Explore the challenges facing female cross-border traders as they successfully navigate customs at the Kazungula border crossing between Zambia and Botswana. Informal cross-border trade led by women trade plays a significant economic role across Southern Africa.
Much of sub-Saharan trade (30–50 percent) involves intrepid informal cross border traders (ICBTs), who are mostly women. In preview, they are the most agile part of the system, keeping food and goods moving from surplus to scarcity areas despite bureaucratic obstacles and tough conditions of work.
Women comprise an estimated 70 percent of informal cross border traders in the Southern Africa region. Therefore, reducing constraints and challenges facing women in informal cross border trade in the region, especially at border posts, will make contributions not only to facilitating trade but also to promoting gender equality and reducing the marginalization of women.