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On Earth Day, some highlights of sustainable development around the world

This week, we’ve focused on the projects we are supporting to advance sustainable development around the world, and the progress that is being made in making the most of the world’s resources. Some highlights: OPIC supports sustainable development in projects from Brazil to Rwanda. This slideshow of some key OPIC projects shows how we have supported small farmers producing açaí Read more…

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OPIC partners pay back: The Eye Fund

(Part 3 in an ongoing series) In 2010, OPIC committed a $5 million loan to the Eye Fund I, a socially-focused nonprofit investment fund committed to reducing blindness around the world by providing financing for the hospitals and clinics that serve the poor. World Health Organization data shows that more than 90 percent of the world’s blind live in the Read more…

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Why internet access is key to development

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield joined Secretary of State John Kerry, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and other leaders from around the world on Thursday as the State Department convened the Global Connect initiative to expand Internet access around the world. “The internet is essential to economy prosperity in the 21st century,” Kerry said. The internet is not a Read more…

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Littlefield on CNBC Asia: We’d like to invest more in the region

Littlefield on CNBC Asia: We’d like to invest more in the region During her recent visit to Indonesia and Singapore, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield appeared on CNBC Asia, where she said OPIC aims to double its portfolio in the ASEAN countries of Southeast Asia over the next 36 months. Watch the full length interview here: While OPIC has Read more…

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SLIDESHOW: OPIC visits Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire

Last month, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield led a delegation of American business leaders and CEOs on an investor tour of West Africa which included meetings with local governments, visits to OPIC-supported projects, and the opening of OPIC’s new office in Abidjan.     Africa: The next clean energy powerhouse. At the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, OPIC Read more…

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Featured Photo: Elizabeth Littlefield meets with Ivorian President Ouattara

OPIC’s president and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield met with the Côte d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara, on March 22nd to discuss growth and investment opportunities. Littlefield was in the country for the opening of OPIC’s regional office for West Africa, located in Abidjan, where she also attend the Africa CEO Forum. To recognize the office’s opening, Littlefield, along with a team from Read more…

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Elizabeth Littlefield meets to discuss the future of investment in Ukraine

Last week OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield met with Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly to discuss private sector investment in Ukraine. Together, Ms. Littlefield and Ambassador Chaly reviewed OPIC’s current project portfolio in Ukraine of $174 million and explored ways to attract new investments to further boost the country’s economic growth. Since the 1990’s, OPIC has Read more…

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Desalination, irrigation, sanitation and more: How OPIC supports access to clean water in the developing world

Clean water is essential to life and also to addressing many of the world’s biggest development challenges from poverty to malnutrition. World leaders formally recognized the importance of water to development last year when they included access to water and sanitation for all as one of 17 goals that comprised the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. OPIC has long supported Read more…

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Featured photo: Recognizing the women of OPIC’s senior leadership

As we celebrate National Women’s History Month, we would like to recognize the remarkable female leaders here at OPIC. This year’s theme is Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. From left: Margaret Kuhlow, Vice President, Office of Investment Policy; Kimberly Heimert, Vice President and General Counsel; Tracey Webb, Vice President, Structured Finance and Read more…

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OPIC’s Dia Martin speaks at conference for African entrepreneurs

Dia Martin, Director of OPIC Social Enterprise Finance, spoke at a panel, Building the Glocal Ecosystem: Bridging the Divide, at the Sankalp Africa Summit February 26th in Nairobi. Sankalp is a gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, donors and investors, and Martin spoke at the event about OPIC’s commitment to impact investing in Africa, and the Portfolio for Impact program focused on Read more…

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