U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Title U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Funding Bracket Minimum and a maximum
Facility Objectives

For over 30 years, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has provided important early project planning assistance in Africa and around the world, while also providing assess to U.S. technologies and expertise.

USTDA funds project planning activities that support the development of sustainable infrastructure around the world, including more than 500 in sub-Saharan Africa. This infrastructure – including energy, ICT and transportation – forms the bedrock of sustainable economies and facilitates local, regional and global trade. The hallmark of USTDA’s assistance is establishing links between U.S. companies and African project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to development challenges.

USTDA evaluates projects based on three criteria:

  • Development priority in the host country;
  • Financial viability, including likelihood of receiving implementation financing and a procurement process that provides equal access to U.S. firms; and
  • Mutual benefit for stakeholders at home and abroad, including the opportunity for sales of U.S. goods and services.

 

 

Key activities Our grants, which range in size from $250,000 to over $2 million, support several types of activities:
  • USTDA funds pre-feasibility and feasibility studies in order to provide the required comprehensive analysis for infrastructure projects to achieve successful financing and implementation.
  • USTDA funds technical assistance to provide technical analysis, design, legal and/or advisory support related to commercial activities and infrastructure development (e.g. advanced engineering and design, environmental impact analysis, legal and regulatory services, equipment vendors & EPC contractor identification, project structuring activities, etc.).
  • USTDA funds pilot projects in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of U.S. technological solutions and provide the analysis, evaluation and empirical data needed to secure funding.
 USTDA tracks the implementation (rather than financial close) of its projects for up to 10 years after funding. The majority of USTDA-funded projects have gone on to be implemented to some degree.

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Institution Details

Title U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Person responsible Leocadia I. Zak, Director
E-mail, phone number and mailing address

For African projects:

Lida Fitts, Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa (acting)

+1-703-875-4357

1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1600

Arlington, VA 22209

 

 

Facility Objectives

For over 30 years, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has provided important early project planning assistance in Africa and around the world, while also providing assess to U.S. technologies and expertise.

USTDA funds project planning activities that support the development of sustainable infrastructure around the world, including more than 500 in sub-Saharan Africa. This infrastructure – including energy, ICT and transportation – forms the bedrock of sustainable economies and facilitates local, regional and global trade. The hallmark of USTDA’s assistance is establishing links between U.S. companies and African project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to development challenges.

USTDA evaluates projects based on three criteria:

  • Development priority in the host country;
  • Financial viability, including likelihood of receiving implementation financing and a procurement process that provides equal access to U.S. firms; and
  • Mutual benefit for stakeholders at home and abroad, including the opportunity for sales of U.S. goods and services.

 

 

Facility URL www.ustda.gov
Key activities Our grants, which range in size from $250,000 to over $2 million, support several types of activities:
  • USTDA funds pre-feasibility and feasibility studies in order to provide the required comprehensive analysis for infrastructure projects to achieve successful financing and implementation.
  • USTDA funds technical assistance to provide technical analysis, design, legal and/or advisory support related to commercial activities and infrastructure development (e.g. advanced engineering and design, environmental impact analysis, legal and regulatory services, equipment vendors & EPC contractor identification, project structuring activities, etc.).
  • USTDA funds pilot projects in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of U.S. technological solutions and provide the analysis, evaluation and empirical data needed to secure funding.
 USTDA tracks the implementation (rather than financial close) of its projects for up to 10 years after funding. The majority of USTDA-funded projects have gone on to be implemented to some degree.
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Key data and facts

Hosted by U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Contributors

USTDA is funded annually by the U.S. government. In fiscal year 2016, the Agency’s budget is approximately $60 million. Over the past 10 years, USTDA has spent over $100 million in sub-Saharan Africa.

Year established 1981
Total Capital
Amount committed since established
Amount disbursed since established
Type of finance provided
  • Grant
Capacity for new commitments
Funding Bracket Minimum and a maximum
Funding bracket - Current Average Grant size US$ 750,000

Eligibility criteria and exclusions

Beneficiaries
  • Private
  • Public
  • Public Private Partnership
Project types
  • Cross-border
  • National
  • Sub-national
Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • CEN-SAD
  • COMESA
  • EAC
  • ECCAS
  • ECOWAS
  • IGAD
  • SADC
  • UMA
Countries
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo-Brazzaville
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • São Tomé & Príncipe
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
Energy
  • Biomass
  • Electrical transmission/distribution
  • Gas distribution
  • Gas-fired power plants
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydro-electric power plants
  • Ocean power
  • Power generation/non-renewable sources
  • Power generation/renewable sources
  • Solar energy
  • Wind power
Transport
  • Air transport
  • Education and training in transport and storage
  • Rail transport
  • Water transport
ICT
  • ICT
Eligibility exclusions

USTDA supports projects in middle and lower income countries that are eligible to receive U.S. foreign assistance. USTDA supports projects with recipients in the public and private sectors and can also support regional efforts.

Supported project phases

Enabling environment
  • Designing regulatory approaches
  • Project-relevant institutional reforms
Project definition
  • Action planning (TORs, etc.)
  • Pre-feasibility studies
Project feasibility
  • Economic
  • Environmental studies
  • Financial/financial modelling
  • Organizational/administrative
  • Social
  • Technical/engineering
Project structuring
  • Legal structuring
  • Technical/engineering
Transaction support
  • Legal structuring
  • Technical/engineering
Post-implementation support
  • Evaluation
  • Monitoring

List of Projects

Project name:
Total project cost
Region/country
Main One Cable Project Feasibility Study
US$ 550,000
Nigeria
Project name:
Total project cost
Region/country
Cape Town Municipality Digital Inclusion Project Feasibility Study
US$ 315,000
South Africa
Project name:
Total project cost
Region/country
Bargny-Sendou Bulk Port Feasibility Study
US$ 1,038,845
Senegal
Project name:
Total project cost
Region/country
Rwaza I & II Hydropower Projects Technical Assistance
US$ 525,000
Rwanda
Project name:
Total project cost
Region/country
Solafrica 100 MW CSP Power Plant Feasibility Study
US$ 800,000
South Africa
Projects supported since Facility established (Total number) 500
Projects supported reaching financial close since Facility established (Total number) 888

Application process

Application process

USTDA awards grant funds to overseas project sponsors for a variety of activities, including technical assistance, training programs, or early investment analysis/feasibility studies. Our program responds to priorities that overseas project sponsors establish for themselves. If necessary, USTDA can provide assistance to help project sponsors to define their priorities.

The agency's targeted brand of foreign assistance provides overseas project sponsors with access to U.S. private sector expertise in the pursuit of key development objectives. Grant recipients are required to select U.S. firms to perform USTDA-funded activities, however, there is no further obligation to procure U.S. goods or services once a USTDA activity is complete.

Overseas project sponsors are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate USTDA regional team to discuss specific project concepts for potential USTDA grant funding. Inquiries and project descriptions should be sent via e-mail to the USTDA regional staff. For sub-Saharan Africa, please email: Africa@ustda.gov.

If the project is accepted at this initial stage, USTDA will fund a preliminary technical and financial analysis of the project. Based on this analysis, USTDA will determine eligibility for project preparation support.

 

 

Application Documents
Application process URL http://www.ustda.gov/

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