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How OPIC-supported projects improve lives by creating jobs

This maize farmer was able to significantly increase her yields with the support of financing and training from the One Acre Fund.   At a time when about half the world’s population lives on the equivalent of $2 a day, creating... Read more...

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OPIC achieves major milestone, surpassing its initial Power Africa commitment

Two years ago President Obama launched one of the most ambitious development initiatives of his Presidency and enlisted the support of OPIC in Power Africa, designed to bring more electricity to the hundreds of millions of people in Sub-... Read more...

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Foreign investment into Africa surges in 2014

Although foreign direct investment took a hit worldwide in the past year, Africa continued to generate strong interest, with a 136 percent increase in capital invested over the previous year, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa Attractiveness... Read more...

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Throwback Thursday: A look at the 2014 inaugural OPIC Impact Award winners

  As we wrap up the 2015 OPIC Impact Awards recognizing the work of seven clients who demonstrated excellence in development, we wanted to look back at last year’s inaugural awards, the first time we hosted an event to formally... Read more...

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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Root Capital

In recent years as OPIC has increased its focus on renewable resources, it has supported investments not just in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, but also in clean water, forest preservation and sustainable agriculture, which are... Read more...

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Four data points showing five years of progress at OPIC

  OPIC’s 2014 annual report … in addition to highlighting full year results … offers some data on the Agency’s progress over the past five years. These include: Steady growth in OPIC’s total portfolio:    ... Read more...

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The challenge of building affordable housing in developing countries … and how DFIs can help

By Debra Erb Managing Director, OPIC Housing Programs (This blog is adapted from a speech Debra Erb delivered in November 2014 at the general meeting of the African Union for Housing Finance.) One of the fundamental steps to advancing... Read more...

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Water for agriculture: How one innovative project is helping African farmers grow more food

Well in Solenzo region, Burkina Faso   March 22 is World Water Day, an occasion to remember how water is fundamental to life and fundamental to global development. In many parts of Africa, poor farmers operate with little... Read more...

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Why global development is a women’s issue

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation The developing world faces a multitude of challenges from poverty to food insecurity to insufficient electricity, all which limit the lives of millions of men and women. But... Read more...

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Featured photo: Logistics startup employs hundreds in Tanzania

  A truck driver and operations manager are just two of the 248 full-time workers employed in by Alistair James Co., which built a logistics and trucking company with the support of OPIC financing. In a region where limited rail lines... Read more...

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