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United States African Development Foundation

1400 I Street NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005




CHAIR John W. Leslie, Jr.

Vice Chair John O. Agwunobi
Board Member Ward Brehm
Board Member Morgan M. Davis
Board Member Iqbal Paroo
Board Member (vacancy)
Board Member (vacancy)



General Counsel June B. Brown
Managing Director, Finance and Administration Mathieu Zahui, Acting

The above list of key personnel was updated 09–2017.

The above list of key personnel was updated 09–2017.

The United States African Development Foundation promotes development in Africa to empower marginalized and underserved communities.

The United States African Development Foundation was established by the African Development Foundation Act (22 U.S.C. 290h) as a Government corporation to support African-led development. The Foundation is led by the Board of Directors, which comprises the Chair, the Vice Chair, and five Board Members whom the President nominates with the advice and consent of the Senate.

The Foundation invests in private and nongovernmental organizations in Africa to promote and support innovative enterprise development, generate jobs, and increase incomes of the poor. It seeks to expand local institutional and financial capacities to foster entrepreneurship, ownership, and community-based economic development among marginalized and underserved populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sources of Information


The United States African Development Foundation has a blog.

Career Opportunities

Vacancy announcements are posted online.

Country Portfolios

The Foundation has 20 country programs and special initiatives that extend its reach to a total of 30 African countries.


Information on Foundation-related events is available online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to FAQs are posted on the Foundation's Web site.


Information on grants is available online. An applicant may download an application in English or French. Once completed, the application may be submitted by email or postal mail.


Press releases are available online.

Resources / Results

Information on the Foundation's effectiveness, efficiency, investment return, and successful enterprises is included in its 2016 impact sheet.


The Foundation supports African-led agricultural development that benefits community enterprises.

The Foundation supports the development of affordable and renewable energy to benefit rural African communities.

The Foundation invests in the next generation of youth-led African enterprises.

Social Media

The United States African Development Foundation has a Facebook account.

The Foundation tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The Foundation posts videos on its YouTube channel. | Email:

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