The USAID-funded Knowledge Sharing and Analysis (KSA) project (2007-2013) supported African policymakers to advance trade-led economic growth.
Through KSA, a knowledge management project, SEGURA Consulting synthesized, analyzed, and disseminated program and best practice information and improved data collection and knowledge sharing practices, systems, and tools. KSA also supported USAID’s contributions to the annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum. Originally designed as part of the five-year, $200 million African Global Competitive Initiative (AGCI), KSA then supported USAID’s African Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (ACTE) initiative, focused primarily on USAID’s Trade Hubs and advancing regional trade integration.
KSA included the following major tasks:
- Monitoring the implementation and performance of the overall AGCI program across the SSA region and preparing annual reports on AGCI. The KSA Project initially developed the AGCI Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) and implemented the PMP throughout the project.
- Evaluating USAID/Africa's knowledge sharing strategy, practices, and tools, including AGCI’s performance measurement system, in order to identify opportunities for improvement and to make recommendations for change, for the benefit of practitioners and other stakeholders. The KSA project assisted the USAID Africa Bureau to update and maintain the AGCI website, within the USAID web domain.
- Analyzing and synthesizing USAID and other donor program activities and best practices in trade development, overcoming infrastructure constraints, enabling environment policy reform, and enterprise development. Under this component, the KSA project developed an authoritative analysis of legal and regulatory constraints to private investment in the energy sector in Africa. It also analyzed the infrastructure development environment in Djibouti. The project completed a strategic assessment of trade initiatives in Uganda and conducted competitiveness training programs in Ethiopia and Mozambique. KSA also conducted a series of studies to produce the USAID “Best Practices in African Enterprise Development” guide.
- Disseminating best practice information, including through knowledge sharing and analysis briefs (KSABs), summaries of applied best practices, conferences, trainings, and presentations.
- Supporting USAID in the development, presentation and execution of the annual Africa Growth Opportunities Act (AGOA) Forum. The KSA project assisted USAID with the 2008, 2010 and 2012 AGOA Forum, held in Washington, DC, the 2009 AGOA Forum, held in Nairobi, Kenya, the 2011 AGOA Forum, held in Zambia, and the 2013 AGOA Forum, held in Ethiopia. The annual Forum brings together officials of the Sub Saharan African nations with representatives of the international donor community and the African and US private sector as well as representatives of the African Civil Society.
- Early project activities include a series of consultations with stakeholders in the SSA region to take stock of current information needs. Designing, implementing, and refining the strategy is a long-term and interactive process for which the project provides on-going support and guidance.