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Delegates from Ethiopia listen to USTDA briefing


For the past 30 years, USTDA has established links between African project sponsors and U.S. companies that have brought private sector solutions to development challenges. As the U.S. government’s project preparation agency, USTDA has helped develop over 500 energy, telecommunications and transportation projects across the continent.

USTDA helps to:

  • Pilot new and innovative U.S. technologies in Africa
  • Properly prepare projects to attract financing
  • Introduce African stakeholders to U.S. expertise and best practices to develop optimal infrastructure design


Power Africa: Power Africa is a U.S. government-led initiative that addresses one of the most pressing challenges to sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa: access to electrical power. The initiative provides coordinated support from the U.S. public and private sectors to add cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity to the continent.

USTDA’s investments provide critical early‐stage planning to catalyze new power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. These investments support all aspects of energy development and deployment, from power generation to grid modernization that can increase efficiency and improve access.

USTDA also leads the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (US-ACEF) initiative, an interagency effort to mobilize financing for promising clean energy projects across the continent. 

Powering a Hospital and Surrounding Villages: USTDA provided a grant to Amahoro Energy, a Rwandan company formed to electrify the Shyira Hospital in the rural Musanze District. The feasibility study, undertaken by a U.S. engineering firm, helped Amahoro Energy refine plans to develop a greenfield run-of-river hydropower plant and expand a small brownfield site. Amahoro Energy has secured financing for both sites, obtained a concession from the Government of Rwanda and broken ground for construction. When it comes online, the project will provide electricity to an estimated 22,500 households and businesses surrounding the hospital.


Expanding Internet Access, Unlocking Imaginations: USTDA partnered with the City of Cape Town to develop a digital inclusion strategy. Using equipment and technology from 6 U.S. companies, Cape Town has extended its fiber optic backbone to the townships outside the city, providing over 60 individual building connections and over 1,500 free Wi-Fi hotspots. This project has already connected 900,000 
residents to wireless internet at speeds 3,000 times faster than what was previously available. In addition to the expansion of affordable, reliable internet, the project also provided employment and training for local residents – spurring economic growth across the area.


Planning a Multi-Commodity Port: USTDA is working with Cardno GS, Inc. (Charlottesville, VA) and Senegal Minergy Port (SMP), a Senegalese company, to develop the design, terminal layout and operational plan for a new multi-commodity bulk port in Bargny-Sendou. The Government of Senegal awarded SMP a concession to develop the port, which is expected to double Senegal’s current bulk materials capacity and reduce costs for Senegalese companies – enhancing the country’s competitiveness. The Agency's study is providing SMP with the level of information necessary to secure financing.