The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub boosts trade and investment with and within Southern Africa.

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The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub has selected a South African service provider to develop a suite of interactive financial education courses for regional export firms. The service provider, Netcampus, is 100-percent Black- and women-owned. The financial education solution is part of the USAID TradeHub’s assistance to southern African firms seeking capital to finance their expansion into export markets. To facilitate these firms’ introduction to capital providers, the USAID TradeHub developed a request for proposals that called for interactive courses on a range of financial literacy topics. After disseminating the request for proposals, an evaluation committee conducted a transparent review of the submissions, narrowing down and inviting the top three bidders to make presentations, and eventually selecting Netcampus as the top bidder. Geared toward small- and medium-sized enterprises with the potential for export growth, these USAID TradeHub-identified financial literacy topics include how to prepare financial statements and how to approach potential capital providers. Work on this activity is expected to commence by the third week of July 2020. The interactive educational content will be developed in collaboration with USAID TradeHub transaction advisors, capital providers, and regional business management organizations. The USAID TradeHub will then distribute the financial education solution through strategic partners in each country, including business management organizations, local financial institutions, and trade and investment promotion agencies.

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