The key objectives of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub are to increase international competitiveness, intra-regional trade and food security in Southern Africa. Activities include:
The Trade and Investment Hub is supported by USAID and works closely with the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub is proud to co-sponsor Source Africa, the continent’s most important textile, apparel and footwear sourcing event. Source Africa attracts hundreds of buyers and producers from across the continent and around the world. Keep tabs on this page and follow The African Advantage on Twitter (@AfricaAdvantag) for regular updates!
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Question: What is objective of the Strategic Partnership Fund?
Answer: The Strategic Partnership Fund will focus primarily on opportunities to:
Q: What is an Annual Program Statement (APS)?
A: The Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub intends to support a variety of creative approaches towards creating a well-integrated regional economy that delivers tangible economic benefits and improved food security for the people of the region through increased global competitiveness, intra-regional trade and investment through an Annual Program Statement (APS) to generate competition for these awards. An APS is a call for applications from the Southern Africa community. More specifically, the Trade and Investment Hub’s APS is our invitation to the business community to work with the private sector, foundations, NGOs, associations, consulting firms and others to jointly identify and define problems, challenges, and opportunities we can effectively address by working together.
Q: What is the application process?
A: The application process involves two stages. Applicants must first submit a Concept Paper for consideration. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to submit a Full Technical and Cost Application.
Q: How do I apply?
Q: How much can I apply for?
A: There is no specified amount; however, all requests must include a budget justifying requested funding.
Q: What type documents need to submit?
A complete list of documents required for application is specified in section (IV, 3,a) of APS on website: http://www.satihub.com/spfund.
Q: I have questions about the APS. How do I submit those questions?
Q: Is there training provided?
A: Information sessions outlining the Strategic Partnership Fund and application procedures will be held across the SADC region. Please see the upcoming events section (at the bottom of this page) for the dates and locations of upcoming Information Sessions.
Q: How long will it take to get feedback from Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub?
A: We will begin to review applications on the closing date – June 19, 2017 – in the order in which they were received. While the APS is open until November 19, 2017, applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Q: I do not have a company. As an individual, can I still apply?
A: Individuals are not eligible for funding under the Strategic Partnership Fud. Eligible organizations include industry associations, Medium, Small, and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs), cooperatives, civil society and other entities.
Q: What is the criteria for selection?
A: Criteria for the selection of a grantee as a Strategic Intervention include:
Q: What is a matching fund contribution and why is it important?
A: Matching fund contribution is any source of monetized contribution to the proposed activity. Contributions can be either cash or in-kind or third party and can include contributions from Applicant, local counterpart organizations, project clients, the relevant Government(s), and other donors (but not other U.S. Government funding sources). Matching fund contributions show a commitment from the applicant to the proposed activity and allow the Trade and Investment Hub to extend assistance to more organizations.
Q: What is an “In-kind” contribution, and can it be considered as a matching fund.
A: An “In-kind” contribution is any contribution of goods and services, e.g. office space, work force, etc. which can be monetized. In-kind contributions are considered as matching fund contributions.
What is the Strategic Partnership Fund?
Read our brochure for a general introduction
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How do I apply for funding?
We're now accepting applications through our Annual Program Statement. Download the full document for application instructions (pdf).
Attachment F: Applicant Information Summary Page
Attachment G: Applicant Past Performance Page
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply? What's the application process?
Windhoek, Namibia: May 23 RSVP
Johannesburg, South Africa: June 1 RSVP
Maseru, Lesotho: June 8 RSVP
The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub is a proud implementing partner of two U.S. presidential initiatives, Trade Africa and Feed the Future.
Trade Africa is a partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa to increase internal and regional trade within Africa, and expand trade and economic ties among Africa, the United States, and other global markets.
Feed the Future works from farms to markets to tables to improve incomes and nutrition. Our goal is to reduce the prevalence of poverty and the prevalence of stunted children (a measure of undernutrition) each by 20 percent in the areas where we work. This means more families will be able to lift themselves out of poverty and pay for things like nutritious food, education and health care.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world.