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Featured photo: OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield speaks at the World Economic Forum

  This image from a screen recapping events at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland captures a quote from OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield. She is speaking on a panel aboutScaling Social Innovation, and is... Read more...

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OPIC monitoring trip to Kenya: A revolution realized

An interdepartmental OPIC team traveled to Kenya last year to monitor the performance of three financial institutions whose microfinance lending is supported by the agency: Musoni, the Kenya Women’s Finance Trust DTM Ltd (KWFT), and... Read more...

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OPIC and the global microfinance industry

One of the core ways that OPIC carries out its mission to help channel private capital to address the world’s toughest development challenges is by working with microfinance institutions. In this guest post on the CGAP Microfinance... Read more...

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Sustainability: The new normal for business

Today, the World Economic Forum will host what is billed as “the world’s largest brainstorming meeting” – the Summit on the Global Agenda. Eight hundred leaders from the world’s business, political and academic communities will discuss ways to... Read more...

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Featured photo: Improving financial inclusion through microfinance

Photo Credit: Joseph Kirai   OPIC President & CEO Elizabeth Littlefield, Equity Bank founder James Mwangi (far left) and other bank representatives visit a branch in Nairobi, Kenya, to learn more about improving financial... Read more...

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Featured photo: Students singing at Nairobi’s Ongata Pine Breeze Academy

  Lillian Alwi, right, leads students in song at the Ongata Pine Breeze Academy outside Nairobi, Kenya. As school director, Alwi has used two loans from the Kenya Women’s Finance Trust (KWFT) to build Pine Breeze into a bustling source... Read more...

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OPIC monitoring trip to Kenya

By: Tim Harwood An interdepartmental OPIC team traveled to Kenya in June to monitor the performance of three financial institutions whose microfinance lending is supported by the agency:  Musoni, the Kenya Women’s Finance Trust, and... Read more...

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Featured photo: Guaranties for small business lending in Paraguay

  Paraguayan entrepreneur Mercedes Cabrera de Idiarte started a clothing manufacturing business with five sewing machines, and today has 25 machines, 36 employees and sells apparel across Paraguay, generating annual revenue of 200... Read more...

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International Youth Day 2012

Sunday, August 12 is International Youth Day, an annual observance supported by the United Nations (UN) calling attention to youth issues worldwide. In both developing and developed countries, young people face pressing global challenges, such... Read more...

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Sharing OPIC’s story: A conversation with Judith Pryor, Vice President of Office of External Affairs

Pryor traveling in the Middle East in 2011 In your experience, what is it that people find most interesting about OPIC’s work and what do they find most surprising? It varies by audience, of course, but in general OPIC’s project... Read more...

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