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The little document that makes a big difference in project finance: Why a Bankable PPA helps private investment in African power

June 13, 2014

One of the ways OPIC supports President Obama’s Power Africa initiative – in addition to providing loans and insurance to help build new power plants – is by sharing its extensive experience doing business in emerging markets. The Agency has supported multiple large-scale power projects in Africa and understands the hurdles to successful development. One document OPIC helped develop to
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Momentum builds around the world for Power Africa initiative

June 03, 2014

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield will join a large group of senior U.S. and African officials this week at the U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial (AEM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to talk about the progress that has been made to date on President Obama’s Power Africa initiative and the path forward. The event is one of a series of gatherings
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Featured photo: Medical Credit Fund, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance

May 30, 2014

A healthcare professional weighs a newborn at the Mission Mbagala clinic on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The clinic was the recipient of an affordable loan from Medical Credit Fund, an OPIC-supported project and the recipient of the 2014 OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance. Medical Credit Fund is the first lending institution of its kind in
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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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Who are the heroes of sustainable development?

March 13, 2014

Our friends at the ONE Campaign joined us in celebrating this week’s OPIC Impact Awards. This post, which originally ran their blog, promotes sustainable development, which comprises an impressive portion of OPIC’s portfolio. In 2013, the Agency supported a record $1.2 billion in renewable energy projects, including in the wind, solar, hydro-power and biomass sectors. Often, creating sustainable development projects
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OPIC’s Impact Awards: A recap in photos

March 12, 2014

OPIC’s March 11 inaugural Impact Awards ceremony was a big success and helped us highlight the ways our clients are making a difference around the world. In this post we showcase the winners. Global Partnerships: Access to Finance Award OPIC loan recipient Global Partnerships, one of the three clients awarded the Access to Finance award, facilitates small microfinance loans in
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Featured photo: OPIC delegation in Rwanda meets President Kagame

February 28, 2014

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield met Feb. 27 with Rwandan President Paul Kagame while visiting the country to learn more about opportunities to support private sector investment. OPIC supports multiple agriculture projects in the country and is seeking additional ways to help address the country’s need for additional electricity, infrastructure and access to finance. Rwanda, which is about the
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Shining a light on Africa’s future

February 21, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation There is a popular satellite photo of the earth at nighttime that really captures the severity of Africa’s power shortages. While much of the rest of the world shines brightly, the African continent sits mostly in darkness. It is easy to look at that image and conclude
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Getting to dawn in Sub-Saharan Africa: OPIC’s Whalen on the changing investment climate on the continent

January 22, 2014

OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance, Michael Whalen wrote about Africa’s energy deficit in Project Finance International’s 2014 Yearbook, where he said that an improving investment climate and the U.S. Power Africa initiative have created momentum for increased electrification “after years of missed opportunities.” “For a long time global appetite for project finance in Africa was strongly concentrated in natural resource
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