October 7, 2015

The Regional Portfolio supports programming across the 15 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries in economic growth.  These programs contribute to U.S. Presidential Initiatives in Feed the Future, Trade Africa, Power and Trade Africa (PATA), the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Global Climate Change (GCC), and work to advance trade, regional food security, and clean energy programs.  

October 6, 2015


October 6, 2015

The Trade Hub’s agricultural activities are driven by USAID’s Feed the Future Strategy and focus on intra-regional trade in targeted value chains: maize, soybeans and groundnuts. Primary support is directed to the Feed the Future focal countries within the region (Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) with special emphasis on encouraging investment and technology transfer from South African or-ganizations in line with USAID’s Strategic Partnership with South Africa.

October 1, 2015

Swaziland launched a new early maturing, drought tolerant and high yielding Maize seed known as MRI 514. This hybrid maize seed introduction is a success story for regional trade and integration, food security and cooperation within SADC.

October 1, 2015

Basic Function of Position

USAID/Southern Africa’s Regional Financial Management Office (RFMO) provides: a) financial services to USAID missions in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, as well as the non-presence countries of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland; b) oversight to a total of twelve financial management staff (including three chief accountants) in client Missions; and c) support for USAID regional technical programs. RFMO services include accounting, audit management, budgeting, payment processing, technical guidance, and staffing coverage.

Swazi farmer Mr. Khanyile receiving the high yielding maize seed MRI 514
September 29, 2015

A new hybrid seed well-suited to Swaziland’s farming community has just been introduced into the country. The seed, MRI 514, is an early-maturing, drought-tolerant and has a potential yield of ten metric tons per hectare.  Adoption of this variety could significantly increase the average smallholder’s yield, currently less than two metric tons per hectare.  


USAID in the News

USAID Water Programs in Africa

Aug 1, 2013: Read about USAID's water programs in Africa in the testimony of Christian Holmes, Global Water Coordinator, before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organizations. Read more.

Behind the Scenes: Interview with Jeff Borns on Democracy-Building in Southern Africa

June 27, 2013: This blog is part of a new interview USAID Impact Blog series called “Behind the Scenes.” It includes interviews with USAID leaders, program implementers, Mission Directors, and development issue experts who help fulfill USAID’s mission.  They are a casual behind-the-scenes look into USAID’s daily effort to deliver economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world — and the results we’ve seen.  Recently, we chatted with Jeff Borns, Mission Director of USAID South Africa to learn more about our democracy-building initiatives in the region and how they impact governance at local levels.  Read more.

World Oceans Day - Sink or Swim?

June 8, 2013: “Healthy oceans are imperative for the well-being of humankind,” explains Doreen Robinson, USAID’s Environment Team Leader for the Southern Africa. “While nearly one billion people rely on fish as their only source of protein, oceans regulate the global climate (including the rise and fall in both sea levels and temperature) and provide an economic backbone for millions of people.”  In honor of the upcoming World Oceans Day (June 8, 2013), the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) highlights the effective biodiversity conversation and livelihoods support occurring in the Indian Ocean surrounding the Seychelles Islands. Read more.

2013 Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum)

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in association with the United States Government, will host the 2013 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum also known as the AGOA Forum, on August 12-13, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of this year’s AGOA Forum is “Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology.” The Ministerial-level event will include a high level dialogue on the future of U.S.-Africa trade and economic cooperation.  Read more.

USAID Administrator Meets with Young African Leaders

May 10, 2013: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah met with a group of Young Global Leaders from Africa and several youth-focused organizations today at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss ways the Obama Administration can support Africa’s emerging leaders. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique and diverse community of more than 700 exceptional young leaders who have been chosen in recognition of their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments, and contributions to society. Read more.

USAID, AfDB, Government of Sweden Announce Agriculture Fast Track

May 9, 2013: Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Donald Kaberuka, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB); and Gunilla Carlsson, the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, announced the creation of the Agriculture Fast Track, a $25 million dollar first-of-its-kind fund that will spur greater private investment in agriculture infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more.

Botswana: U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael J. Murphy Launches Three Conservation Projects in Visit to Maun

United States Chargé d’Affaires Michael Murphy will visit Maun on March 7 – 8 for a series of official events, focusing on conservation-related projects and other U.S.-supported activities in the area. Chargé Murphy will present keynote remarks at a ceremony to celebrate the launch of three rural development and conservation grants in the Ngamiland Region. Read more.

Pusha Love Arrives in Lesotho

After nine-months in the making, Pusha Love has arrived! A movement that celebrates healthy living as a means to achieving individual dreams, Pusha Love promises to change the way each of us thinks about our health, life, relationships, and what it means to love oneself and others. Read more.

USAID Partner Receives International Recognition for Combating Climate Change and Reducing Disaster Risks

Long-term USAID partner the Africa Centre for Holistic Management (ACHM), based in Matabeleland North Province, was last month named the winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge for devising progressive land management techniques to combat climate change. Read more.

New Southern Africa Trade Hub Targets Increased Competitiveness

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officially launched the new Southern Africa Trade Hub in Botswana on Thursday, November 18, at the Gaborone Sun Conference Center. Read more.

Swaziland: USAID Awards Grant to Salesian Missions to Distribute 75 Metric Tons

More than 75 metric tons of food will be distributed by Salesian Missions and its Swaziland-based partner, Manzini Youth Care, through a grant recently awarded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Food for Peace program as part of its 2011 International Food Relief Partnership Program. Read more.

USAID 50th Anniversary: Celebrating Shared Values

November 3rd marks the 50th anniversary of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s creation of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Whether it is vaccinating children against preventable diseases, improving crop yields, or responding to disasters, USAID has been a quiet force for progress not only in South Africa, but 100 other countries, fostering a more peaceful and secure world. Read more.

Southern and East Africa Lead Way for Next Generation of Clean Energy Projects

Ten clean energy projects that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Africa by 287,000 metric tons annually were presented to investors in Johannesburg this week at the CTI PFAN African Forum for Clean Energy Financing. (AFRICEF). More than 100 financiers, clean energy experts and representatives of financial institutions from across Africa and overseas participated in the Forum, which was organized by the Climate Technology Initiative’s Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN), a global multilateral initiative dedicated to connecting clean energy businesses with financing and “bridging the gap” between clean energy project developers and investors. Read more.

USAID/Southern Africa Issues New Water Secure Future Award

USAID/Southern Africa, in collaboration with the Development Grants Program (DGP), awarded 2 million USD to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to support the three-year project: A Water Secure Future for Southern Africa: Applying the Ecosystem Approach in the Orange-Senqu Basin. Working with local NGOs based in the four basin countries of Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, USAID will support scientific analysis and pilot programs that balance ecosystem requirements with human development needs to ensure efficient and lasting water provisioning services in priority areas in the basin. Read more.

Building Resiliency in the Olifants

USAID/Southern Africa signed a new $10.7 million cooperative agreement with the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) to increase resiliency in the Olifants Catchment in the Limpopo River Basin. Read more.

U.S. Government Announces USAID and mothers2mothers (m2m) Partnership to End Pediatric AIDS

In a response to the high rate of AIDS deaths and pediatric HIV in Southern and Eastern Africa, the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) andmothers2mothers (m2m) launched a five-year regional partnership today at an event in Manzini, Swaziland. Read more.


Recent Speeches

Remarks for Gala Dinner for UNISA Regional Elections Program

Jul 16, 2013: “Management of Democratic Elections in Africa (MDEA)”, by Acting Mission Director Stephen Callahan: I would like to welcome the participants to this training and thank you for your willingness and desire to participate in this course. This is an unmatched opportunity for active learning and professional networking across borders in your line of work. The coming weeks that you spend here are the important first step of this experience.

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