East Africa Private Sector Engagement in Support of Prosper Africa APS

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

USAID seeks to partner with the private sector, implementing partners, business associations and other interested organizations to facilitate increased two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa in support of the Prosper Africa initiative. This initiative aims to substantially increase two-way private sector trade transactions between the United States and Africa by: ● Increasing United States investments in Africa and increased African investments in the United States. ● Establishing new mechanisms that facilitate increased trade and investment. ● Reducing barriers to trade and investment.

In general, the East Africa Prosper APS seeks to support exceptional and innovative solutions to rapidly, transparently and sustainably grow two-way trade and investment between the United States and East Africa in support of the Prosper Africa initiative. USAID welcomes, in addition to its traditional implementing partners, submissions from non-traditional partners who aim to fill the gap between trade and investment activities. Proposed activities should facilitate market-driven solutions that lower risk, advance competitiveness, increase the availability of data analytics and actionable market intelligence, establish communications channels for timely market alerts, strengthen business networks and advocacy and enact policy changes that turn around near-term benefits to market players. Furthermore, activities should support the Kenya and East Africa’s Journey to Self-Reliance3 , specifically the commitment and capacity targets such as the Business Environment and Trade Freedom (on the commitment side) and/or Diversification of Exports (on the capacity side). Individual windows, if issued, will provide more specific information about the types of activities and approaches supported under that window.  
 

APS Close Date: November 21, 2020

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Areas of Interest

​​Promoting two-way trade and investment: Window #1: under East Africa Private Sector Engagement in Support of the Prosper Africa Annual Program Statement (APS)

Window Close Date: May 22, 2020

Concept Notes received will be reviewed every 90 days. Therefore, the first review of concepts will occur by February 21, 2020. USAID reserves the right to review concepts earlier. Applicants are encouraged to submit concepts earlier in the process as the Window may be closed earlier once the amount of available funding is granted. 

This window of the APS seeks to support exceptional and innovative solutions to rapidly, transparently and sustainably grow two-way trade and investment between the United States and East Africa in support of the Prosper Africa initiative. Proposed activities should facilitate marketdriven solutions that lower risk, advance competitiveness, increase the availability of data analytics and actionable market intelligence, establish communications channels for timely market alerts, strengthen business networks and advocacy and enact policy changes that turn around near- term benefits to market players. Proposed activities may include USAID support for co-investments with private sector firms that demonstrate a catalytic impact. Additionally, proposed activities may target specific industry sectors or geographical areas in East Africa.  

USAID encourages concepts from traditional implementing partners and non-traditional partners who aim to creatively address trade and investment activities. Applicants should seek to leverage outside resources to increase the impact of the program. Concept notes submitted to USAID under this APS window should complement and not duplicate current bilateral and/or regional activities in East Africa. Furthermore, all new USAID activities should support the Kenya and East Africa’s Journey to Self-Reliance1 , specifically the commitment and capacity targets such as the Business Environment and Trade Freedom (on the commitment side) and/or Diversification of Exports (on the capacity side). 

 

Eligibility Requirements

USAID welcomes concept papers from any type of organization that has the capability to carry out international development programs. While not an exhaustive list and provided for illustrative purposes only, the following types of organizations are encouraged to participate: U.S. and non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, foundations, cooperatives, international organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities, civic groups, regional organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. private businesses, and business/trade associations. USAID encourages applications from potential new partners. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. Please note the eligibility may be further restricted under each individual window.

There are no limits on the number of awards that may be made by missions under this APS to a single organization. However, if an applicant has submitted a concept paper which has not been successful they must consult with USAID prior to submitting a subsequent application under that window. If the USAID Mission declines to accept another concept paper they will provide an explanation of the reasons why an additional concept paper will not be considered at that time.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 21, 2020