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Powering Africa: The renewable energy opportunity

October 27, 2014

Third in a series looking at OPIC’s approach to powering Africa. For earlier posts see Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge, and Powering Africa: The on-grid challenge. The sun shines almost daily throughout most of Sub-Saharan Africa, but most of the population – more than 620 million people — lives in the dark. This extreme energy poverty in a region so rich
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Powering Africa: The on-grid challenge

October 08, 2014

Second in a series looking at OPIC’s work supporting President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative See also: Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge President Obama’s Power Africa initiative has increased awareness of the challenge of extreme energy poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and in doing so, has also highlighted the need for off-grid power solutions to reach a large share of Africa’s rural
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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending in sub-Saharan Africa

September 26, 2014

The credit portfolio manager of WAGES, a microfinance institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, speaks to a group of farmers in Togo who have used micro-loans to install micro-irrigation systems to improve crop productivity. OPIC, along with the Calvert Foundation, is providing financing for the launch of a new fund for microfinance institutions that are members of the Participatory Microfinance Group for
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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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Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge

September 09, 2014

President Obama’s Power Africa initiative harnesses the power of private sector investment to help the more than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to energy. It’s a staggering number, but also one that does not fully capture the extent of energy poverty on the continent, or the challenge of delivering power to many of the more rural
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The world needs more power

August 19, 2014

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a United Nations (U.N.) commemoration to “celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.” This year, the UN’s theme is “The World Needs More…” As anyone who works in global development knows, there are many ways to answer that sentence. This year, OPIC highlights the world’s need for more power. Not only does
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Power Africa one year later: Our work is just beginning

July 07, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation It’s been one year since President Obama announced the ambitious Power Africa initiative to double access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of people live without lights, refrigeration and most of the other fixtures of modern life. Bringing about change on such a vast continent where
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The little document that makes a big difference in project finance: Why a Bankable PPA helps private investment in African power

June 13, 2014

One of the ways OPIC supports President Obama’s Power Africa initiative – in addition to providing loans and insurance to help build new power plants – is by sharing its extensive experience doing business in emerging markets. The Agency has supported multiple large-scale power projects in Africa and understands the hurdles to successful development. One document OPIC helped develop to
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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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“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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