November 24, 2020         
The American Legion National Commander Congratulates President-Elect Biden   •   Composer GABRIELE CIAMPI writes INFINITO, his first soundtrack created for a book   •   Hunt Military Communities Teams Up With Toys for Tots to Brighten the Holidays for Children in Need   •   EVENPRIME Partners With Spellbreak to Launch Skin Serum Both In-Game and in Real Life   •   Florida's Ensurem Lands at No. 1 of Tampa's Fastest-Growing Companies   •   Smithfield Foods Commits $300,000 to Heritage STEM Camps Foundation to Increase Participation Among Minority Women   •   Founder of Ferrari Energy, Adam Ferrari, Announces the Launch of The Ferrari Foundation   •   Consumers Planning to Spend $470 over Thanksgiving Weekend: ICSC Survey   •   Dia & Co Launches Dia Holiday Market, A Digital Marketplace to Support Female-Owned Local Businesses This Holiday Season   •   Study Finds Only 30% of American Homeowners Know What Their Home Insurance Policy Covers   •   DEKA (El.En. Group) Establishes a Medical Advisory Board for Female Intimate Health   •   ElfYourself® Approaches 2 Billion Mark   •   Assisting Hands Home Care Opens New Location in Winnetka, Illinois   •   Make Your Next Job a Home-Based, Money Making Business From Your Home Kitchen   •   MNA: Brigham and Women's Hospital Tells Nurses to Care for Patients Despite Living with COVID-19 Positive Family Members   •   Canton, MA ComForCare Franchise Owners Receive 2020 Franchise of the Year Award   •   CORRECTING and REPLACING Rite Aid Updates COVID-19 Testing Program   •   CURE Media Group Names Devon Still as Keynote Speaker for the 2020 MPN Heroes® Virtual Celebration   •   First Insight: Majority of Consumers Started Holiday Shopping Before Black Friday   •   Rite Aid Updates COVID-19 Testing Program
Bookmark and Share

African Diaspora Marketplace Announces 60 Finalists in Business Entrepreneur Program

Entrepreneurial Proposals Collectively Represent More Than $22 Million in Diaspora Investment in African Communities


WASHINGTON, DC - Sixty finalists for the African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM), with proposals representing more than $22 million of diaspora business investment to spur job creation in their native countries, were announced today by Western Union and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The ADM is a business entrepreneur program that has catalyzed economic development plans from U.S.-based African diaspora to help 19 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, through collaboration between Western Union and USAID.

"The finalists of the ADM competition represent the best of a new class of entrepreneur - those who are investing back in their home countries to create economic opportunity and reduce poverty and unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa," said Alonzo Fulgham, Acting USAID Administrator. "USAID is proud to be a part of this innovative program that leverages the resources of Western Union and its Agents, diaspora communities, and local partners in Africa to support these entrepreneurs."

"The business leaders selected here understand the challenges facing their native countries, and they have identified solutions that work," said Anne McCarthy, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Western Union. "Our finalists have market-appropriate proposals that could sustain job growth and spark new business start-ups benefiting Sub-Saharan Africa."

The finalists were chosen from a pool of 733 applicants by an independent panel of volunteer judges from business, non-governmental organizations, diaspora development organizations and academia. They represent 14 countries and a range of business plans - from agri-business such as food oil processing and fish farming to healthcare and IT service providers.

From this group of finalists, between 10-20 winners will be announced in mid-January 2010 at an event to be held at the Academy for Educational Development (AED). The ADM program will award matching grants for program winners of between $50,000-$100,000.

The ADM is funded jointly by USAID, The Western Union Company, and the Western Union Foundation, as well as through Western Union Agent Giving Circles featuring Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) in Africa and Irv Barr Management in the United States. Any organization interested in an opportunity with the ADM should direct messages to

For a list of the ADM finalists and their organizations, as well as information on starting a business, visit and


USAID is the lead government agency providing development and humanitarian assistance to people around the world. The agency's Global Development Alliance (GDA) links U.S. foreign assistance with the resources, expertise and creativity of the private sector as well as nongovernmental organizations. Since its launch in 2001, the Global Development Alliance has changed the way U.S. international development projects are financed and implemented. By cultivating more than 900 public-private alliances with over 1,700 individual partners, it has allowed USAID to leverage an additional $9.6 billion in resources for development. For more information about USAID and its programs around the world visit For more information on Global Development Alliances visit

About the Western Union Company

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta and Pago Facil branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, as well as send payments and purchase money orders. Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta operate through a combined network of more than 400,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2008, The Western Union Company completed 188 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $74 billion of principal between consumers, and 412 million consumer-to-business transactions. For more information, visit

About the Western Union Foundation

Through Western Union's Our World, Our Family® signature program, the Western Union Foundation supports initiatives to empower individuals, families and communities through access to better education and economic opportunity. Recognized by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy in 2009, the program is a five year, $50 million commitment reflecting the efforts made by Western Union employees, Agents, and partners around the world. Since its inception, the Western Union Foundation has awarded almost $55 million in grants and disaster relief to over 1,870 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in 100 countries. For more information, visit




































































Transmitted by the USAID Public Information, Production and Online Services group, contact number 202-712-0000.






Transmitted by the USAID Public Information, Production and Online Services group, contact number 202-712-0000. 

Press Office: 202-712-4320
Public Information: 202-712-4810

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News