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An innovative approach to reducing blindness in Cameroon: OPIC featured in AllAfrica

Cataract surgery being performed in Cameroon   October 12 is World Sight Day a day of awareness of blindness and vision impairment around the world. Like so many health challenges, blindness impacts the people of Africa... Read more...

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OPIC's Global Energy Program marks its tenth year bringing electricity to underserved populations around the world

​​​​​​​This year marks the 10th anniversary of OPIC’s Global Energy Program, established in 2007 to support projects to expand access to electricity, one of the world’s major development challenges. Over the past decade, the program has committed... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Extending the growing season in Kenya

(Photo Credit: Hailey Tucker/One Acre Fund)   In Western Kenya, these smallholder farmers work with OPIC partner One Acre Fund, to plant their crop earlier in the season to increase their yields. Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa,... Read more...

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Delegation visits OPIC project in Togo during AGOA Forum

OPIC Director for Business Development Peter Ballinger (pictured second from the right), based out of Johannesburg, joined the delegation's visit.   In Togo, a delegation led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer visits... Read more...

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How OPIC helped an American business bring electricity to one of Africa’s poorest countries

Next month, the United States and Togo will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, an annual gathering that this year will focus on the U.S. and Africa partnering for prosperity. The setting of this year’s forum, in one of Africa’... Read more...

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Study suggests China on track to become Africa's largest source of FDI

Africa’s fast growing economies offer a great opportunity for investors, such as Little Rock, Arkansas-based Westrock Coffee Holdings, which uses OPIC support to modernize Rwanda’s coffee industry.   China has jumped from being a... Read more...

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Helping businesses help the world’s farmers

In Senegal, OPIC financing is helping farmers lease equipment like tractors and cold storage facilities so to help them grow, store and sell more food, like these mangoes pictured.   Many of the world’s farmers are unable to... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Providing clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of families in Algiers

In Algeria, where the Sahara meets the Mediterranean, sea water is abundant but drinking water is scarce. The Hamma Water Desalination plant uses reverse osmosis technology to transform sea water, a resource that is abundant but unusable in its... Read more...

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OPIC partner Lumos recognized in “transformational business” awards

Lumos home solar systems are portable and easy to install.   Nova Lumos, an OPIC partner that is introducing home solar systems in Nigeria, was recognized with a special commendation in Financial Times/International Financial... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Liberian President visits OPIC

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on June 1st visited OPIC, where she spoke about the country’s recovery from the Ebola crisis and its longstanding development goals and progress. Sirleaf, pictured here with OPIC President and CEO... Read more...

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