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South Africa is the center of the global AIDS epidemic with an estimated 6.8 million people living with the disease.  USAID works with the South African Government, public and private sectors, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and faith-based partners to train and support health care and community based workers serving those with HIV/AIDS. In partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), more than 2.8 million people have received antiretroviral treatment, with more than 2.4 million HIV+ individuals receiving care and support, including for TB/HIV. USAID also works with South Africa’s Department of Social Development and nongovernmental organizations to provide care for more than 558,000 orphans and vulnerable children. Since 2004, PEPFAR has invested more than $4.6 billion dollars into fighting HIV and AIDS in South Africa.


USAID is working with the South African Government to address women’s rights and access to justice, building the capacity of civil society groups and regional organizations to advocate for the protection of human rights. The USAID-funded Thuthuzela Care Centre network provides support for rape and sexual assault survivors to ensure they do not experience secondary trauma while seeking justice and medical treatment. More than fifty rape crisis centers have been established. Located in public hospital facilities, the centers provide a range of services from emergency medical care, post-exposure prophylaxis, counseling, and court preparation. 


USAID’s School Capacity & Innovation Program (SCIP) is designed to improve primary grade reading outcomes by building teacher effectiveness and strengthening classroom and school management.  SCIP supports local South African projects that work directly with teachers and school management teams in innovative ways, in order to improve their practice as instructional leaders and managers.  


South Africa has a strong economic foundation; however suffers from income inequality, poverty, unemployment, and a lack of relevant job skills among historically disadvantaged populations. USAID advances financial sector innovation, evidence-based policy reform, and inclusive economic development. 

Working in partnership with the Government of South Africa, USAID is increasing access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises, improving market linkages for historically disadvantaged businesses and promoting evidence-based policy-making to maximize the effectiveness of public resources. USAID also promotes the Government of South Africa’s capacity to adopt policies and programs that foster economic growth, equity, and employment. 


USAID/South Africa supports climate-friendly, sustainable economic development within the region. South Africa, as both a significant contributor to and potential victim of climate change, has undertaken significant efforts to develop a more climate resilient, lower emissions, job-creating economy. With its unique role in the region and the potential to serve as a model for other countries, the U.S. government has recently partnered with South Africa to accelerate their transition and support their development of a Low Emissions Development Strategy. 


Through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, USAID is leveraging South Africa’s public and private sector, universities and other institution’s technical expertise and training capacity to enhance food security across the African continent. USAID is engaging South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to build capacity and support their efforts to assist countries in the region to enhance their food security. 


The Trilateral Assistance Program (TAP) allows USAID to support various small-scale development projects on the continent implemented by South African departments and agencies. Through these programs, the Government of South Africa provides technical assistance to other countries in Africa to promote peace, democracy and development. USAID is maximizing its development resources across the continent by supporting the GoSA to further our development priorities. This partnership is important politically to the USG in terms of cementing a sound relationship with South Africa given their significant influence in the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and the United Nations Security Council. The program provides a platform for the GoSA to enhance its capacity to promote and strengthen democratic norms, rule of law, good governance and human rights on the continent.

Last updated: December 05, 2016

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