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Leveraging private investment for a new landscape of global development

July 17, 2015

This week leaders from around the world met in Addis Ababa for the UN’s 3rd Financing for Development conference, an international gathering to discuss how financing can advance global sustainable development. OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield recently wrote two articles on how finance to catalyze private investment is a major factor in progressing towards these development goals. “Private capital
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Foreign investment into Africa surges in 2014

July 15, 2015

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 Survey shows. This investment created 188,400 new jobs in Africa, it said. This growth in FDI dollars invested came despite an overall decline in
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Elizabeth Littlefield on supporting impact investing

May 29, 2015

This interview originally ran on GIIN.org. Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), discusses the development finance institution’s innovative work to support and advance impact investing. GIIN: As the US Government’s Development Finance Institution (DFI), what do you see as OPIC’s role in impact investing? Elizabeth Littlefield: Every single one of OPIC’s staff is committed
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The hard and necessary work of investing in the world’s most vulnerable places

May 06, 2015

“As Afghanistan moves forward with its own security forces and a democratically elected unity government, business will be key to sustaining the momentum catalyzed by the massive U.S. and international efforts over the last decade,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield writes in The Huffington Post. The piece, which outlines OPIC’s work supporting development in vulnerable places from Afghanistan to
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What is the Role of Investment in Development?

May 04, 2015

This entry originally ran on DipNote, the U.S. Department of State’s Official Blog. When you hear the phrase “development finance,” what do you think of? For many people, the first thing that comes to mind might be foreign aid — also known as official development assistance (ODA). To be sure, ODA plays an important role, particularly in the least developed
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Featured photo: Investment in Ukraine ready for growth

May 01, 2015

On April 28, Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine, visited OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield in Washington D.C., to encourage private investment to boost Ukraine’s economic growth and stability. Mayor Klitschko’s message to OPIC and potential investors underscored that Kyiv, which lies several hundred miles from areas of conflict, is stable and ripe for investment – particularly in the
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Focus on Caspian Impact Investments: One of OPIC’s 2014 impact investments

April 28, 2015

In its work to foster broad development impact and economic growth, OPIC seeks to support projects that deliver inclusive benefits such as basic financial services to populations that have traditionally been unable to obtain loans to save, buy a home or fund a business venture. Over the last two decades India has developed into one of the largest economies in
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The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development: OPIC featured in Huffington Post

February 27, 2015

The Huffington Post featured a piece by OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield on the transformation of global development in recent years. In the piece Littlefield highlights how aid and investment in emerging markets has changed dramatically. Decades ago, private capital was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the
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OPIC client Root Capital reaches a $100 million milestone

February 09, 2015

Congratulations to OPIC client Root Capital for reaching $100 million in active loans for the first time in its 15-year history! Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that strengthens rural livelihoods in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. Root Capital provides a reliable source of financing for clients, enabling them to make investments in agricultural
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