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Featured photo: Kenyan woman giving back uses microfinance loan to open a school

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring female entrepreneurs around the world who have benefited from OPIC financing. This picture shows schoolchildren in Rongai, Kenya heading to class Pine Breeze Academy, which was started by local entrepreneur Lillian Alwi. Alwi obtained loans from KWTF, a microfinance institution supported by OPIC, and was able to open the school, which Read more…

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Supporting job creation and economic growth in Asia-Pacific: A conversation with OPIC’s Geoffrey Tan

While the vast majority of OPIC’s staff is based in Washington, the Agency has in recent years established a handful of small local offices to support business development in key regions. Geoffrey Tan, OPIC Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, relocated last year to Bangkok, where he heads outreach and business development across a long list of countries in the region. Here Read more…

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Featured photo: Malian woman supports family with restaurant business

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring women in developing countries who have been able to start or grow a small business with the support of OPIC financing. The photo shows a mother of six in Mali preparing food to sell in her small restaurant that she has built with the help of microfinance loans from PAMIGA S.A., Read more…

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How OPIC is advancing the use of renewable energy around the world

This week, Secretary Kerry will host the Secretary’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, focusing on investments targeting clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change in the developing world. Investors, corporations, philanthropies, and policymakers will convene to discuss and promote the impact that climate and clean energy investments can have in the battle against global climate change. Both the public Read more…

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Littlefield on the keys to successful impact investing: Talent and hard work

Earlier this summer the Global Impact Investing Network together with Cambridge Associates launched Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark, billed as the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of impact investing funds. The 20-page report offers some in-depth analyses of fund performance by size, sector and region and reaches three key conclusions. Market returns are attainable for impact investing funds Read more…

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Leveraging private investment for a new landscape of global development

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 Read more…

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Foreign investment into Africa surges in 2014

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 Read more…

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Elizabeth Littlefield on supporting impact investing

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 Read more…

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The hard and necessary work of investing in the world’s most vulnerable places

“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 Read more…

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