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Beyond BRIC: The next economic giants

A branch of Garanti bank in Turkey, a bank that is using OPIC financing to increase lending to small businesses and female entrepreneurs.     It’s been 13 years since economist Jim O’Neill coined the term ... Read more...

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Featured photo: Tablet-based teaching offers a scalable education model in Kenya

A teacher at one of Bridge International Academies’ schools in rural Kenya delivers a lesson via a tablet computer. OPIC is supporting Bridge’s expansion in Kenya with a $10 million loan. Bridge’s innovative model for educating large... Read more...

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Featured photo: OPIC on Capitol Hill

Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO (pictured with Judith Pryor, OPIC Vice President, Office of External Affairs) testified December 11 on Capitol Hill about OPIC’s success supporting development and U.S. foreign policy in developing... Read more...

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OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou featured in Forbes and Forbes Woman

One of the key’s to OPIC’s consistent financial success and strong developmental impact is the Agency’s strong team, including Executive Vice President, Mimi Alemayehou. Forbes recently included Alemayehou on its list of  “The 20 Young... Read more...

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Littlefield in AllAfrica: Africa can be transformed with public-private investment

How can Africa fully compete when countless factories and computers go dark during rolling blackouts? How can it compete in an era of non-stop, round-the-clock communication when millions go home to candles or lanterns? Although Africa has made... Read more...

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Seeing complex projects through to completion: A conversation with Ryan Bequai, Managing Director, OPIC Portfolio Monitoring Division

What happens when a project doesn’t progress according to its business plan? OPIC thoroughly vets projects and management teams before committing financing, but the challenges of doing business in the developing world can mean that unforeseen events... Read more...

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A Shared Opportunity between OPIC and CSIS: Farqooq Kathwari

Today’s Shared Opportunity e-card features Farooq Kathwari, Charman, President, and CEO, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. Click here to see the most recent Shared Opportunity e-card, featuring Vin Weber, former U.S. Representative (R-MN... Read more...

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Guest Post: How to Bring Financial Services to the Poor: Go Digital

This post is reprinted from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists blog, where it first ran. While the topic of improving financial services to poor communities is a subject of great focus for OPIC, the views... Read more...

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Alemayehou: Public private partnerships can transform Africa

As much of Africa enjoys a period of unprecedented economic growth, it also faces the challenge of how to sustain and extend this progress. In a recent piece for AllAfrica.com, OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou notes that augmenting and... Read more...

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Featured photo: Bringing modern, affordable healthcare to Pakistan

  OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield (far left) tours the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College in Karachi during her July visit to Pakistan. An OPIC loan is supporting the renovation and expansion of the facility that will... Read more...

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