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.

Please click here to learn about CLDP's results in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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.  

Please see below the links to the handbooks developed with the help of CLDP with the Power Africa Project:


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

December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019

On December 16-17, CLDP will held a two-day workshop on power project procurement. The workshop sought to improve the planning of bids from prep to closing through a discussion on international best practice relating to the request for proposals (RfPs), standardization of documents, designing a competitive bid round, evaluations and identifying gaps in the current legal framework. 

December 19, 2019 - December 20, 2019

On December 19-20, CLDP, in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Directorate, will hold a two-day workshop on PPP fundamentals. The workshop will highlight PPP process, structure economics, project financing, and revenue flow.

CLDP in Action

September 3, 2019

On September 3, 2019, in Bamako, Mali, CLDP led a one-day meeting to build consensus among public and private sector stakeholders on an upcoming communication campaign aiming to prevent the use of counterfeits. This effort is part of a Mali-wide project with the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in Bamako to implement innovative solutions for combatting counterfeiting of products affecting public health, with a focus on agro-inputs. CLDP works with Feed the Future and the Government of Mali to implement best practices in the prevention of the movement and use of agricultural products and to raise public awareness of the dangers of fake products. This has been done through the extensive training of enforcement authorities including Malian Customs, the judiciary, police, and gendarmerie, as well as consumer education. It has also included the introduction of Mobile Product Authentication (MPA™) technology at the point of purchase through private/public partnerships. The new phase of the project builds upon notable improvement of the understanding of the impact of counterfeits by Malian stakeholders, including spurring the creation of a national database administered jointly by Malian Customs, the Malian Intellectual Property Office (CEMAPI) and the Malian Copyright Office (BUMDA) where producers and importers can register marks to facilitate the seizure of counterfeited products. CLDP is preparing to launch a national campaign, including culturally appropriate marketing material, through billboards, radio, and television, in coordination with local partners, raising awareness of the danger of counterfeits and showcasing new technologies to best combat it.