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Rebuilding Haiti one concrete block at a time

April 25, 2013

“You can’t build a country without concrete.” The statement has particular relevance in Haiti, where, more than three years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake resulted in extensive death and destruction, the country is still working to repair and rebuild and assume a path of sustained economic vitality. Luis Garcia (pictured), spoke about the importance of basic building materials like concrete
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Featured photo: OPIC leadership meets with Senator Shaheen and Senator Ayotte

March 22, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and OPIC Board Member and New Hampshire native Jim Demers met with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to discuss OPIC’s ongoing efforts to encourage U.S. private sector investment in emerging markets. OPIC helps private sector companies break into emerging markets overseas to create jobs and growth opportunities here at home.
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Featured photo: Housing construction in Haiti

March 01, 2013

The Cabaret Housing Settlement in Haiti, where about 156 houses will be built, is helping to address a critical need for housing in Haiti, where more than 360,000 people continue to live in tents and other temporary housing in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. OPIC is supporting this need for housing by providing financing to Development Innovations Group (DIG)
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OPIC’s President and CEO heads to Haiti to support micro lending for sustainable reconstruction

February 25, 2013

This week, OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield will lead a delegation of OPIC representatives on a visit to Haiti to launch an important mortgage finance project developed in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Development Innovations Group (DIG), a U.S.-based housing finance and urban development firm, will manage the project.
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Featured photo: OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield speaks at the World Economic Forum

January 25, 2013

This image from a screen recapping events at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland captures a quote from OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield. She is speaking on a panel about Scaling Social Innovation, and is participating in multiple events at the Forum exploring ways to address transformative social and environmental change.

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OPIC returns to Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting

January 22, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield joins a large group of business and political leaders from around the world gathering in Davos, Switzerland this week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For more than 40 years, the event has focused high-level discussions around some of the biggest challenges facing the planet, and sought to identify solutions
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Sustainability: The new normal for business

November 12, 2012

Today, the World Economic Forum will host what is billed as “the world’s largest brainstorming meeting” – the Summit on the Global Agenda. Eight hundred leaders from the world’s business, political and academic communities will discuss ways to foster sustainable business practices to help build a “greener and socially more inclusive world.” The topic of focus at this year’s forum
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South Sudan: The world’s newest developing nation

November 07, 2012

Last month, OPIC announced it was open for business in one-year-old South Sudan, the newly formed African country that seceded from Sudan in July 2011. The young country boasts enormous natural resources including oil, rich farmland and abundant wildlife across huge uncharted savannahs. It also faces formidable development challenges. Chief among those needs is the lack of basic infrastructure. During
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Featured photo: Improving financial inclusion through microfinance

October 26, 2012

OPIC President & CEO Elizabeth Littlefield, Equity Bank founder James Mwangi (far left) and other bank representatives visit a branch in Nairobi, Kenya, to learn more about improving financial inclusion through microfinance and mobile banking technologies. The OPIC-supported Helios Sub-Saharan Africa Fund invested in Equity Bank, which has operations throughout East Africa.

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At U.N. and CGI, U.S. highlights importance of collaboration in addressing world’s biggest problems

October 01, 2012

The need to form partnerships and collaborate emerged as a common theme over the past week as top world leaders converged in New York for both the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations of “an interdependent world (where) all of us have a stake in working
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