Making Trade Work for Women in Eastern Africa

Reporting Organization:TradeMark East Africa
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 15,000,000
Timeframe: March 29, 2018 - June 30, 2022
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

TradeMark East Africa

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Region - Total Budget Allocation

Sub-Saharan Africa - $ 15,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (55 %)

Sexual & Gender-based Violence (45 %)

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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; and (8) sex-disaggregated data collection; and conducting evidence based research on issues affecting women traders and lobbying with public agencies.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women
Total Direct Population: 150,000
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Results & Indicators

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.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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