Fact Sheet: Trilateral Assistance Program, June 2013


South-South cooperation (SSC) has increased its relevance in the new aid architecture as an efficient tool to develop capacities, especially among developing countries. The Accra Agenda for Action of September 2008 on aid effectiveness underlined the significance of the SSC as an effective and inclusive instrument to realize the potential of middle-income countries as both recipients and providers of devleopment assistance.


Through the TAP, USAID has provided nearly $7 million to support South Africa as a regional leader in advancing African economic and social development.  The program aims to promote peace, security and stability in the region through developing South Africa’s national capacities to provide training and capacity development, exchange programs, and targeted technical assistance to meet African development challenges.  Specifically, USAID supports the National Treasury’s International Development Cooperation arm to implement a robust development program that is aligned with USG foreign policy interests.  Leveraging South African government departments and their civil society and private partners, USAID multiplies its development impact through demand driven development initiatives in other countries.


1. Improve South African technical, financial and managerial capacity to implement strategic development programs in collaboration with other African countries.

2. Advance an effective trilateral assistance framework that can serve as a model and influence other bilateral and multilateral donor support. 

3. Ensure a legacy for the U.S. government’s development assistance long after funding ceases.

4. Leverage South African development leadership in support of priority development initiatives.

Last updated: December 03, 2015