Ambassadors Special Self-Help Program
About the Program
The Ambassadors' Special Self-Help (SSH) Program in Sub-Saharan Africa falls under the authority of the Development Assistance policy of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 as amended, with such assistance funds appropriated to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Projects selected for SSH Funding are those which:
- Improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level by funding development projects that involve the construction of schools, health clinics, and water wells;
- Produce employment and marketable skills, such as village craft centers and agricultural cooperatives;
- Aid the HIV/AIDS-inflicted;
- Address global issues such as women's empowerment and the environment;
- Provide a firm foundation for democratic processes to take root;
- Support high-impact, quick-implementation activities which benefit a large number of people within one year without requiring further SSH assistance;
- Involve a significant local contribution in cash, labor, or material, and are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain; and
- Are in direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community (the local sponsors of the project, who will also be its prime beneficiaries).
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