• 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.

Lis Meyers On February 3, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented on gender issues in cross-border trade to several USAID bureaus and departments, including the USAID Bureau for Africa, USAID Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, Bureau for Food Security, the USAID Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, the Department of Commerce, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

The Trade Hub is currently undertaking a gender assessment of women’s roles in informal cross-border trade across Southern Africa. The Trade Hub hopes to leverage its connections with border agents and customs officials to identify innovative solutions to address gender constraints and prevent gender-based violence at border crossings. The presentation covered the methodology of the gender assessment, which includes literature and policy reviews as well as fieldwork in Botswana, Zambia, and Malawi.

Women informal cross-border traders experience constraints such as higher transaction costs; lack of access to information on procedures, rights, and processes; and limited access to transportation. Furthermore, lack of physical security at border crossings increases the vulnerability of female informal cross-border traders to harassment and different forms of gender-based violence.

The USAID Africa Bureau has invited the Trade Hub to follow up on this presentation to share the results of the gender assessment when completed.

Photo: The Trade Hub’s Lis Meyers gives a presentation on gender aspects of cross-border trade in Africa
 

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