For nearly 30 years, USTDA has been connecting African project sponsors and U.S. companies, bringing innovative private sector solutions to development challenges. Across 38 countries in the region, USTDA has supported more than 560 activities generating more than $5 billion in exports of U.S. goods and services. USTDA is expanding its impact and engagement across the region through two U.S. government-wide initiatives – Prosper Africa and Power Africa – which support the Administration’s Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy. These initiatives align with USTDA’s mission and present an opportunity to generate new U.S. exports while responding to the region’s need for quality infrastructure solutions. In addition to supporting U.S. government-wide initiatives, USTDA launched Access Africa, an initiative to support the development of quality information & communication technology infrastructure services across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prosper Africa is a whole-of-government economic initiative to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa. This whole-of-government approach unlocks opportunities to do business in Africa, benefitting companies, investors, and workers in both Africa and the United States. Through its unique capabilities, USTDA is advancing the goals of Prosper Africa:
- Project Preparation: USTDA funds feasibility studies, technical assistance and pilot projects, highlighting cutting-edge U.S. solutions to develop sustainable energy, ICT, and transportation infrastructure throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Partnership Building: USTDA’s reverse trade missions bring foreign decision-makers to the United States to observe the design, manufacture and operation of U.S. products and services that can advance the delegates’ development goals. These visits allow U.S. businesses to establish and enhance relationships with overseas buyers. USTDA hosts conferences and workshops, providing U.S. firms the opportunity to meet one-on-one with overseas project sponsors and learn about project opportunities. Doing so provides delegates with the opportunity to learn about best practices and innovative U.S. solutions to support their infrastructure goals.
- USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI) supports the goals of Prosper Africa by training local public officials on procurement practices and policies that integrate life-cycle cost analysis and best value determination. The training aims to improve procurement outcomes and enable partner countries to develop sustainable infrastructure with overall savings to governments.
- Trade Leads: USTDA's Trade Leads contain real-time market intelligence on procurement opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets. Advertised tenders are either the result of previous USTDA-funded activities or have been provided by the Agency’s network of partners for direct delivery to U.S. companies.
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. Power Africa provides coordinated support from the U.S. public and private sectors to add cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity, benefiting residents and businesses across the continent.
In support of Power Africa, USTDA provides critical early‐stage planning to spur new power generation, and transmission and distribution infrastructure. These activities support a range of energy development and deployment from power generation to grid modernization, which 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.
Access Africa is a partnership between USTDA and U.S. industry leaders to support the development of quality ICT infrastructure and services across Sub-Saharan Africa. Working with public and private sectors across the continent, Access Africa brings together critical stakeholders and designs targeted programming to advance inclusive, secure, and sustainable connectivity.
Expanding Internet Access, Unlocking Imaginations: In 2013, USTDA partnered with the City of Cape Town on developing a digital inclusion strategy for townships outside of the city. Today, Cape Town has used technology from over 10 U.S. companies to extend internet connectivity to the townships, providing over 275 individual building connections and over 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. More than 2.7 million unique users have been connected to wireless internet at speeds many times faster than what was previously available. Additionally, the project spurred economic growth by providing employment and training to township residents.