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ACEF: Unlocking the Potential for Clean, Renewable African Power

April 02, 2015

By Charlie Stadtlander, OPIC External Affairs In February 2015, in a quiet patch of land an hour from Kigali, Rwanda, with the help of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Power Africa, energy development in Africa took a historic leap forward. With the snip of a ribbon and the flip of a switch, East Africa’s first grid-connected, utility-scale solar
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OPIC’s CEO gives keynote address at Powering Africa Summit

February 03, 2015

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
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Ahead of EnergyNet’s Powering Africa Summit, a recap of the #PoweringAfrica Twitter chat

January 28, 2015

[View the story “Recap of #PoweringAfrica Twitter Chat” on Storify]

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

January 06, 2015

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
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Business climate improves in many African countries but access to electricity remains a challenge

November 06, 2014

Doing business in Africa is not always easy, but the business climate is improving in many African countries, the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report shows. The latest version of the Bank’s widely-watched report shows that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have adopted reforms related to starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes and registering property. Five of 10 countries listed
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Powering Africa: The renewable energy opportunity

October 27, 2014

Third in a series looking at OPIC’s approach to powering Africa. For earlier posts see Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge, and Powering Africa: The on-grid challenge. The sun shines almost daily throughout most of Sub-Saharan Africa, but most of the population – more than 620 million people — lives in the dark. This extreme energy poverty in a region so rich
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Littlefield on the future of energy in Africa

October 14, 2014

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield described the momentum behind President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, which she said has generated strong interest among developers who until recently had not considered doing business in Africa. “The world is waking up to the fact that business can be a force for good and has a critical role to play,” Littlefield told Devex
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Powering Africa: The on-grid challenge

October 08, 2014

Second in a series looking at OPIC’s work supporting President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative See also: Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge President Obama’s Power Africa initiative has increased awareness of the challenge of extreme energy poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and in doing so, has also highlighted the need for off-grid power solutions to reach a large share of Africa’s rural
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One Big Continent, One Big Summit, Three Big Lessons

September 10, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO This blog post originally appeared on the U.S. State Department’s DipNote blog Just last month, President Obama hosted a spectacular and historic summit in Washington of more than 40 heads of state from Sub-Saharan Africa. Never before had there been such an ambitious American outreach to this enormous continent, a fact all the more
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Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge

September 09, 2014

President Obama’s Power Africa initiative harnesses the power of private sector investment to help the more than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to energy. It’s a staggering number, but also one that does not fully capture the extent of energy poverty on the continent, or the challenge of delivering power to many of the more rural
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