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African Development Foundation

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The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) is the only U.S. government’s development agency 100% dedicated to development in Africa. Since 1980, USADF has helped lift millions from poverty and put local community organizations, cooperatives, and small enterprises on a path to prosperity. Each year, USADF’s portfolio of 350 active project grants benefits over 1.5 million Africans promoting economic growth in hard to reach communities across 19 countries.

The USADF is a public sector corporation established to support African-designed and African-driven solutions. USADF is funded primarily from U.S. Congressional appropriations through the Foreign Assistance Act, but also leverages donated funds from African host country governments, private corporations, and other philanthropic foundations. For more information please redirect to www.usadf.gov.

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African Development Foundation Data

U.S. government agencies report data quarterly to ForeignAssistance.gov to comply with the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA). Each agency is required by FATAA to report data for FY2015 as the minimum base year, although some agencies have reported data prior to FY2015. Agency reporting completeness for FY2015 onward is captured below.

Data Last Updated: 3/6/2020

Requested Funding By Fiscal Year | ADF

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Appropriated Funding By Fiscal Year | ADF

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Obligated Funding By Fiscal Year | ADF

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Spent Funding By Fiscal Year | ADF

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Award Table | ADF

U.S. agencies issue awards to implementing partners for the purpose of delivering foreign assistance abroad. These awards are the basis of the data available on this page. An award consists of individual financial transactions that agencies report to ForeignAssistance.gov each quarter. Award data includes quantitative information, like the aggregate amount of funding agencies have obligated or spent for particular activities, as well as qualitative information, like activity titles, descriptions, locations, and implementers.

The below table displays the foreign assistance awards agencies made, as reported by their accounting systems. Please note that this data represents aggregations of transaction-level information as reported by agencies, based on available fields at the time of reporting. Actual award totals may be higher if agencies have not yet reported transactions for certain years of a given award.

Click on the arrow next to an individual award to see additional details like links to strategies, evaluations, and budgets; select multiple awards and then tap the download button to unlock a customized dataset with detailed information on each transaction.

ForeignAssistance.gov publishes new data every two to three weeks. To see what we’re publishing, visit our What’s New page. For a primer on the kinds of data we offer, read our Understanding the Data page. And for everything else, consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Frequently Asked Questions | ADF

How is USADF different from other U.S. foreign assistance programs?

USADF is the only U.S. government agency 100% dedicated to development in Africa. USADF awards development grants of $250,000 or less directly to community groups and enterprises in Africa. USADF utilizes a participatory, African-led and African-managed development model. USADF has no expatriate staff located in Africa. Because USADF is a very small organization (annual budget $30 million) it can move with speed and agility in ways that other larger institutions can’t. This provides USADF with the ability to operate in many remote conflict and post conflict areas across Africa.

How do people benefit from USADF Foreign Assistance Programs?

The majority of USADF grants focus on increasing food production capabilities and expanding economic growth opportunities for cooperatives and associations involved in agriculture. Increased production, better market access and trade opportunities translate into higher income levels for small holder farmers. Higher incomes in turn give families greater economic independence and access to better social services such as education, healthcare, and housing.

Are USADF foreign assistance Programs sustainable?

Yes, USADF grants result in increased agricultural production capabilities, improved business and marketing practices and sustained business outcomes. Annual survey data indicates that 80% of USADF grantees continue operations after the grant support ends.

Who can receive an USADF grant?

USADF grants are available to non-governmental African organizations, cooperatives, and associations that exist to improve the well-being of their members through engagement in sustainable enterprises such as farming, artisan work, or other value add processing activities. USADF grants are limited to specific countries where USADF has an operational presence.

What is a USADF grant?

There are three basic forms of an ADF grant. The “Operational Assistance Grant” (OAG) focuses on developing the group’s internal management, planning and accounting functions so that it is better positioned to effectively use a larger development grant. OAG are limited to $100,000 or less. A second grant type is an “Enterprise Expansion Grant” (EEG). The size of an EEG ranges from $120,000 to $250,000. The EEG is intended to help organizations expand their production and marketing capabilities in order to achieve increased revenues and incomes levels for their members. A third type of grant is called a Cooperative Agreement (CA). The CA typically provides funding for African Partner Organizations that in turn provide technical assistance to OAG and EEG grantees.

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