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Implementing social safeguards in projects: A conversation with Kate Dunbar

OPIC’s new Director of Social Assessment is Kate Dunbar, who previously served as Senior Social Impact Analyst in OPIC’s Office of Investment Policy (OIP). Before joining OPIC, she conducted ethnographic research on local knowledge and perceptions... Read more...

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PODCAST: Elizabeth Littlefield remarks on meeting with Senegal Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne

Last week, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield traveled to West Africa with a group of investors to discuss opportunities for the region and announce a new regional OPIC office located in Abidjan. While visiting Senegal, Ms.... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Empowering female farmers

A worker in Ghana prepares shea nuts for sale at a farm supported by OPIC partner Root Capital. Root is a Cambridge, Mass. nonprofit social investment fund that provides loans to rural farms in Latin America and Africa who cannot access... Read more...

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OPIC’s Pryor on DipNote blog: Investing in women benefits everyone

“I am heartened to see that world leaders are increasingly united in working to empower women,” OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor wrote on the State Department’s DipNote blog on International Women’s Day March 8. Pryor... Read more...

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OPIC’s Littlefield writes in The Huffington Post on the progress and promise of the world’s women

Some of today’s most promising stories of women’s progress come from poor countries in the developing world, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote this week in The Huffington Post. The piece, published on International... Read more...

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Infographic: Supporting women through expanded access to healthcare, finance, clean air and more

International Women’s day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. Here’s a snapshot of some of the ways OPIC-supported projects are helping the world’s women. Read more...

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Slideshow: How OPIC invests in women

By investing in development, OPIC invests in women. As the world marks International Women’s Day, these images show some of the women who have benefited from our work. Helping farmers in Africa earn more income. OPIC supports multiple... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Supporting small business in India with microloans

(Photo Credit: Charles Stadtlander)   Entrepreneur Neelam Devi, pictured with her husband, holds a sheet of silkscreened tags created in her small screen-printing business in Patna, India. Once only contracted with clients in... Read more...

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Partner Spotlight: Envirofit Chairman and CEO Ron Bills on a scalable solution to indoor air pollution

Earlier this year, OPIC committed a $4 million loan to Envirofit International, a Fort Collins, Colorado business that was formed 13 years ago in a spinoff from Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conservation Lab. With a mission... Read more...

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Littlefield speaks on CSIS panel on impact investing

As impact investing evolves from a somewhat “clubby” sector to a mainstream investment tool, development finance institutions like OPIC are playing a key role, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield told a January 14 panel on impact... Read more...

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