The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, uses private capital to tackle some of the world’s biggest development challenges – and in the process, advance U.S. foreign policy. Dia Martin, Director on the Social Enterprise … Continue reading OPIC: Advancing U.S. Foreign Policy with Private Capital
It is well known that financial turbulence in advanced economies spills over to emerging markets. What is less known, but increasingly significant, is that spillovers also travel in the opposite direction. The most recent edition of the IMF’s Global Financial … Continue reading It’s a Two-Way Street: Emerging Markets & Financial Spillovers
Palm wine has a long and illustrious history as the moonshine of West Africa. For years, farmers have tapped the sap from palm trees and let it ferment in any kind of container – from a gourd shell to a … Continue reading Can an American Entrepreneur Bottle and Export Benin’s Voodoo Spirit?
“Baltimore is more dangerous than Baghdad when you look at chances of being killed by another person,” said a principal at an Iraq-dedicated hedge fund with about $85 million invested in Iraq. Despite the obvious risks like security and ISIS, … Continue reading Baghdad or Baltimore: Which is More Dangerous?
When you are doing due diligence in frontier markets you have to embed yourself in the local market and be ready to stray from set plans to do your own on-the-ground research – from chatting with consumers in an agricultural … Continue reading Due Diligence Hacks for Frontier Markets
Over the past decade, the mobile technology industry in West Africa has exploded. Nigeria continues to dominate headlines and lead the way among regional mobile markets – this week, Lagos hosted the sixth annual Mobile West Africa conference (20-21st April). But … Continue reading Ghana: A New Frontier for Mobile Tech in West Africa
Gavin Serkin is the Managing Editor of Frontier Funds and the Frontera News service, and leads a radio show dedicated to emerging and frontier markets. He covered developing economies as the Emerging Markets Editor-at-Large at Bloomberg News for over 16 … Continue reading Q&A with Gavin Serkin, Frontier Markets Guru