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Obama visit to Kenya highlights Africa’s immense potential

July 27, 2015

“Kenya may well be on its way to becoming a ‘silicon savannah,’ a hub of excellence and innovation in technology,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote in a piece published in Kenya’s Daily Nation, as she joined President Barack Obama on a historic trip to Africa. “The goal, of course, is to ensure that Africa can do more than
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Leveraging private investment for a new landscape of global development

July 17, 2015

This week leaders from around the world met in Addis Ababa for the UN’s 3rd Financing for Development conference, an international gathering to discuss how financing can advance global sustainable development. OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield recently wrote two articles on how finance to catalyze private investment is a major factor in progressing towards these development goals. “Private capital
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Featured photo: Celebrating excellence in development

May 29, 2015

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield joins distinguished award recipients and presenters before the 2015 OPIC Impact Awards ceremony on May 19. At the event, seven OPIC clients were recognized for excellence in development for projects that are bringing electricity to remote villages in India, financial services to small businesses in the Middle East, affordable education to poor families
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Elizabeth Littlefield on supporting impact investing

May 29, 2015

This interview originally ran on GIIN.org. Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), discusses the development finance institution’s innovative work to support and advance impact investing. GIIN: As the US Government’s Development Finance Institution (DFI), what do you see as OPIC’s role in impact investing? Elizabeth Littlefield: Every single one of OPIC’s staff is committed
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Elizabeth Littlefield on Earth Day, past, present and future

April 27, 2015

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

March 09, 2015

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
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The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development: OPIC featured in Huffington Post

February 27, 2015

The Huffington Post featured a piece by OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield on the transformation of global development in recent years. In the piece Littlefield highlights how aid and investment in emerging markets has changed dramatically. Decades ago, private capital was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the
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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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Obama highlights OPIC’s role supporting development in India

January 27, 2015

President Barack Obama this week highlighted OPIC’s work supporting lending to small and medium businesses in India, when he spoke at the U.S. India Business Council. Obama, who visited India along with OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield to mark the anniversary of India’s independence, said that OPIC financing would support lending in many of India’s rural and urban regions that are
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Democracy and progress in India

January 26, 2015

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
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