Co-Investment Opportunities


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.


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-1021-CBC West Africa-Round-2 – English

Amendment 1

APS-1021-CBC West Africa ( 2e Tour)– French

Amendment 1

Research and Development (Nigeria)

Under this notice of funding opportunity, the Trade Hub is soliciting applications from Research institutions, private sector companies, non-governmental organizations, and public organizations that have proven and marketable technologies and innovations to improve smallholder farmers’ productivity and livelihoods in Nigeria.

The Trade Hub works in seven states in Nigeria (Benue, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger states) to introduce innovations to increase yields targeting five value chains (maize, rice, soy, cowpea, and aquaculture), promote better nutritional practices, and ensure food security.

APS-1247-Research & Development-Round-2

Amendment 1 

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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