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Featured photo: OPIC President & CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield rings the New York Stock Exchange closing bell

April 25, 2014

On Monday, April 21, OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield, along with representatives and guests from the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Task Force (NAB), rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to raise awareness about the role of public and private innovation and entrepreneurship in solving our greatest social challenges. Littlefield is
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#SheBuilds: Investing in women is an investment in global development

April 11, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation On April 10, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Devex and Vital Voices held the #SheBuilds Twitter chat, aimed at engaging development practitioners, stakeholders and the public on the many reasons why gender integration and investing in women and girls is absolutely crucial to development. As Vital Voices pointed
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Featured photo: Rwanda 20 years later

April 11, 2014

In February, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield visited Rwanda’s Genocide Memorial while leading a delegation to meet with investors and government leaders. In this recent blog post, Littlefield described the country today and OPIC’s efforts to support private sector investment there.

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A country in a hurry: On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, this small African country looks forward

April 09, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation I first visited Rwanda in the early 1990s when I was just beginning my career in development, and spent several months in the country advising the leadership of local microfinance institutions. In addition to being struck by Rwanda’s natural beauty — its sweeping vistas of terraced hills
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Featured photo: OPIC’s Alemayehou testifies at Senate Hearing on Power Africa’s progress

March 28, 2014

Judith Pryor, Vice President of OPIC’s Office of External Affairs, left, and Mimi Alemayehou, OPIC’s Executive Vice President, share a laugh before Alemayehou’s March 27 testimony on the progress of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative. Alemayehou testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and outlined how private-sector investment could help achieve the President’s goal of doubling the number of
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“My unique connection to Power Africa:” OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

March 27, 2014

In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative, designed to help African countries responsibly develop extensive energy resources with the aid of private sector investors. OPIC committed up to $1.5 billion in financing to support this endeavor, in keeping with the agency’s longstanding history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou,
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OPIC seeks to support American investors in Malawi

March 24, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation President Obama asked me a year ago to travel to Malawi to explore opportunities to support private sector investment in this country that is brimming with resources and promise but has not yet captured the level of investor interest that some neighboring countries … from Rwanda to Tanzania … are now enjoying. Having recently
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Big visions, greater rewards – a look at the OPIC Impact Awards

March 14, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation It’s hard to believe that the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards ceremony, which was held Tuesday, March 11, has already come and gone. I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase all that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation embodies than by honoring the outstanding work of several
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Supporting growth of women-owned businesses through training and loan guarantees

February 28, 2014

By Arun Hsu, Chief of Party, Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are key to innovation and an engine of economic growth and job creation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Despite the crucial role SMEs play in the region’s economies, they often have great difficulty accessing the financing needed for start-up and growth.
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OPIC President and CEO recognizes women in leadership at International Women Leaders Summit

February 13, 2014

On Feb. 11, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield’s sent remarks by video to the New World Concepts’ International Women Leaders Summit in Karachi, Pakistan. The conference, which focused on “Women Making an Impact,” brought together female professionals and entrepreneurs to recognize women pioneering change in government and business. The summit highlighted how female leaders have changed the face of
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