional investors are growing more comfortable with emerging markets

“As of this year, the 10-year average emerging market private equity returns are roughly comparable with developed market PE returns,” Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, wrote in this recent piece in Financier... Read more...

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OPIC client Root Capital reaches a $100 million milestone

Congratulations to OPIC client Root Capital for reaching $100 million in active loans for the first time in its 15-year history! Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that strengthens rural livelihoods in poor,... Read more...

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Featured photo: Improving health services in Albania

Technicians at the American Hospital in Albania conduct lab tests on modern equipment not available in many of the country’s public hospitals. The healthcare sector in Albania, one of Europe’s poorest counties, has struggled in recent years... Read more...

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Business climate improves in many African countries but access to electricity remains a challenge

Workers in Rwanda head to the Sorwathe Tea Plantation and processing facility, a longstanding OPIC client that was established in 1978 and rebuilt almost two decades later with the support of OPIC political risk insurance. In recent years,... Read more...

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OPIC In New Jersey: A Look At How OPIC Investments Support Multiple Businesses

OPIC hosts its final Expanding Horizons workshop of the year September 23 in Trenton, New Jersey, where small businesses will gather to learn more about the benefits of expanding into developing markets overseas. OPIC has been hosting... Read more...

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Africa rising: Survey shows dramatic improvements for investors

Africa has risen to become the second most attractive investment destination in the world, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa attractiveness survey shows. This year’s survey, which measures foreign direct investment into the continent as... Read more...

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"My unique connection to Power Africa:" OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative, designed to help African countries responsibly develop extensive energy resources with the aid of private sector investors. OPIC committed up to $1.5 billion in financing... Read more...

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