Sub-Saharan Africa

CLDP has a long history of work in Sub-Saharan Africa, beginning in 1999; technical assistance programs have had both a regional and individual country scope.

As a result of the critical importance in developing Africa’s power sector and extending the economic benefits of reliable electricity to every corner of the continent, a number of multilateral institutions and government development agencies have launched initiatives in the past decade that are dedicated to support power projects in Africa. The most recent of these is the Power Africa initiative launched by US President Obama in June of 2013. As part of this initiative, CLDP has been asked by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the legal and regulatory environment for power projects in the specified Power Africa countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

CLDP has been working with USAID in Mali since 2008. CLDP’s work in Mali has been focused on promoting awareness of the importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), including a current program to combat counterfeit agro-inputs.

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Goal: Adoption of power purchase and other related power agreements, utilizing international best practices and terms, will reassure companies considering investments in Power Africa countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Such contracts will also enable Power Africa countries to take a proactive role in the structuring of power projects, by drawing on the experience of other nations that have utilized similar contracts for past projects.  CLDP will also utilize these contracts and other tools to build the capacity of the local attorneys and government officials to understand, adapt, and implement the contracts, as well as to regulate the power projects.

Program Areas:

  • Coordinate the development of a core library of model transactional documents that are tailored to the unique legal challenges within Power Africa countries in order to facilitate the negotiation, conclusion, and maintenance of power purchase and other related power agreements between Power Africa countries and international investors;
  • Develop the capacity of Power Africa governments and other local stakeholders to utilize these model documents to reduce the project development time cycle.  


Goal: CLDP is working closely with the USAID Mission in Mali together with the Government of Mali to to support the Feed the Future initiative by ensuring safe and healthy agricultural products. 

Program Areas:

  • Development and implementation of a program utilizing mobile-phone technology to authenticate agricultural products, thus reducing potentially harmful counterfeit goods
  • Outreach to corporate entities, farmers, and government stakeholders to increase adoption and use of the technology
  • Working with enforcement agencies such as Customs, the Malian police, and the judiciary to raise awarness of the technology as it becomes more widely available.

Upcoming Programs

May 13, 2019 - May 14, 2019

CLDP in Action

April 1, 2019 - April 2, 2019

On April 1-2, in Singapore, CLDP, in coordination with INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals), supported the participation of judges from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia in the 13th INSOL Judicial Colloquium. INSOL International is a global federation of associations including lawyers, judges and accountants that aims to increase international cooperation and communication in the insolvency profession. The INSOL Judicial Colloquium is the only global venue for judges from around the world to share best practices in restructuring and liquidation procedures. This year is the first time that these four countries have participated in the Colloquium and CLDP plans to leverage INSOL’s extensive network and resources, such as its World Bank-funded Judicial Training College, to support its ongoing programming with MENA judges. The Colloquium provided the MENA judges with the opportunity to apply modern bankruptcy principles to hypothetical case studies and to receive practical guidance from senior judges from more advanced bankruptcy jurisdictions. CLDP plans to develop joint programs with INSOL over the next two years to expand its judicial training activities.