• Introducing the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub
    Introducing the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub

    The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works with partners in eight SADC countries to facilitate trade, modernize customs, and improve
    food security.

  • Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains

    The Trade Hub supports the Source Africa and Origin Africa textile and apparel trade shows to improve manufacturers' quality exports within the region and to the US and Europe.

  • Introducing New Standards
    Introducing New Standards

    In close partnership with national standards agencies and ANSI, USAID is preparing countries with the implementation of the WTO Technical Barriers to
    Trade requirements.

  • Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards
    Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards

    The Trade Hub and thousands of smallholder farmers are introducing new safety and hygiene standards to improve the
    quality of groundnuts.

  • Reducing Border Crossing Times
    Reducing Border Crossing Times

    By modernizing border crossing procedures, the Trade Hub and its partners have been able to reduce border crossing times substantially at the Mwanza, Songwe, Kasumbalesa and Nakonde border posts.

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to enhance economic growth and food security in Southern Africa through trade. READ MORE.

Trade Hub Gender Specialist Lis Meyers provided examples of the challenges faced by women conducting cross-border trade in Southern AfricaBanyan Global, part of the implementation team for USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, delivered a presentation during the USAID Infrastructure Projects panel at the 2015 USAID Infrastructure Workshop held in Washington DC from December 14-18, 2015. 

The workshop was hosted by USAID’s Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment and focused on the theme “Built to Last: Strengthening the Sustainability and Resilience of USAID Infrastructure Projects.”

Organized by USAID’s Nancy Martin, the interactive training session introduced the topic of gender-based violence (GBV) as it relates to infrastructure projects. The session combined experiential learning to understand the problem of GBV, an introduction to a new toolkit on preventing and responding to GBV in energy and infrastructure projects, and interactive exercises to practice applying this knowledge. Trade Hub gender expert Lis Meyers provided examples of the challenges faced by women in the context of cross-border trade in Southern Africa and described the methodology her team will use in order to complete their analysis.

Photo: Trade Hub Gender Specialist Lis Meyers provided examples of the challenges faced by women conducting cross-border trade in Southern Africa
 

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