U.S. 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.

U.S. 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.

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Data Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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Transaction Data | USADF

Transaction data represents every individual financial record in an agency’s accounting system for program work with implementing partners and administrative expenses. Transaction data is the most granular form of financial data. Each data record - or financial transaction - contains qualitative data fields, including descriptive titles, vendor names, and location, along with the financial data. Thus, transaction data is called Disaggregated data as it disaggregates financial data into its most basic form.

The data shown above in the planned, obligated, and spent tabs represents transaction data aggregated at a higher level of analysis (by country and sector only), thus this data is called Aggregated data.

The table below displays every applicable award within each agency’s accounting system. An award may consist of multiple financial transactions. In these instances, the table displays the award’s aggregated sum of its individual transactions. Data from the table can be downloaded by selecting each individual award. The downloadable report disaggregates award data into individual transactions. If an award has multiple transactions, the downloadable report will generate lines of data for each transaction.

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Frequently Asked Questions | USADF

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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