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Improving lives through development: Highlights from OPIC’s Annual Report on Development Impact

By Margaret Kuhlow Vice President, OPIC Office of Investment Policy OPIC seeks to support projects that will serve as foundations for sustained economic growth, and the projects we support typically bring far-reaching benefits. A power plant,... Read more...

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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending in sub-Saharan Africa

  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... Read more...

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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... Read more...

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OPIC In New Jersey: A Look At How OPIC Investments Support Multiple Businesses

OPIC hosts its final Expanding Horizons workshop of the year September 23 in Trenton, New Jersey, where small businesses will gather to learn more about the benefits of expanding into developing markets overseas. OPIC has been hosting... Read more...

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Featured photo: OPIC meets with community groups near Kenya’s Lake Turkana

OPIC’s Office of Investment Policy recently met with community groups at Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya as part of a due diligence review of the Lake Turkana wind power project. During the summer, OPIC’s board approved a $250 million financing... Read more...

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One Big Continent, One Big Summit, Three Big Lessons

During the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in August, Littlefield met with many African heads of state, including Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo.   By Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO This blog post originally... Read more...

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Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge

Ballinger (third from left) at the site of a solar project being developed in Rwanda.   President Obama’s Power Africa initiative harnesses the power of private sector investment to help the more than 600 million people in Sub-... Read more...

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Hillary Clinton recognizes OPIC’s role in addressing energy poverty and highlighting opportunities for American businesses

Hillary Clinton told the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on September 4 that OPIC was playing a critical role in bringing more energy to the developing world. “I’m delighted that (OPIC President and CEO) Elizabeth... Read more...

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Impact Investing: More than a buzzword

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... Read more...

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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

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig is seen speaking with OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, which took place during the week of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Credit... Read more...

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