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Guest Post: How to Bring Financial Services to the Poor: Go Digital

September 18, 2013

This post is reprinted from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists blog, where it first ran. While the topic of improving financial services to poor communities is a subject of great focus for OPIC, the views expressed are those of the author. By Jason Lamb Most of us in the developed world don’t think twice about how we
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Alemayehou: Public private partnerships can transform Africa

August 23, 2013

As much of Africa enjoys a period of unprecedented economic growth, it also faces the challenge of how to sustain and extend this progress. In a recent piece for AllAfrica.com, OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou notes that augmenting and maintaining the infrastructure needed to support this growth will cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year for the foreseeable
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Featured Photo: ACORE and OPIC discuss growth of global renewable energy

August 16, 2013

On August 15, OPIC Political Risk Insurance Director Brian O’Hanlon, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Senior Associate Risa Edelman, OPIC Renewable Resources Managing Director Lynn Tabernacki, and ACORE Vice President of Corporate Relations Tom Weirich hosted the Inaugural Meeting of ACORE’s International Programs Steering Committee.  The Committee, which met with colleagues working in the renewable energy sector at OPIC’s Headquarters,
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Featured photo: Bringing modern, affordable healthcare to Pakistan

August 02, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield (far left) tours the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College in Karachi during her July visit to Pakistan. An OPIC loan is supporting the renovation and expansion of the facility that will include the introduction of advanced equipment, a center for medical innovation and a program to subsidize healthcare for poorer patients throughout Pakistan.
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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

July 29, 2013

What do the world’s poor people need? Money is one simple answer, but money alone is often not enough to support long-term solutions to put individuals and communities on the path to prosperity. Seattle-based Global Partnerships is one OPIC client that has successfully combined microfinance lending with additional non-financial services such as education, training and healthcare to poor communities in Latin
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Powering Africa: A massive challenge and a major investment opportunity

July 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant economic progress in recent years with growth rates in many countries that are among the highest in the world, and large numbers of once poor people joining the middle class. But this recent progress sits against a backdrop of major ongoing developmental challenges, many of them related to access to electricity. Because it is essential
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Featured photo: OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield visits the Karachi Stock Exchange

July 19, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield visited the Karachi Stock Exchange on July 18 and rang the ceremonial gong to open trading. Littlefield is on a four-day tour of Pakistan to meet with business leaders and review some OPIC-supported projects in the country.

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Paper features OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield on the role of the private sector in Pakistan’s development

July 16, 2013

This week, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield is visiting Pakistan to discuss investment opportunities with the business community. The visit was highlighted in local media on Monday with an op-ed published by President Littlefield on the important role of the private sector in development. “Today, American and Pakistani businesses are increasingly linking up and succeeding together, and those
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Featured video: OPIC-supported business complex prepares to open in Georgia

June 28, 2013

The mountaintop Mtatsminda restaurant and business complex in Tbilisi, Georgia was renovated with the support of a $10 million OPIC loan and will reopen on Saturday, June 29. This clip from a local news program highlights visits this week from U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, and Kenneth Angel, Managing Director, Project Finance at OPIC.

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OPIC joins USGLC annual conference highlighting smart power and innovation

June 26, 2013

OPIC participated in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Annual Leadership Conference this week focusing on American aid investment and its role in building jobs and security at home. Featuring remarks by national security and foreign policy experts, the conference analyzed how to strengthen America’s leadership in the world through strategic investments in smart power. On Tuesday, OPIC Executive Vice President
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