The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is an independent U.S. Government agency established by Congress to support African-owned enterprises which improve lives in poor and vulnerable communities in Africa. Our foreign assistance in Africa is an investment in local economic development for peace and security today and prosperous U.S. trading partners tomorrow.
USADF invests directly in community enterprises, providing seed capital and local technical support to early stageagriculture, energy and youth-led enterprises in Africa. Last year, our grant assistance generated $80 million in new local economic activities in poor and vulnerable communities across Africa. With 20 USADF country programs, local African staff and partners provide oversight and technical expertise to grow and expand community enterprises which ensures security, stability and prosperity in conflict and post-conflict areas.
ince 2014, USADF has directly supported over 100 youth entrepreneurs in 30 countries, providing them with over $3 million of grant funding to launch and expand their businesses across Africa.
Ending Energy Poverty
Working on African solutions to accessing off-grid energy through innovative generation, distribution and household products.
Addressing Africa's Youth Unemployment Gap
USADF works to connect youth-led enterprises with seed capital, and unemployed youth with job skills
Working with People with Disabilities
USADF works with Africa's marginalized populations to create pathways to prosperity. In Benin, USADF is partnering with persons with disabilities to build "Community Gardens". These gardens are built with wider spaces for farmers with disabilities to navigate the rows.
Supporting Farmers Across the Dairy Value Chain
Mobilizing Women Entrepreneurs
Building Resilient Communities in post-Ebola Liberia