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    Unlocking the potential of informal women traders in East Africa.

    ITC pilot project in the East African Community supports 8,000 women traders to move from the informal to the formal sector, increasing their earnings and personal safety...

    Ghainan designer Aisha Obuobi, the founder of Christie Brown © Chloe Mukai ITC.jpg

    Connecting microproducers with the international fashion industry to build self-respect and better lives..

    Women rebuild post-conflict economies

    Empowering women in Africa, for themselves and their communities, in conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction..

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    ‘She’s thanking you for her soft knees,’ said the Swahili translator. ‘Her what?’ The translator’s English was so heavily accented that I was not sure I had heard him correctly. The translator tried again. This time he pointed to his knees for emphasis.....

    If you are in the business of poverty reduction, you have to believe in free trade. Trade is the engine of economic growth. It creates the wealth needed to build more schools, develop more health facilities and provide safe drinking water. The Government.....

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    Kuli Mungombe owns and operates a fishing rig with nine other women in Zimbabwe. The group entered the male-dominated industry last year after being provided with the boat, equipment and training, and have doubled their sales. These women join millions.....

    The relationship between trade and gender has been hotly debated. Some say that globalization has excluded or impoverished women, causing disproportionate job losses due to the influx of foreign goods into domestic markets. Others argue that increased.....

    Circa 2009, Chinese officials made clear their full commitment to the internationalization of the renminbi (RMB), China’s official currency, and their intent of making Shanghai a leading financial centre by 2020 — less than eight years from now. A formidable.....

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    In a little more than a century, 40 women have won the Nobel Prize, and there is a steady improvement in the representation of women in national parliaments worldwide. Women have achieved levels of excellence that indeed have made our world a better.....

    During the Chinese New Year of 2007, I received a long distance call from the United Kingdom. The president of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Professor Roger Flanagan, was on the telephone and told me the board of the Institute had nominated.....

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    In December 2011 in London, Jordanian firm Maisam Architects and Engineers was recognized with eight prestigious Arabian Property Awards for work spanning residential, public sector and commercial architecture. What is remarkable about this 50-person.....

    The story of Art Atlas Peru is proof that shrewd business and a commitment to social welfare can go hand in hand. Art Atlas Peru is an ecological and socially driven enterprise that produces sweaters and cardigans from the highest quality natural fibres,.....

    In North Africa, women entrepreneurs are discovering the potential of online business platforms, but having a website alone is not enough. Success in the online environment also depends on having a good business and marketing plan supported by sympathetic.....