General Resources

USAID|Rwanda Country Development Cooperation Strategy (2015-2019)

Published on February 08, 2016

USAID_COUNTRY_DEVELOPMENT_STRATEGY.JPGUSAID|Rwanda Country Development Cooperation Strategy (2015-2019). Rwanda represents an extraordinary opportunity for the United States Government (USG) to put its foreign policy priorities into practice by supporting a clear, reasoned and wholly country-owned development vision, in cooperation with a committed and disciplined partner-country government. It also represents a unique opportunity for USAID to operationalize its new strategies for delivering development assistance more efficiently, effectively and sustainably, through the application of aid effectiveness principles under the aegis of the USAID Forward initiative.

USAID Toolkit for Integrating GBV Prevention and Response into Economic Growth Projects

Published on February 08, 2016

USAID_GBV.JPGThe Toolkit for Integrating Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response into Economic Growth and Trade Projects was prepared by Development and Training Services, Inc. (dTS) and is published by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It offers background and practical guidance to USAID staff on how to address gender-based violence (GBV) in economic growth and trade (hereafter “economic growth”) projects across the program cycle. The Toolkit covers four overarching themes: 1. How and why economic growth projects can play a critical role in addressing GBV 2. How GBV can affect and undermine the outcomes of economic growth projects 3. Different contexts to consider when integrating GBV prevention and response into economic growth projects 4. Practical ideas and strategies for integrating GBV prevention and response into economic growth projects.

Access and Opportunity: Gender and Trade in East Africa

Published on February 08, 2016

Trade_Mark_East_Africa.JPGAccess and Opportunity: Gender and Trade in East Africa. This inaugural issue of Gender and Trade in East Africa reaffirms TMEA’s commitment to gender in regional trade and regional integration. In this first issue, we focus on the different faces of women in trade. We present some of the specific results of our work in the voices of the women themselves. Women like Hope Mpangare, CEO of the Speranza Group in Rwanda (page 24). Hope is a member of the TMEA funded Traidlinks programme, which supported the expansion of her business into the export of juice products.

International Trade Statistics 2015

Published on January 04, 2016

international_trade_stastics.JPGInternational Trade Statistics 2015 is produced by the World Trade Organization on an annual basis to provide a comprehensive overview of world trade. This year’s edition provides data up to the end of 2014, covering trade in merchandise and commercial services as well as trade in global value chains.


Regional Economic Outlook

Published on October 29, 2015

Regional_Economic_Outlook.JPGRegional Economic Outlook. Sub-Saharan Africa enjoyed robust economic growth of 5 percent in 2014 driven by strong investment in mining and infrastructure and by strong private consumption, especially in low income countries (Table 1.2). However, growth was down slightly from the previous year as oil exporters started to adjust to the lower global oil prices, growth in South Africa decelerated substantially on account of mining strikes and electricity supply constraints, and the countries at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak were severely impacted by the epidemic. Activity is expected to decelerate further in 2015, although with growth at 4.5 percent, sub-Saharan Africa will remain among the fastest-growing regions of the world. The slowdown mainly reflects difficulties in the region’s oil exporters and the countries impacted by the Ebola outbreak. Excluding these countries and South Africa, growth is projected to be healthy, even if the impact of the oil price decline is largely offset by that of the decrease in other commodity prices.

Doing Business 2016

Published on October 28, 2015

doing_business.JPGDoing Business 2016. Doing Business focuses on regulations and regulatory processes involved in setting up and operating a business. It analyzes those that address asymmetries in information (such as credit market regulations), those that balance asymmetries in bargaining power (such as labor market regulations) and those that enable the provision of public goods or services (such as business or property registration). Countless transactions are required to set up and operate a business. When starting a new business, entrepreneurs need to establish a legal entity separate from themselves to limit their liability and to allow the business to live beyond the life of its owners—a process requiring commercial registration.

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs

Published on April 16, 2015

WTO_AGREEMENT.JPGThe WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation was concluded at the Bali Ministerial in December 2013. The OECD has since re-calculated the potential benefits of the Agreement for various groups of countries, using the OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators (TFIs) and taking into account the fact that, in reaching agreement, WTO Members set aside a few provisions from their original agenda and cast a number of others on a “best endeavours” basis.

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report

Published on March 13, 2015

NO-CEELING-JPEG.jpgNo Ceilings: The Full Participation Report  is published by the Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation."Its good for business : Women's empowerment is an engine to economic growth in poor countries."

Grow Markets, Fight Hunger: A Food Security Framework for U.S.-Africa Trade Relations

Published on March 09, 2015

Grow-africa-us-africa-trade-relations.jpgGrow Markets, Fight Hunger: A Food Security Framework for U.S.-Africa Trade Relations, presents evidence that an effort by the United States focused on bolstering regional trade and harmonizing food standards and regulations across countries would drive economic growth while improving the availability and affordability of nutritious foods throughout Africa.



The EAC Common Market Scorecard 2014

Published on February 20, 2015

score-card.jpgThe East African Common Market Scorecard 2014 assesses progress toward the development of a common market in capital, services, and goods across the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC)—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.