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Supporting emerging markets with innovative fund structures: OPIC’s Brooks Preston in PEHub

Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, writes about OPIC’s Innovative Financial Intermediary Program (IFIP) in this piece in PEHub, explaining how innovative fund structures can support development. “In recent years, we started noticing a pattern,” Preston writes. “When we issued calls for proposals, some of the applying funds that showed strong promise for having a positive social impact 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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Electricity supply unreliable even for many grid-connected Africans

A new survey of electricity access across Africa shows the regions where energy poverty is most severe and also highlights the fact that many households that are grid-connected still lack consistent access to power. The survey from the African research group AfroBarometer says that in Africa, grid access is lowest in Burundi, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, but that even Read more…

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Featured Photo: Empowering female farmers

A worker in Ghana prepares shea nuts for sale at a farm supported by OPIC partner Root Capital. Root is a Cambridge, Mass. nonprofit social investment fund that provides loans to rural farms in Latin America and Africa who cannot access traditional bank loans, and also provides additional education and training to help these farmers improve productivity and bring their Read more…

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OPIC’s Pryor on DipNote blog: Investing in women benefits everyone

“I am heartened to see that world leaders are increasingly united in working to empower women,” OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor wrote on the State Department’s DipNote blog on International Women’s Day March 8. Pryor noted that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year called out the need for gender equality in a list of persistent development challenges including Read more…

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OPIC’s Littlefield writes in The Huffington Post on the progress and promise of the world’s women

Some of today’s most promising stories of women’s progress come from poor countries in the developing world, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote this week in The Huffington Post. The piece, published on International Women’s Day, highlights the progress of women in places like Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, while also noting that women in many of these places Read more…

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Infographic: Supporting women through expanded access to healthcare, finance, clean air and more

International Women’s day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. Here’s a snapshot of some of the ways OPIC-supported projects are helping the world’s women.

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Slideshow: How OPIC invests in women

By investing in development, OPIC invests in women. As the world marks International Women’s Day, these images show some of the women who have benefited from our work. Helping farmers in Africa earn more income. OPIC supports multiple projects, such as the One Acre Fund, that provide financing and training to smallholder farmers so they can grow more food and Read more…

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Featured Photo: Supporting small business in India with microloans

Entrepreneur Neelam Devi, pictured with her husband, holds a sheet of silkscreened tags created in her small screen-printing business in Patna, India. Once only contracted with clients in their small neighborhood, now has contracts more than 100 miles away. With a microfinance loan from OPIC partner client Ujjivan, the Devis have expanded their business and have been able to earn Read more…

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