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How OPIC is advancing the use of renewable energy around the world

This week, Secretary Kerry will host the Secretary’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, focusing on investments targeting clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change in the developing world. Investors, corporations, philanthropies, and policymakers will convene to discuss and promote the impact that climate and clean energy investments can have in the battle against global climate change. Both the public Read more…

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Littlefield on the keys to successful impact investing: Talent and hard work

Earlier this summer the Global Impact Investing Network together with Cambridge Associates launched Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark, billed as the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of impact investing funds. The 20-page report offers some in-depth analyses of fund performance by size, sector and region and reaches three key conclusions. Market returns are attainable for impact investing funds Read more…

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Leveraging private investment for a new landscape of global development

This week leaders from around the world met in Addis Ababa for the UN’s 3rd Financing for Development conference, an international gathering to discuss how financing can advance global sustainable development. OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield recently wrote two articles on how finance to catalyze private investment is a major factor in progressing towards these development goals. “Private capital Read more…

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Foreign investment into Africa surges in 2014

Although foreign direct investment took a hit worldwide in the past year, Africa continued to generate strong interest, with a 136 percent increase in capital invested over the previous year, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa Attractiveness Survey shows. This investment created 188,400 new jobs in Africa, it said. This growth in FDI dollars invested came despite an overall decline in Read more…

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Elizabeth Littlefield on supporting impact investing

This interview originally ran on GIIN.org. Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), discusses the development finance institution’s innovative work to support and advance impact investing. GIIN: As the US Government’s Development Finance Institution (DFI), what do you see as OPIC’s role in impact investing? Elizabeth Littlefield: Every single one of OPIC’s staff is committed Read more…

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The hard and necessary work of investing in the world’s most vulnerable places

“As Afghanistan moves forward with its own security forces and a democratically elected unity government, business will be key to sustaining the momentum catalyzed by the massive U.S. and international efforts over the last decade,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield writes in The Huffington Post. The piece, which outlines OPIC’s work supporting development in vulnerable places from Afghanistan to Read more…

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What is the Role of Investment in Development?

This entry originally ran on DipNote, the U.S. Department of State’s Official Blog. When you hear the phrase “development finance,” what do you think of? For many people, the first thing that comes to mind might be foreign aid — also known as official development assistance (ODA). To be sure, ODA plays an important role, particularly in the least developed Read more…

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Featured photo: Investment in Ukraine ready for growth

On April 28, Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine, visited OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield in Washington D.C., to encourage private investment to boost Ukraine’s economic growth and stability. Mayor Klitschko’s message to OPIC and potential investors underscored that Kyiv, which lies several hundred miles from areas of conflict, is stable and ripe for investment – particularly in the Read more…

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Focus on Caspian Impact Investments: One of OPIC’s 2014 impact investments

In its work to foster broad development impact and economic growth, OPIC seeks to support projects that deliver inclusive benefits such as basic financial services to populations that have traditionally been unable to obtain loans to save, buy a home or fund a business venture. Over the last two decades India has developed into one of the largest economies in Read more…

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