• Promoting Finance and Investment
    Promoting Finance and Investment
  • Trade Promotion and AGOA
    Trade Promotion and AGOA
  • Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains
  • Expanding Agribusiness and Trade
    Expanding Agribusiness and Trade
  • Improving Regional Trade Facilitation
    Improving Regional Trade Facilitation
  • Improving Regional Trade
    Improving Regional Trade
The Strategic Partnership Fund furthers the goals and impact of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub by supporting interventions to catalyze rapid and inclusive economic growth across the region. Industry associations, Medium, Small, and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs), cooperatives, civil society and other entities are encouraged to apply. Resources on this page provide detailed information on eligibility, types of initiatives intended for grant support, and how to apply!
*** Update as of January 15, 2018 ***
*** Please note that the Trade Hub is currently not accepting new grant applications ***
*** Applicants who participated in 2017 will be contacted ***
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Questions and Answers Answers to your questions, received via email, are now available here. The period to ask questions formally closed June 16. 
Deadlines Extended ! Please note the following changes in the deadlines.
Deadline to submit questions has been extended to Friday, June 16, 2017, at 17:00 (GMT+2). Questions should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deadline for the first wave of concept notes has been extended to Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Submit concept notes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Call for Applications Revision
Please note that the Annual Program Statement has been revised:
Read the revised document here.
An Applicant Information Summary Page has been added (Attachment F)
An Applicant Past Performance Page has been added (Attachment G)
What is the Strategic Partnership Fund?
Read our brochure for a general introduction
How do I apply for funding?
We're now accepting applications through our Annual Program Statement. Download the full document for application instructions (pdf).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply? What's the application process?
Upcoming Events
Information Sessions:
Windhoek, Namibia: May 23    RSVP
Johannesburg, South Africa: June 1   RSVP
Maseru, Lesotho: June 8   RSVP   

Focus Group Meeting in ChipataUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is conducting gender research and training for Ammtech/COMACO, a strategic partnership grantee, to support the Trade Hub’s goal of integrating gender into the policies and procedures of grantee organizations. Semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, and questionnaires are all being employed to identify factors constraining women’s participation in grant activities and reveal gender dynamics in Zambia and the COMACO groundnut value chain.

BURS TrainingFrom October 5-7, 2015, the Trade Hub sponsored delegates from Malawi and Namibia to the 4th International Single Window Conference hosted by the African Alliance for E-Commerce (AACE) in Brazzaville, Congo. The theme for the conference was “How Single Windows can facilitate implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).” The delegates will use the information and expertise gained from the conference, and consultations with representatives from Kenya and Ghana, to help inform critical decisions on Single Window operational structures and financing models.

Photo: An exhibitor at the 2015 Source Africa show talks to a potential buyerIn February 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored six apparel companies from Lesotho and one from Botswana to exhibit at MAGIC in Las Vegas, the largest fashion trade show in the world. In June 2014 and June 2015, the USAID/Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored Source Africa, a textiles and apparel trade event in Cape Town involving collaboration between the Trade Hub, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and LTE - a South African woman-owned event management company.

KZN Textiles & Apparel PromotionDuring the week of September 7-11, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub accompanied a delegation from the US Consulate in Durban on a visit to Newcastle and Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The delegation, headed by Consul General Frances Chisholm, met with textile and apparel companies, business leaders, and government officials to promote bilateral trade and investment.

Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority Board Makes Study Visit to Namibia to Observe Clean Energy InstallationsUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a best practices exchange trip for the board of Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority (REA) to observe rural electrification project installations in Namibia from May 17-23, 2015. 

Trade Hub Director of Trade Facilitation Brian Glancy addresses the WCO ConferenceUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented at the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Information Technology Conference and Exhibition May 6-8, 2015, in Freeport, Bahamas on the topic “Efficient Transit Solutions for Reducing Costs of Trading.”

Change Management Training Prepares Countries for National Single WindowUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted Change Management training for senior managers from government and parastatal organizations from April 28-30, 2015, in Swakopmund, Namibia. The training provided future members of the Single Window Technical Committee with a common understanding of effective change management strategy and how it will help to ensure smooth implementation of the National Single Window (NSW) program in Namibia.

Gender Mainstreamed in Implementation of Trade Hub GrantsAs part of the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub’s Strategic Partnership Grant to restore soil composition and fertility and livelihood enhancement through crop rotation in Manica Province, Mozambique, the Trade Hub hosted a four-day Gender Training Workshop for farmers engaged in grant implementation.


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