Ponsomentaga weavers, Burkina Faso

What Does the U.S. African Development Foundation Do? 

USADF has $53 million invested in 500 active grants to community enterprises, and invested millions to support self-help activities at the local level. USADF investments are helping grassroots communities to create better livelihoods by generating $100 million in new local economic activities that produce stable jobs and better incomes.  

Who Does USADF Reach?

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

  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Smallholder farmers
  • Youth
  • Women and girls
  • Nomadic and pastoralist populations
  • Ethnic and religious minorities
  • Persons with disabilities

Where Does USADF Work?

Fragile states and frontier markets

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 20 field offices led by Country Program Coordinators. 

How Does USADF Work?

Connecting community enterprises in conflict and post-conflict areas with capital and technical support

  • Building a network of African technical support providers
  • Identifying community enterprises with potential for community and regional growth
  • Providing an integrated package of support and human-centered design
  • 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.