Women traders are important actors in border markets and play a significant role in forging ties beyond borders. Their networks vary in size from local to regional and international. But, are women traders’ networks different from other traders’ networks in any way? How do they function and adapt to economic, security and climate risks?
The programme aims to understand the role of women in border markets and regional integration. The functional and institutional dynamics of women’s networks will be cross-analysed to identify policy frameworks that are better suited to structural constraints and opportunities for women’s economic activities. The analysis of these networks will also help to assess their functioning, specificities and resilience strategies for adapting to risks, more specifically with regards to women. This reflection builds on the Secretariat’s work on social network analysis (SNA) carried out in 2015-16, and will take place at the local and regional levels.