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Murder trial verdict expected for ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius

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Posted by admin 5 days ago (http://www.france24.com)
After 41 days of tears and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week if he will spend the next 25 years in prison.

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Nigerian soldiers defeat Boko Haram fighters in key battle

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Posted by admin 6 days ago (http://www.france24.com)
Nigerian soldiers killed scores of Islamic extremists in a rare victory as the Boko Haram insurgents advanced on a town near the northeast city of Maiduguri, an officer and other witnesses said.

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

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Posted by admin 14 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
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 Littlefield is here,” said Clinton. “OPIC is major player in trying to deal with the issue of energy poverty.” Clinton also noted thatRead more...

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Impact Investing: More than a Buzzword

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Posted by admin 16 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
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 back to the basics and define what can be a powerful mechanism for sustainable development. What is the definition of impact investing?  And how can we furtherRead 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

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Posted by admin 17 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and new OPIC board member Stefan M. Selig recently wrote a guest post for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s blog that highlights the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, which convened American and African business leaders with the heads of nearly 50 African nations. The purpose of the event was to foster the exchange ofRead more...

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One Big Continent, One Big Summit, Three Big Lessons

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Posted by admin 10 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
By Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO This blog post originally appeared on the U.S. State Department’s DipNote blog Just last month, President Obama hosted a spectacular and historic summit in Washington of more than 40 heads of state from Sub-Saharan Africa. Never before had there been such an ambitious American outreach to this enormous continent, a fact all the moreRead more...

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Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge

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Posted by admin 11 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
President Obama’s Power Africa initiative harnesses the power of private sector investment to help the more than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to energy. It’s a staggering number, but also one that does not fully capture the extent of energy poverty on the continent, or the challenge of delivering power to many of the more ruralRead more...

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

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Posted by admin 8 days ago (http://www.opic.gov)
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 commitment to support construction of the 310-megawatt Lake Turkana wind power plant, which will boost Kenya’s installed energy capacity byRead more...

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