Co-Investment Opportunities

Overview


The Trade Hub aims to co-invest in activities that create new jobs, generate high levels of private investment, increase the value of exports and/or sales, empower women and the youth, and introduce innovations to modernize agriculture. Eligible partners include private sector companies, research institutions, universities, and non-profit/for-profit organizations.

Annual Program Statements


An Annual Program Statement (APS) is a grant solicitation tool that USAID uses to support creative and innovative solutions to challenging problems in developing countries. Via co-investment agreements using grant funding, it helps stakeholders and USAID work together to build transformational partnerships that foster and leverage market-based approaches to solve critical business and development challenges.

The co-investment activities cover a wide range of business sectors and the Trade Hub focuses on the following areas:

  • Agriculture and modernisation of agricultural practices, particularly under the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative in Nigeria.
  • Access to finance for SMEs by supporting financial institutions.
  • Export promotion of raw materials and processed goods, notably to the U.S. duty free under AGOA.
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in Senegal.
  • Biodiversity and ecotourism in Liberia.

Initiatives


Catalytic Business Concepts

Under this APS, the Trade Hub seeks partners investing in catalytic businesses with large-scale development impacts. Priorities for the region include Nigeria, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger, and ECOWAS countries. The Trade Hub aims to co-invest in activities that contribute to:

  • Increased value of exports and/or sales
  • Creation of new private sector jobs
  • Increased access to financing for firms and farmers
  • Improved technologies and management practices

Proposed activities will be evaluated on several factors, with the most important being their ability to achieve significant commercial-scale results through market-based approaches that include co-investment from private funding sources to advance the project.

APS-WATIH-173-Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in Nigeria

The Co-Investment Process


Step 1: Click here to register your company/institution on the System for Managing Activities, Reporting, and Tracking (SMART) platform to determine your eligibility.

Step 2: Following registration, review guidelines and submit a brief concept note or application.

Step 3: If you submit a concept note and your firm is selected, you will be asked to complete a full application. Technical assistance will be provided, if necessary.

Step 4: Applications will be reviewed, and due diligence completed.

Step 5: Award recipients will be notified.

Step 6: Partners will be administered funds, receive technical assistance, launch their project, and provide regular reports on project activities and obtainment of key indicators.

Step 7: The co-investment partnership will be closed out, and partners will submit a detailed report showing the impact on key indicators.

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