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Development, National Security And OPIC: Secretary Kerry Connects the Dots

Secretary of State John Kerry offered a sweeping view of the power of global development last week, when he spoke at USAID’s Frontiers in Development conference. Kerry stressed that extreme poverty and other major world development challenges presented challenges not only to “our values and our sense of humanity” but also “to our security,” and that they could best be Read more…

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To the warm heart of Africa: OPIC investment mission to Malawi and Rwanda

By Benjamin Hunt – Special Assistant to the OPIC President About 7,000 miles east of Washington, D.C., sit the Republic of Malawi and the Republic of Rwanda, two countries part of an African sub-region known as the “Heart of Africa.” Despite being officially acknowledged within the geo-political borders of East or Central Africa, Rwanda and Malawi prefer the warmer colloquial Read more…

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Featured photo: Bountiful harvest in Ethiopia

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, this photo, a Feed the Future photo contest winner, shows a farmer in Ethiopia, succeeding against the odds and producing a bountiful harvest in drought conditions. He is transporting a variety of chickpea called “areti,” which means “not afraid of drought.” The areti was introduced by the International Crop Research Institute for Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Global Partnerships

In the efforts to support the poor in ways that will have a sustained and meaningful difference in their lives, access to finance is a common theme. Millions of people in the developing world have no formal bank account and no way to access a bank loan to start a small business or purchase a home. OPIC has partnered with Read more…

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Unlocking private climate investment: Two lessons from OPIC and Ex-Im Bank

By Giulia Christianson, Sustainable Finance, World Resources Institute Overcoming the climate change challenge won’t come cheap. A World Economic Forum report released last year, for example, estimates that the world will need to invest at least $5.7 trillion annually in green infrastructure by 2020 in order to limit the worst impacts of climate change. In addition to the significant amounts of finance Read more…

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“My unique connection to Power Africa:” OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

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, Read more…

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Power Africa leadership convenes at Center for Global Development

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 Read more…

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Looking to Rio: Connecting the dots between environment and development

Later this week, as thousands of world leaders gather with the global development and business communities at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, they will focus on some of the seemingly incompatible challenges facing a world with a rapidly growing population and diminishing natural resources. Global energy consumption is expected to be 30% to 40% higher Read more…

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Haitian Prime Minister visits OPIC

Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille met with OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield  and other members of OPIC’s senior staff on February 9 to discuss the challenges of Haiti’s reconstruction and the prospects for new development. Conille (pictured) and his delegation were in Washington to explore ways in which the United States could contribute to Haiti’s reconstruction efforts in the wake of the Read more…

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