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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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Featured photo: OPIC delegation in West Africa

December 06, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield meets with Macky Sall, President of Senegal, while traveling with an OPIC delegation to West Africa. Africa has become a region of increased focus for OPIC in recent years and will play a key role in the U.S. Power Africa initiative to double access to electricity on the continent.

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Littlefield in AllAfrica: Africa can be transformed with public-private investment

December 03, 2013

How can Africa fully compete when countless factories and computers go dark during rolling blackouts? How can it compete in an era of non-stop, round-the-clock communication when millions go home to candles or lanterns? Although Africa has made great strides in industries like transportation, manufacturing and telecommunications, some 600 million Africans still lack access to basic electricity. In a guest
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OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partner for event on microfinance

November 26, 2013

OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partnered together for a public outreach event this week highlighting challenges and opportunities in development related to Habitat for Humanity’s annual Shelter Report. The report, Step by Step: Supporting Incremental Building Through Housing Microfinance, focuses on microfinance in the developing world. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou and Habitat for Humanity Executive Vice President Mike
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Seeing complex projects through to completion: A conversation with Ryan Bequai, Managing Director, OPIC Portfolio Monitoring Division

November 21, 2013

What happens when a project doesn’t progress according to its business plan? OPIC thoroughly vets projects and management teams before committing financing, but the challenges of doing business in the developing world can mean that unforeseen events arise. OPIC’s consistent ability to make a positive developmental impact and earn a net profit in spite of these challenges – read more
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OPIC’s impact in California: Jobs, exports and expanded opportunities for small businesses

November 19, 2013

Investing abroad pays dividends at home. On Wednesday November 13, OPIC hosted its latest Expanding Horizons workshop in San Jose, California, where more than 170 businesses heard about the finance and insurance tools that OPIC provides to support American companies seeking to expand their operations overseas. Because many of the world’s fastest-growing markets are in developing countries, expanding abroad can
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Featured Photo: OPIC financing supports major ethanol plant in Hungary

November 15, 2013

OPIC labor and human rights analyst Tara Guelig visits the Pannonia Ethanol Zrt. project in the rural town of Dunaföldvár, Hungary during a recent trip to monitor the project. OPIC in 2010 approved a $60 million loan to support construction of the plant, which has created 100 local jobs and introduced state-of-the-art ethanol production in Hungary, while doubling the country’s
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Featured photo: Using technology to improve farm yields

November 08, 2013

This photo, one of the winners of the recent Feed the Future photo contest, shows a farmer in northern Ghana who was able to improve yields by more than 65 percent by using a dibbler to more efficiently make holes in the ground during planting. OPIC supports Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and
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