USADF builds pathways to self-reliance and prosperity by taking the lead from African social entrepreneurs and enterprises on their development needs and solutions.
Over the past five-year period (2017-2021), USADF awarded close to US$12 million in grants to more than 365 African enterprises for job training and placement programs so youth and women obtain new skills and better chances to secure employment. We also provided funding to social entrepreneurs for them to start and scale businesses and create employment opportunities in their communities.
A Focus on Youth and Women Entrepreneurship and Job Training
USADF selects Africa’s top young entrepreneurs from the U.S. Government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship — the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) — to receive catalytic seed funding through highly competitive business plan competitions. Since 2014 in nearly 40 African countries we have invested over US$6 million in more than 285 YALI entrepreneurs’ social enterprises, in partnership with Citi Foundation.
Through a U.S. Government partnership with the U.S. Department of State, we are providing up to US$10 million in catalytic seed funding to promising African women graduates of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) between 2020 and 2025.