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 (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (45.00%)
• Trade Policy And Regulations And Trade-Related Adjustment
Trade facilitation (33120) (55.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (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.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) developed women in trade empowerment index to assess progress towards project outcomes; (2) facilitated capacity-building and advocacy initiatives to increase women traders’ access to trade information and markets, benefiting more than 107,000 women traders at 16 borders (target: 150,000 at 20 borders); (3) supported the representation of women at eight of 15 targeted joint-border committees, to facilitate the advancement of women traders’ interests and resolve any challenges faced by women cross-border traders; (4) supported more than 18,000 women traders transitioning to formal trading through cooperatives and clusters in East Africa (target: 20,000); (5) implemented seven types of sexual and gender-based violence mechanisms at 15 borders; and (6) established 15 resource centers that act as key points to access trade information or to report gender-based violence cases (target: 15).



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $4,075,750
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