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Featured photo: OPIC meets with community groups near Kenya’s Lake Turkana

September 12, 2014

OPIC’s Office of Investment Policy recently met with community groups at Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya as part of a due diligence review of the Lake Turkana wind power project. During the summer, OPIC’s board approved a $250 million financing commitment to support construction of the 310-megawatt Lake Turkana wind power plant, which will boost Kenya’s installed energy capacity by
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One Big Continent, One Big Summit, Three Big Lessons

September 10, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO This blog post originally appeared on the U.S. State Department’s DipNote blog Just last month, President Obama hosted a spectacular and historic summit in Washington of more than 40 heads of state from Sub-Saharan Africa. Never before had there been such an ambitious American outreach to this enormous continent, a fact all the more
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Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge

September 09, 2014

President Obama’s Power Africa initiative harnesses the power of private sector investment to help the more than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to energy. It’s a staggering number, but also one that does not fully capture the extent of energy poverty on the continent, or the challenge of delivering power to many of the more rural
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Hillary Clinton recognizes OPIC’s role in addressing energy poverty and highlighting opportunities for American businesses

September 05, 2014

Hillary Clinton told the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on September 4 that OPIC was playing a critical role in bringing more energy to the developing world. “I’m delighted that (OPIC President and CEO) Elizabeth Littlefield is here,” said Clinton. “OPIC is major player in trying to deal with the issue of energy poverty.” Clinton also noted that
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Impact Investing: More than a buzzword

September 04, 2014

This interview with OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield was featured on the Inter-American Development Bank’s Partnerships for Development blog. With all the buzz surrounding impact investing, perhaps it is best to go back to the basics and define what can be a powerful mechanism for sustainable development. What is the definition of impact investing?  And how can we further
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U.S. Department of Commerce highlights historic U.S.-Africa Business Forum and the significant gains for Africa-U.S. business ties

September 03, 2014

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and new OPIC board member Stefan M. Selig recently wrote a guest post for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s blog that highlights the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, which convened American and African business leaders with the heads of nearly 50 African nations. The purpose of the event was to foster the exchange of
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Global Partnerships features OPIC’s perspective on impact investing

August 21, 2014

“Investing with impact was a core mission of OPIC long before the term impact investing was in vogue,” OPIC Managing Director Loren Rodwin wrote in this recent post for Global Partnerships series, Perspectives on Impact Investing. Rodwin outlines four key themes that have informed OPIC’s approach to impact investing and highlights the importance of forming partnerships to ensure that investment
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The world needs more power

August 19, 2014

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a United Nations (U.N.) commemoration to “celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.” This year, the UN’s theme is “The World Needs More…” As anyone who works in global development knows, there are many ways to answer that sentence. This year, OPIC highlights the world’s need for more power. Not only does
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Featured photo: Underscoring the opportunity of private investment in Africa

August 15, 2014

Elizabeth Littlefield (center), President and CEO of OPIC, signs a memorandum of understanding with Thomas McCaffery (left), Wells Fargo’s Executive Vice President, and Mohamed El Kettani (right), Chairman and CEO of Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank, at OPIC’s Washington headquarters on August 4. The memorandum, signed on the margins of the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, aligned OPIC, Wells Fargo and Attijariwafa’s efforts
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Highlights from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

August 13, 2014

“What some say is a problem is actually a massive investment opportunity,” Nigeria’s Minister of Power Chinedu Nebo stressed at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit last week, discussing the widespread lack of energy access across the continent. His words echoed those of OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield who previewed the historic summit in the Baltimore Sun, writing that while “casual
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