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Year in review: The top five OPIC blog posts of 2013

2013 was another banner year for OPIC, which made a record level of commitments in support of U.S. businesses investing in developing countries.  The OPIC blog highlighted many of our key projects and initiatives.

Below are our five most popular blog posts from 2013:

President Obama making a speech1. OPIC to play key role in President Obama’s Power Africa initiative

July 02, 2013

OPIC, which has a long history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, will now play a key role in a new U.S. initiative to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region has in recent years seen strong economic growth and an expanding consumer class, but limited power remains a major problem, with more than two-thirds of the population lacking regular access to electricity.




A nurse weighing a baby 2. Improving health care in Africa, one clinic at a time

April 04, 2013

In Sub-Saharan Africa, access to healthcare is limited, the quality of care is often poor, and the need is great. The continent carries a disproportionate share of the global burden of many diseases from HIV/AIDS to high blood pressure, and this disease load is exacerbated by widespread poverty, food insecurity and poor sanitation.




 Construction workers building in Haiti 3. Rebuilding Haiti one concrete block at a time

April 25, 2013

You can’t build a country without concrete.

The statement has particular relevance in Haiti, where, more than three years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake resulted in extensive death and destruction, the country is still working to repair and rebuild and assume a path of sustained economic vitality.




housing 4. Why the world’s poor are a good credit risk

May 28, 2013

Does it make business sense to invest in the world’s poorest people? A panel discussion at theSociety for International Development focused on why private sector investments in some of the poorest and least developed parts of the world offer such promise for a strong return on investment.




Littlefield at the ONE Campaign event 5. Powering Africa: A massive challenge and a major investment opportunity

July 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant economic progress in recent years with growth rates in many countries that are among the highest in the world, and large numbers of once poor people joining the middle class.

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