JULY 2, 2018 - Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, procurement and construction, will partner with the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) to deliver community-level infrastructure projects to accelerate the creation of local enterprises. A multi-year partnership between Bechtel and USADF was announced during a press conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on Monday 2 July.
“Our partnership with Bechtel will create pathways to prosperity for underserved communities throughout Africa,” said U.S. African Development Foundation President and CEO C.D. Glin. “Our community-led development approach includes the provision of grant financing in response to community identified needs and opportunities, ensuring Africans have a voice and a choice in their own development. By investing in Africans and their ideas, we spur self-reliance and sustainability, increasing household incomes, creating jobs, and improving local lives and local enterprise.”
USADF is taking action in response to the acute need across Africa for expanded access to roads, clean water, and reliable and affordable electricity that will change communities and transform disadvantaged people from observers to active, self-reliant participants in the growth of their local economies. To deliver a greater impact for local communities and enterprises, Bechtel and USADF intend to take on some of the most challenging projects in Africa.
“Our approach includes transferring technical knowledge to communities, local organizations, and businesses to empower them to develop, design, and manage their own projects, including safety, quality, ethics, sustainability, cost, and schedule,” said Andrew Patterson, Bechtel’s region president for Africa.
The partnership has already started work in the Kibera area of Nairobi, where Bechtel is providing engineering and project management to local NGOs working to solve water and sanitation problems.
Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that create long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, the company has completed more than 25,000 projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. The company and its culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to its values, the core of which are safety, quality, and ethics. Bechtel is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, California.
About the U.S. African Development Foundation
The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is an independent U.S. Government agency established by Congress to support African-owned community and social enterprises which improve lives and livelihoods in underserved communities. Utilizing a community-led development approach, USADF invests directly to provide seed capital and local project management assistance to early stage enterprises addressing local challenges such as food security, energy access, and women and youth. Annually, our grant assistance for enterprise development and expansion generates approximately $100 million dollars in new local economic activity throughout Africa’s Sahel, Horn and Great Lakes Regions, reducing poverty, creating peace and economic stability, and putting millions on a pathway to prosperity.
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