Sub-Saharan Africa Region
Sub-Saharan Africa

USTDA places a high priority on sub-Saharan Africa, working with qualified project sponsors to facilitate the implementation of priority infrastructure and development projects.

USTDA focuses its activities in strategic sectors that offer the greatest opportunity for developmental and commercial impact. These strategic sectors include clean energy, transportation, and telecommunications. Other sectors of interest include agribusiness and water.

The following provides a representative sample of USTDA initiatives and activities in the region.

USTDA Regional Brief - Sub-Saharan Africa USTDA Regional Brief - Sub-Saharan Africa

  • USTDA Supports Development of Solar Power Plant in Tanzania

    Utilizes US-ACEF Resources to Advance Goals of Power Africa
  • USTDA Supports Botswana's Efforts in Public Procurement

    Establishs Best-Value Procurement Practices and Policies
  • USTDA Sponsors Nigeria Electricity Distribution Sector RTM

    Fostering U.S. companies in the Modernization of Nigeria's Electricity Distribution Infrastructure

Clean Energy

U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Center (CEDFC): CEDFC, an initiative by USTDA, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), provides a coordinated approach to developing and financing clean energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Smart Grid Applications Feasibility Study: This feasibility study for ECG is evaluating the critical aspects of a smart grid applications project in southern Ghana, providing recommendations for a system that will address business process planning and decision making, while helping to bring sustainability to ECG's infrastructure.


South Africa Aviation Initiative: This initiative supports the growth of safe, reliable aviation services in South Africa through the development of critical human capacity resources and closer professional and commercial partnerships between the U.S. and South African aviation sectors. Under the initiative, USTDA is funding a series of U.S. study tours, training programs, and project planning activities for key stakeholders from South Africa's aviation sector in partnership with the U.S. private sector.


Southern Africa Regional Rail Initiative: Through this initiative, USTDA is supporting the development of rail linkages and regional integration in Southern Africa. The initiative commenced with a technical workshop in Johannesburg. Subsequent activities will include study tours to familiarize regional stakeholders with innovative locomotive, signaling, and other rail sector technologies and services.

U.S. East Africa Railway Modernization Study Tour: This study tour allowed delegates from the Rift Valley Railways and the Government of Uganda to discuss industry best practices with U.S. rail sector experts and explore financing options with Ex-Im Bank and OPIC for priority projects in the sector.


Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain Digital Inclusion: USTDA has partnered with the City of Cape Town to assess options for expanding internet services in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. When implemented, the new network will connect Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to Cape Town's existing fiber optic network and increase access to affordable, reliable telecommunications.


ARLINGTON, VA (April 8, 2014) – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to NextGen Solawazi Limited to support the implementation of a 5 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Kigoma, Tanzania. | Full Story

USTDA Supports New Petrochemical Production in Nigeria | 3.20.14

USTDA Supports Solar Power Development in South Africa | 3.7.14

USTDA Partners with the Republic of Botswana to Pursue Excellence in Public Procurement | 3.5.14

Smart Grid Today - USTDA Africa Director Calls Smart Grid Cheaper than New Plants | 2.18.14


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Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Staff

Lida M. Fitts, Acting Regional Director, Sub-Saharan AfricaLida M. Fitts
Acting Regional Director




Michael DeRenzo
Country Manager
Lisa Bonnikson, Country Manager
Brandon Megorden, Country Manager
Chris Giglio, Research Analyst*
Meredith Schuessler, Research Analyst*

Johannesburg, South Africa Staff

Jason Nagy
Africa Business Development Manager*