The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) believes the future of development is enterprise-driven. As the lead U.S. development agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential, USAID has always aimed to demonstrate American generosity, advance global economic prosperity, and promote its partners’ path to self-reliance.
Prosper Africa is a U.S. Government Initiative that unlocks opportunities to do business in Africa — benefiting companies, investors, and workers both in Africa and the United States. The Goal — Substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa.
The Trade Hub is implemented by a consortium of highly experienced organizations led by Creative Associates International based in Washington, D.C.
Creative Associates International is a leading implementer of global development programming with proven expertise in economic growth and grants administration and a strong presence in West Africa. Creative provides overall program implementation and administers and manages grants. Around the world, Creative works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, elections, economic growth, citizen security, governance, and transitions from conflict to peace. Creative was founded in 1977 and is minority-owned and operated. Other implementing partners include:
Dalberg, an innovative private sector firm experienced in developing blended finance models and equity funds in West Africa, with a focus on women entrepreneurs. Dalberg was founded in New York and now has offices in 19 countries. It will specialize in the design of private sector partnerships and technical assistance for the Trade Hub.
Pragma is a U.S.-based small business with expertise in facilitating trade, increasing competitiveness, and creating sustainable jobs. Pragma will support the Trade Hub in creating private-sector partnerships and meeting African Growth and Opportunity Act requirements.
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture is the Trade Hub’s key agricultural partner with current programming in Nigeria and past experience in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and other Feed the Future target countries in West Africa. CNFA, based in Washington, leads the award and management of research and development grants in Nigeria for the Hub.
Connexus Corp., headquartered in Virginia, is a consulting firm that designs sustainable, market-based development strategies to connect local economies with global markets. It will oversee public-private partnerships for the Trade Hub.
Fraym is an innovative U.S. small business specializing in data and satellite imagery that supports monitoring, evaluation, and learning for the Trade Hub through geographic information systems solutions