Abuja, Nigeria – On Friday, November 10, 2017, the United States Government and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) reaffirmed their commitment and collaboration to strengthen harmonization and delivery of development programs that aid millions of people throughout West Africa. Alex Deprez, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa and the President of ECOWAS, Marcel de Souza, recognized the multi-year Development Agreement between the two institutions.
Under this Development Agreement, originally signed by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, and USAID West Africa Regional Mission Director, Alex Deprez, on November 19, 2015, the U.S. Government will provide up to $298.7 million over the five year-period of 2015 to 2020 in support of ECOWAS priorities, including:
- Strengthening democratic institutions;
- Enhancing economic growth, trade and investment;
- Advancing peace and security; and
- Increasing opportunity and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Today’s signing ceremony marked the commitment of an additional $31.6 million to the Development Agreement, bringing the new total of funds to date of $143.3 million. Notably, of the total amount, $25.5 million will support Countering Violent Extremism activities in the region.
U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Nigeria, David J. Young witnessed the signing of the agreement at the ECOWAS headquarters in Abuja. Mr. Young reiterated the U.S. Government’s commitment to supporting African-led solutions by supporting regional organizations to better deliver on their respective mandates. He acknowledged that USAID’s regional development cooperation strategy also supports key U.S. Government initiatives including Trade Africa, Feed the Future, Global Health, Global Climate Change, and the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership.
This ceremony underscores the deep and longstanding cooperation between the United States Government, through USAID/West Africa, and ECOWAS. Mr. Young hoped that the signing of this Development Objective Agreement will help both institutions achieve their shared goals to “reduce violent extremism, reduce poverty, and improve the health and livelihoods of people across the region.”
NOTE TO EDITORS: The USAID/West Africa regional mission’s goal is to promote social and economic well-being advanced by West Africans. Spanning 21 countries, USAID/West Africa designs and implements programs with West African partners to strengthen systems of non-violent conflict management, support economic growth, and expand quality health services. The American people, through USAID, provide economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.usaid.gov/west-africa-regional