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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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Why institutional investors are growing more comfortable with emerging markets

“As of this year, the 10-year average emerging market private equity returns are roughly comparable with developed market PE returns,” Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, wrote in this recent piece in Financier Worldwide. One of the key ways OPIC supports development in emerging markets is through its support for emerging market private equity funds, and Preston takes Read more…

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Elizabeth Littlefield on Earth Day, past, present and future

“Over the past year we have witnessed an unprecedented flow of industry and think tank data and research showing the increasing feasibility and attractiveness of renewable energy in developing nations, where most of the world’s population lives,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote in this piece in Institutional Investor on Earth Day at 45. “Four and a half decades Read more…

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A plan to empower more than 1 million women: OPIC featured in The Huffington Post

Many women in the developing world are sidelined from economic progress because of limited access to financial services like savings accounts, loans and insurance. The Huffington Post features a piece by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and Bob Annibale, Citi’s Global Director of Community Development and Microfinance, on an OPIC-Citi partnership that addresses this challenge. Through a joint program Read more…

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Why global development is a women’s issue

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation The developing world faces a multitude of challenges from poverty to food insecurity to insufficient electricity, all which limit the lives of millions of men and women. But in my time working to support global development at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), I’ve come to understand that many of these Read more…

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OPIC’s CEO gives keynote address at Powering Africa Summit

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield addressed Powering Africa, the first Power Africa Summit held in the United States, on Jan. 30, where she told a group of private sector and government officials from the United States and Africa that reforms in energy subsidies could help spur investments in Africa’s power sector. Power Africa is a U.S. Government initiative Read more…

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Democracy and progress in India

By Elizabeth L. Littlefield President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation This post also appeared on The White House Blog. Sixty-five years ago this week, India’s post-independence democratic constitution went into effect, paving the way for the country to become not only a democracy but the world’s largest democracy. Today, as a country of well over a billion people encompassing Read more…

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‘Don’t let Ebola obscure Africa’s larger promise’: OPIC’s CEO on the future of Africa

The development news outlet Devex published an op-ed by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield on the promise of economic growth in Africa. In her piece, “Don’t let Ebola obscure Africa’s larger promise and challenges,” Littlefield writes that America’s increased engagement with Africa comes at a pivotal moment when investors are helping build the energy infrastructure in Africa with unprecedented Read more…

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An OPIC anniversary: Good business, good government

By Elizabeth Littlefield  President and Chief Executive Officer, OPIC Thirty years ago this week, OPIC, the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, celebrated a rare feat in the federal government: it made good on its promise to pay back every cent of the $106 million that Congress had allocated to start the agency in 1971. The occasion was heralded by President Ronald Read more…

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From mom-and-pop to job engine: How OPIC helped hundreds of small businesses in the West Bank

This post by James C. Polan, OPIC’s Vice President for Small and Medium Enterprise Finance, was originally featured on the U.S. State Department’s DipNote blog. The original post can be viewed here. Small businesses create jobs. It’s a widely accepted economic truth, but it’s not the whole story. The fact is, small businesses need money to grow, but they often Read more…

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