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Power Africa leadership convenes at Center for Global Development

January 16, 2014

Mimi Alemayehou, OPIC’s executive VP, participated in a panel discussion on President Obama’s Power Africa initiative held Jan. 15th at the Center for Global Development. She was joined by USAID’s chief coordinator for Power Africa Andrew Herscowitz, Kamran Khan of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Nilmini Rubin, an advisor to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The group engaged in lively
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Beyond BRIC: The next economic giants

January 15, 2014

  It’s been 13 years since economist Jim O’Neill coined the term BRIC to refer to the four developing countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) enjoying strong economic growth and promise rivaling or surpassing that seen in the developed world. Since then, many countries beyond the BRIC four have also started enjoying accelerated growth and economic promise in the developing
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OPIC and Deutsche Bank announce fund supporting microfinance and Smart Campaign principles

January 07, 2014

OPIC, along with Deutsche Bank,  announced its commitment to the $100 million Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II (“Consortium II”), a fund supporting the growth of microfinance institutions that pursue a high level of client care, transparency of operations and pricing as well as product innovation. The fund is a partnership with investors, including OPIC, who share a focus on responsible
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Year in review: The top five OPIC blog posts of 2013

January 07, 2014

2013 was another banner year for OPIC, which made a record level of commitments in support of U.S. businesses investing in developing countries.  The OPIC blog highlighted many of our key projects and initiatives. Below are our five most popular blog posts from 2013:   1. OPIC to play key role in President Obama’s Power Africa initiative July 02, 2013
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OPIC supported Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Plant named Project Finance International’s Latin America Power Deal of the Year

January 06, 2014

Alto Maipo SpA, which recently closed a $245 million loan from OPIC to construct a hydroelectric power plant in Chile, has been named Project Finance International’s Latin America Power Deal of the Year. The renewable electricity source will become a key generation facility for Santiago, Chile’s largest city and capital. The plant will reduce electricity costs for local residents as
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Featured photo: Tablet-based teaching offers a scalable education model in Kenya

December 20, 2013

A teacher at one of Bridge International Academies’ schools in rural Kenya delivers a lesson via a tablet computer. OPIC is supporting Bridge’s expansion in Kenya with a $10 million loan. Bridge’s innovative model for educating large numbers of poor children is based on a standardized curriculum that each teacher accesses from an electronic device. NPR recently described the model
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In Kenya: Quality education even low income families can afford

December 17, 2013

In Kenya, primary school starts at the age of six and runs for eight years, and while the public schools are free to all children, they often suffer from limited resources. OPIC recently agreed to support a business that is providing an affordable education alternative to thousands of Kenyan families through a series of 237 schools it is building throughout
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Featured photo: OPIC on Capitol Hill

December 13, 2013

Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO (pictured with Judith Pryor, OPIC Vice President, Office of External Affairs) testified December 11 on Capitol Hill about OPIC’s success supporting development and U.S. foreign policy in developing nations, while also generating income for deficit reduction.

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U.N. marks Human Rights Day with focus on Vienna Declaration

December 10, 2013

Since 1950, the United Nations has recognized December 10 as Human Rights Day. This year the U.N. is marking the day with the theme “20 Years Working for Your Rights,” in recognition of the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. This mandate marked the beginning of a renewed effort of the protection and promotion of human rights. It is
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OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou featured in Forbes and Forbes Woman

December 06, 2013

One of the key’s to OPIC’s consistent financial success and strong developmental impact is the Agency’s strong team, including Executive Vice President, Mimi Alemayehou. Forbes recently included Alemayehou on its list of  “The 20 Young Power Women In Africa 2013.” and published a profile of Alemayehou talking about life, work and family, and the ways that her early years in
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