Donor: Open Society Foundation (OSF)
Duration: January 2020- December 2021 (2years)
This project seeks to support Small Scale/Informal Cross Border Traders in Kenya/Uganda and Kenya/Tanzania to organize and enhance their capacity to negotiate and advocate for the full realization of their rights that include freedom to trade as provided for in the EAC treaty and protocols, the right to free movement across borders including for purposes of trade, the right to security and life free of harassment from state agents on both sides of the border and the right to access development resources to secure their livelihoods. The project is funded by the Open Society Foundation (OSF).
Goals and Objectives:
1) Support border traders to effectively participate in regional and national and county/local government initiatives that seek to improve their livelihoods
2) Support border traders to organize and advocate for the protection of their trade along the whole value chain.
3) Support informal cross border traders to exercise their right to trade legally
4) Ensure that there are reduced barriers to trade and that women have access to safe trade during the covid-19 Pandemic, through the Public-Private Dialogue initiatives and in line with the National Dialogue Committee strategic objectives.
Enhanced capacity of small-scale cross-border traders to effectively participate in county/local government initiatives that seek to improve their livelihoods and to exercise their right to benefit from the EAC integration process by utilizing the provisions of the EAC Simplified Trade Regime and to exercise their right to trade legally