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Developing countries play a vital role in the health of the earth

Thirty-six years after the first Earth Day demonstrations, there is a growing understanding that as we work to build a healthier earth, we must consider the whole earth — from the major cities of our wealthy countries, to remote villages in the developing world, OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor writes on Medium. Today more than half the world’s annual investment Read more…

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OPIC partners pay back: The Eye Fund

(Part 3 in an ongoing series) In 2010, OPIC committed a $5 million loan to the Eye Fund I, a socially-focused nonprofit investment fund committed to reducing blindness around the world by providing financing for the hospitals and clinics that serve the poor. World Health Organization data shows that more than 90 percent of the world’s blind live in the Read more…

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Why internet access is key to development

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield joined Secretary of State John Kerry, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and other leaders from around the world on Thursday as the State Department convened the Global Connect initiative to expand Internet access around the world. “The internet is essential to economy prosperity in the 21st century,” Kerry said. The internet is not a Read more…

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SLIDESHOW: OPIC visits Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire

Last month, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield led a delegation of American business leaders and CEOs on an investor tour of West Africa which included meetings with local governments, visits to OPIC-supported projects, and the opening of OPIC’s new office in Abidjan.     Africa: The next clean energy powerhouse. At the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, OPIC Read more…

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Featured Photo: Elizabeth Littlefield meets with Ivorian President Ouattara

OPIC’s president and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield met with the Côte d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara, on March 22nd to discuss growth and investment opportunities. Littlefield was in the country for the opening of OPIC’s regional office for West Africa, located in Abidjan, where she also attend the Africa CEO Forum. To recognize the office’s opening, Littlefield, along with a team from Read more…

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Partner spotlight: How MicroVest combines a commercial and social approach to microfinance investing

Earlier this week OPIC announced that it has surpassed $1 billion in financing to support microfinance investing around the world. Here, we look at one of our microfinance partners, Bethesda, Maryland-based MicroVest, which invests in microfinance institutions in over 30 developing countries. Here, MicroVest explains its approach to successful microfinance investing and the ways OPIC has supported it.  MicroVest has an Read more…

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Advancing development by investing in microfinance: OPIC’s Richard Greenberg explains

OPIC, which has actively supported microfinance investment for more than a decade, recently announced that it has surpassed the $1 billion mark in financing to support microfinance projects around the world. Here, Richard Greenberg, OPIC Managing Director, OPIC Micro and SME Finance, discusses the important role microfinance places in OPIC’s development mission, and why OPIC financing plays an important role Read more…

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OPIC’s Dia Martin speaks at conference for African entrepreneurs

Dia Martin, Director of OPIC Social Enterprise Finance, spoke at a panel, Building the Glocal Ecosystem: Bridging the Divide, at the Sankalp Africa Summit February 26th in Nairobi. Sankalp is a gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, donors and investors, and Martin spoke at the event about OPIC’s commitment to impact investing in Africa, and the Portfolio for Impact program focused on Read more…

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Featured Photo: Empowering female farmers

A worker in Ghana prepares shea nuts for sale at a farm supported by OPIC partner Root Capital. Root is a Cambridge, Mass. nonprofit social investment fund that provides loans to rural farms in Latin America and Africa who cannot access traditional bank loans, and also provides additional education and training to help these farmers improve productivity and bring their Read more…

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OPIC’s Pryor on DipNote blog: Investing in women benefits everyone

“I am heartened to see that world leaders are increasingly united in working to empower women,” OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor wrote on the State Department’s DipNote blog on International Women’s Day March 8. Pryor noted that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year called out the need for gender equality in a list of persistent development challenges including Read more…

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