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Emerging market private equity: Why the angel is in the details

When OPIC hosted some clients this spring for a discussion about private equity, we conducted a highly informal survey about the climate for fundraising today and the outlook for tomorrow. The results were realistic but sobering. On a scale of... Read more...

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Investing in better harvests

Workers at the FAIM company in Rwanda begin planting new, virus-free banana plant seedlings. These seedling will help farmers boost their farm production, their incomes, and the local food supply. In Rwanda, deficient seed and plant stocks... Read more...

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International Youth Day 2012

Sunday, August 12 is International Youth Day, an annual observance supported by the United Nations (UN) calling attention to youth issues worldwide. In both developing and developed countries, young people face pressing global challenges, such... Read more...

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Elizabeth Littlefield Speaks at U.S.-South Africa Business Partnership Summit

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield at U.S.-South Africa Business Partnership Summit.   OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield at U.S.-South Africa Business Partnership Summit with The Honorable Robert Hormats,... Read more...

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Kifaru Youth Group

Members of the Kifaru Youth Group, a microfinance loan group based in the Nairobi suburb of Kawangware, meets in June to update their finances. The group is supported with microloans from Equity Bank’s Kawangware branch, which opened in 2007 and... Read more...

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In India, living off the grid has its benefits

As large swaths of India were in the dark this week after a massive power outage hit half the population, some of the country’s more remote communities had light. Husk's mini power-plants serve remote villages that... Read more...

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Monthly news wrap-up: July 2012

This month, Ernst & Young released a new report, Rapid-Growth Markets Forecast Summer edition 2012, which explores how soaring domestic demand in many developing markets “is poised to change the rules of the world economy.” By 2020... Read more...

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Sharing OPIC’s story: A conversation with Judith Pryor, Vice President of Office of External Affairs

Pryor traveling in the Middle East in 2011 In your experience, what is it that people find most interesting about OPIC’s work and what do they find most surprising? It varies by audience, of course, but in general OPIC’s project... Read more...

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"The most promising frontier market in the world today"

  OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield told Congress on Wednesday July 25 that Africa presented extensive investment and development opportunities but that U.S. businesses remain underrepresented on the continent. During the... Read more...

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Featured photo: Helping more farmers grow more food

  The head agronomist at the Forestry Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM) farm in Rwamagana, Rwanda. FAIM is  applying its plant propagation technology to improve crop yields, and obtained a loan from OPIC in 2012 to support... Read more...

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