USAID Administrator announces 'sub-Saharan' local development initiative

On September 19, 2022, during a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) event hosted by Peace Direct,  Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samatha Power announced a new locally-led development initiative for sub-Saharan Africa (meaning the regions of Eastern, Western, Central, and Southern Africa, as designated by the African Union), though information on specific partner countries was not provided.

This initiative will be modeled after the Centroamerica Locale Initiative, a US$300 million initiative launched by the Biden Administration in 2021 to address increasing immigration from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador through the use of development assistance. The initiative pilots the use of direct funding to the region to build capacity and relationships with local organizations.  

Powers did not provide details on either funding or timeframes for the new initiative but said that more information is forthcoming.

News report - Devex