Project profile — Making Trade Work for Women in Eastern Africa

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Making Trade Work for Women in Eastern Africa - Overview
TradeMark East Africa
2018-03-29 - 2023-06-30
Country / region • South of Sahara, regional (73.33%)
• Developing countries, unspecified (26.67%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (33.00%)
• Trade Policy And Regulations And Trade-Related Adjustment
Trade facilitation (33120) (40.33%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified
Sectors not specified (99810) (26.67%)
Policy marker • Trade development (principal objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to promote the economic empowerment of women traders in Eastern Africa, and works to reduce sexual and gender-based violence towards them. The project is focused on addressing the constraints which limit the participation of East African women traders in economic activities and cross-border trade. Project activities include: (1) establishment of cooperatives and market access platforms for women traders; (2) simplifying, translating and disseminating documentation on trading requirements for small scale traders (most of whom are women); (3) sensitizing border officials on gender; (4) adopting gender-sensitive cross border trade charters; (5) establishing safe working spaces for women; (6) developing and operationalizing a reporting mechanism on violence against women; (7) providing technical support to women traders in the areas of advocacy, dialogue and strengthening membership services; (8) collecting sex-disaggregated data and conducting evidence-based research on issues affecting women traders; and (9) lobbying with public agencies.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) 30% reduction in incidences of violence against women traders at select border posts in Eastern Africa; (2) 15% increase in trade values for women-traded goods and increased access to markets and trade-related services for at least 150,000 women traders; and (3) improved policy, regulatory and institutional environments to support women in trade.



Original budget $3,000,000
Planned Disbursement $5,500,000
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