Women Informal Cross Border Traders largely use un-gazetted border crossing routes despite the integration of the East African Countries and coming of the Customs Union and Common Market Protocols. There was need to identify how the provisions in the Customs Union and Common Market Protocols can be exploited in order to increase women’s trade volume, reduce transaction costs and eliminate the non-tariff barriers – #eliminateNTBs, which remain obstacles to trade. This project was supported by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA).
The project recognized that trade policy reform in the East African Community (EAC) region, although largely focused at the formal economy, should benefit women informal cross border traders in the informal economy. The rationale of the project was that a link exists between trade, gender and livelihood security, recognizing that trade holds the political key to poverty reduction thereby guaranteeing secured livelihoods. This project built on the Engendering Wealth Creation in the East African Community, the one year pilot project was supported by DFID.
To increase trading opportunities for women informal cross border traders in the East African Common market.