The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) is an independent U.S. government agency established by Congress to invest in African grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. USADF's investments promote local economic development by increasing incomes, revenues and jobs, and creating pathways to prosperity for marginalized populations and underserved communities.
Over the last five years, throughout Africa, with an emphasis on the Horn, Sahel and Great Lakes regions, USADF has invested more than $115 million dollars directly into over 1,000 African-owned and African-led small- and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurs, and community organizations, and impacted over 4 million lives.
USADF focuses on fragile states and frontier markets, with an emphasis on the Sahel, the Horn, and the Great Lakes regions of Africa. We currently operate in 21 African countries, but have made investments in nearly 40 African countries to date.
At the core of USADF’s programming is our direct connection to African ingenuity and African solutions. Africans lead our country teams and implement our African-led development model through 100% African local implementing partners. USADF Headquarters in Washington, D.C. coordinates with each of the country teams led by Country Program Coordinators.