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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:45am

Accra, Ghana – On Monday, August 14th, Dignity DTRT Limited in collaboration with USAID launched the Ghana Apparel Manufacturing Expansion project under the Global Development Alliance (GAME-GDA) in Accra, Ghana. 

GAME-GDA is a cooperative agreement between USAID and Dignity DTRT Limited that will provide training for 1,337 people and create 1,187 new apparel-making jobs. Around 80% of these jobs will be filled by women, many whom lack job skills and come from low-income backgrounds. A number of these women are also out-of-school adolescents. This expanded partnership will also add millions a year in new apparel exports from Ghana to the U.S.; duty and quota free under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

At the end of the workshop participants took a family pictures
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00am

More than 80 public and private stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire’s apparel industry gathered for an indepth discussion to support the development of the country’s AGOA national strategy. The October 18-19 workshop, organized by the USAID Trade Hub, the Ministry of Trade, and the African Development Bank (AfDB), explained how the Ivorian apparel industry can reap the benefits of the preferential tariffs offered under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Millions of women in Africa find employment in the shea industry
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 12:30pm

The Global Shea Alliance (GSA) African Cosmetics Exhibition (ACE) showcases African artisanal brands producing high-quality shea-based products.  The annual event has connected 40 cosmetic companies with 1500+ buyers.  This year the GSA in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development and Technoserve will sponsor 36 GSA member organizations (listed below) to attend the ProBeauty trade show in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 28th –29th and trade + impact in Ifrane, Morocco on September 19th– 23rd.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 8:00am

Accra, Ghana – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced a five-year program, SERVIR West Africa. This program will promote the use of satellite imagery to help improve the West Africa region’s resilience, to lessen negative impacts of climate change, to ensure that land use management is sustainable, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the onset of this program, West Africa becomes part of the Global SERVIR network, which includes Eastern and Southern Africa, the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region, and the Mekong River Basin.

Emptying the tarp after weighing the cotton harvest
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 1:30pm

Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) today announced a new partnership to advance the UEMOA Cotton Agenda for a more productive and competitive cotton sector in West Africa.

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 2:45pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), and the Industrial Promotion Services of West Africa (IPS(WA)) announce a groundbreaking and innovative public-private partnership that will promote telemedicine to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:45am

The Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West Africa Regional Development Program (STEWARD), a joint initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Forest Service International Program in conjunction with the Mano River Union, is coming to an end after successfully working to improve natural resources management in the Upper Guinean Tropical Forest since 2007. STEWARD has helped to build a constituency for forest conservation and strengthen sustainable livelihoods in trans-boundary priority zones in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire.

Gwendoline Abunaw and Matthew Smith shaking hands at the announcement of the partnership between USAID and Ecobank Cameroon.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 2:15am

Today, U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Ecobank Cameroon SA announced a new partnership that will mobilize up to U.S. $3.7 million of local financing over eight years for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the health sector in Cameroon.  Financing will be made available via loans to health SMEs and NGOs which provide family planning, reproductive health and maternal/child health services or products.

YALI West Africa Regional Advisory Board Chair, Victorine Kambe Sarr addressing the conference
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 11:45am

Over 160 young leaders from 21 West African countries gathered in Accra, Ghana, to share their expertise and engage on critical issues for the future of Africa. In support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, USAID and IREX organized the 2nd West Africa Regional Conference for Mandela Washington Fellows in Accra from May 19 – 21, 2016. Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs, public servants, and community activists who are effecting positive change in their communities.

Ghana's Vice President Amissah-Arthur and USAID Assistant Administrator Linda Etim cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the building
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:15am

Accra, Ghana - Today, May 20, 2016, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) inaugurated the new building of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center West Africa - Accra, on the GIMPA campus.

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