GFA is a dedicated to promoting sustainable cross-border trade initiatives and operates in east Africa countries where cross-border trade plays a significant role in economic development and livelihoods among youths and women.
GFA operates between boarders of :
- Uganda and Rwanda
- Tanzania and Rwanda
- Burundi and Rwanda
- DRC and Rwanda
The organization focuses on forming youth and women associations’, capacity building, advocacy, addressing smuggling issues, and drug abuse.
- Capacity Building: GFA recognizes the importance of enhancing the skills and knowledge of youth and women involved in cross-border trade. These programs aim to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of traders, enabling them to maximize their trade opportunities.
- Advocacy: GFA serves as an advocate for cross-border traders, promoting their rights and interests at local, national, and international levels. The organization engages with governments, policymakers, and relevant stakeholders to shape policies that facilitate legal and fair trade practices. GFA also raises awareness about the positive impacts of cross-border trade on local economies and advocates for the removal of barriers and burdensome regulations that hinder trade growth.
- Smuggling Prevention: Recognizing the adverse effects of smuggling on legitimate trade and local economies, GFA actively works to combat smuggling activities. The organization collaborates with law enforcement agencies, customs authorities, and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen border controls and promote anti-smuggling measures. GFA conducts awareness campaigns and provides training to border officials to enhance their capacity to detect and prevent smuggling activities effectively.
- Forming association of Youths and Women Traders: GFA places a special emphasis on empowering youths and women engaged in cross-border trade. The organization recognizes the unique challenges faced by youths and women in this sector, including limited access to resources, gender-based discrimination, and social barriers. GFA establishes associations or networks specifically for women traders, providing them with a platform to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and collectively address their concerns. The organization also offers training, mentorship, and financial support to women traders, enabling them to enhance their skills, expand their businesses, and improve their livelihoods.