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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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Impact Investing: More than a buzzword

September 04, 2014

This interview with OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield was featured on the Inter-American Development Bank’s Partnerships for Development blog. With all the buzz surrounding impact investing, perhaps it is best to go back to the basics and define what can be a powerful mechanism for sustainable development. What is the definition of impact investing?  And how can we further
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U.S. Department of Commerce highlights historic U.S.-Africa Business Forum and the significant gains for Africa-U.S. business ties

September 03, 2014

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and new OPIC board member Stefan M. Selig recently wrote a guest post for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s blog that highlights the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, which convened American and African business leaders with the heads of nearly 50 African nations. The purpose of the event was to foster the exchange of
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“Energy prosperity can replace energy poverty:” NPR highlights Power Africa and OPIC’s latest commitment

August 06, 2014

National Public Radio featured the African Leaders Summit and President Obama’s Power Africa initiative this week in a story that highlighted OPIC’s latest Power Africa project, its $50 million commitment to the 450-megawatt Azura-Edo natural gas power plant in Nigeria. Power Africa aims to double the number of people in Africa who have access to power and this week’s summit
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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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Featured photo: Helios Investment Partners, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Private Equity

May 09, 2014

Nicholas Aoama Oyiek, who owns a garage employing 20 people in Nairobi, is just one of the small business owners who have benefited from the support of Helios Investment Partners LLC, a private equity firm that is managed by Africans and invests exclusively in businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. His success also helps illustrate the impact of OPIC’s support for emerging
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Schwab Foundation names Bridge International Academies one of 2014’s top social entrepreneurs

May 08, 2014

  Bridge International Academies, a low-cost network of schools in Kenya that is expanding with the support of OPIC financing, has been named one of the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2014 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Bridge’s innovative model offers high-quality education for less than $6 per student, per month to thousands of children in hundreds
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Featured Photo: Inter-Mac International Inc., winner of OPIC’s Impact Award for Access to Finance

April 04, 2014

Some of the 5,000 residents of the Los Castanos de Choloma housing community in Honduras, which Inter-Mac International Inc. built with the support of OPIC financing. On March 11, OPIC awarded Inter-Mac an OPIC Impact award in the Access to Finance category for the project, which not only provides safe and affordable housing for a low-income population, but also offers
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OPIC supported San Andres Solar Plant named Project Finance International’s Latin American Solar Deal of the Year

March 31, 2014

Last year, OPIC provided financing to SunEdison to construct one of the largest solar power facilities in the world, a photovoltaic plant in San Andres, Chile. As a mark of its innovation and scope, the project recently received an award from Project Finance International, which named SunEdison’s San Andres facility the Latin American Solar Deal of the Year for 2013.
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“My unique connection to Power Africa:” OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

March 27, 2014

In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative, designed to help African countries responsibly develop extensive energy resources with the aid of private sector investors. OPIC committed up to $1.5 billion in financing to support this endeavor, in keeping with the agency’s longstanding history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou,
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