The IIDEA program continues to grow from strength to strength, with the announcement of the next round of funded projects across the EAC.
Building on the 25 small scale projects already actively fostering integration around the region, the 16 new projects cover a wide range of issues but have all been chosen because they will continue to expand the integration agenda and showcase the benefits of cross border regional interaction under the EAC Customs Union and Common Market Protocol. Three of these projects fall under the newly established Intra-Regional Trade Facility (IRTF), which funds private sector initiatives focusing on trade and advocacy issues and thereby complementing the support for citizens for regional integration through IIDEA.
African Centre for Women Information Communication Technology (ACWICT) – Encouraging integration of ICT in Members states in a bid to encourage new trading platforms which are more positively geared towards women and youth.
Agri-link Tanzania – Using environmentally friendly technologies in leather production to improve quality and production, and increase the income, employment and market access of marginalized women and youth in Tanzania and Kenya.
AUXFIN, Burundi – Using an innovative digital platform to assist young and budding creative practitioners to become entrepreneurial, grow their businesses and engage regionally.
Base for Education Dissemination (BED) - Documenting and publicising the experiences and success stories of women in cross-border trade in the Mara region of Tanzania and Migori in Kenya with a view to encouraging more women to recognise the competitive advantage of regional trade opportunities and become involved.
Consumer Unity and Trust Society -Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment (CUTS-CITEE) – Building the capacity of civil society organisations to understand the implications of the EAC and African Continental Free Trade Area on small holder farmers and informal cross border traders, and engage more effectively in negotiations.
Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organisations (EANNASO) – Developing a digital platform that maps out essential health services, especially along border regions in Kenya and Tanzania – for use on smart and non-smart phones.
Eastern and Southern African Small-Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) Uganda – Developing an app in English and Kiswahili which will link small scale farmers, especially women, to business opportunities in the region and each other.
Shambani Solutions Tanzania – Improving the livelihoods of 2,200 young people by connecting them to gainful employment through a contract farming model in the green beans value chain and providing business training and basic life skills.
Southern Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) – Uganda – Engaging civil society around the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) text, ensuring wide ranging feedback and aiming towards a final version of the agreement which encompasses the concerns of farmers, women, the private sector, academia, trade unions and other stakeholders.
Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) – Creating a digital sales platform for the sale of East African Cultural Crafts and work with women and youth craft producers in Kenya and Uganda currently working around tourism sites to develop high quality products for sale to a wider audience.
Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA) – Linking young aspiring tourism guides in Kenya and Uganda through an online portal to professional guides and associations, with a view to enhancing their skills and ensuring a sustainable tourism sector in the future.
Intra-Regional Trade Facility Projects
East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP) – Helping to improve the competitiveness of women led enterprises in moringa, coconut, baobab, shea butter, spices, hibiscus and assorted flours in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Women in Technology Uganda (WITU) – Providing online and offline support for women business owners to start operations in Kenya and Uganda, helping with set up information including legal, tax and operations advice and office space.
East African Grain Council (EAGC) – To improve intra-regional trade in grains by supporting women’s access and participation in cross border grain trade between Kenya and Uganda.