USAID trade and investment programs, like the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, mobilize new investors and private capital to under-served sectors and geographies, and they support investment closure. For instance, the USAID Hub provides investment facilitation services – due diligence, market intelligence, and regulatory know-how – that can speed up a transaction and prevent investor frustration. The investment closures then serve as positive examples for other investors who may need a nudge to enter the East Africa market. The Hub then steps aside and lets the private sector take over. USAID's support helps U.S. and international companies broaden their markets and it helps East African companies access the capital they need for sustained, economically impactful growth -- driving job creation and enhancing access to and quality of services for local communities.
Driving Investment in East Africa looks at four case studies that illustrate what these funds can achieve.