United States African Development Foundation (USADF) Country Program Coordinator Fatchima Sidi Mahamane discusses USADF's Niger grant portfolio and how grant funds are reaching the most underserved  populations in Niger.

What Does USADF Do? 

In 2016, USADF awarded over 200 grants to community enterprises, and invested millions to support self-help activities at the local level. USADF grants are helping grassroots communities to create better livelihoods by generating $113 million of new local economic activities that produce stable jobs and better incomes.  

Who Does USADF Work With?

“100% African-owned and African-led community groups and partners"                                       

  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Small holder Farmers
  • The Disabled
  • Youth
  • Women and Girls
  • Nomadic populations
  • Ethnic and Religious Minorities

Where Does USADF Work?

“Hard-to-reach communities beyond Africa’s growth frontier”

At the core of USADF’s programming is our direct connection to African ingenuity and African’s developing solutions. USADF finds, funds and scales social enterprises to create sound and sustainable communities. Africans lead our country teams, and implement our African-led model. USADF Headquarters in Washington, D.C. coordinates with each of the 18 field offices led by Country Program Coordinators. 

How Does USADF Work?

"Connecting community enterprises with capital and technical support”

  • Building a network of African expert support providers
  • Identifying community enterprises with potential for community and regional growth
  • Providing an integrated package of support
  • Managing for results

USADF invests grants of up to $250,000 directly to underserved community enterprises. USADF partners with community enterprises to support organizations to create and sustain jobs, improve income levels and achieve greater food security. USADF supported projects create pathways for African communities to become a part of Africa’s overall growth story.