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An agency punching above its weight

December 12, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield confers with Judith Pryor, OPIC’s Vice President of External Affairs prior to a Dec. 11 hearing with the Senate’s Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield underscored the efficiency and effectiveness of OPIC’s global investment initiatives to the subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, part of the Senate’s Committee
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U.N. marks Human Rights Day with focus on Vienna Declaration

December 10, 2013

Since 1950, the United Nations has recognized December 10 as Human Rights Day. This year the U.N. is marking the day with the theme “20 Years Working for Your Rights,” in recognition of the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. This mandate marked the beginning of a renewed effort of the protection and promotion of human rights. It is
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OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partner for event on microfinance

November 26, 2013

OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partnered together for a public outreach event this week highlighting challenges and opportunities in development related to Habitat for Humanity’s annual Shelter Report. The report, Step by Step: Supporting Incremental Building Through Housing Microfinance, focuses on microfinance in the developing world. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou and Habitat for Humanity Executive Vice President Mike
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OPIC’s impact in California: Jobs, exports and expanded opportunities for small businesses

November 19, 2013

Investing abroad pays dividends at home. On Wednesday November 13, OPIC hosted its latest Expanding Horizons workshop in San Jose, California, where more than 170 businesses heard about the finance and insurance tools that OPIC provides to support American companies seeking to expand their operations overseas. Because many of the world’s fastest-growing markets are in developing countries, expanding abroad can
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On World Food Day, U.N. highlights “the world’s greatest solvable problem”

October 16, 2013

Despite significant progress in recent decades, an estimated 842 million people, or about one in eight of the people in the world, still suffer from chronic hunger. Since 1979, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recognized World Food Day each year on Oct. 16 to draw attention to what it calls the world’s greatest solvable
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World Humanitarian Day: The world needs more impact investing

August 19, 2013

In 2003, the United Nations created World Humanitarian Day to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year, the United Nations has created a new campaign called “The World Needs More” to literally turn words into aid. By sharing words like #development, #aid and #education on Twitter, users can join in providing much needed
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OPIC recognizes International Youth Day 2013

August 12, 2013

Today is International Youth Day, a day created by the United Nations in 1999 to mark the important contribution youth make to the world. This year, International Youth Day focuses on youth migration and the rewards and risks associated with it. According to a 2012 report by the UN Capital Development Fund, 85 percent of youth currently live in developing
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Powering Africa: A massive challenge and a major investment opportunity

July 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant economic progress in recent years with growth rates in many countries that are among the highest in the world, and large numbers of once poor people joining the middle class. But this recent progress sits against a backdrop of major ongoing developmental challenges, many of them related to access to electricity. Because it is essential
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OPIC Seminar Takes on Small Businesses in Salt Lake City

July 11, 2013

World Trade Center Utah Executive Vice President & COO Elizabeth Goryunova joins Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Director of Public Affairs Dr. Larry Spinelli at an Expanding Horizons seminar for Utah’s small businesses. OPIC’s Expanding Horizons seminar met up with small business owners in Salt Lake City on July 10 to help educate them on how to take advantage of
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OPIC partners with Millennium Challenge Corporation for Twitter chat on power investing in Africa

July 01, 2013

Access to electricity is a fundamental component of growth and development for any country or region. Africa, home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, has enormous power potential, but many of its residents still have little or no access to electricity. On June 30th, President Obama announced Power Africa, an initiative that will double access
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