Building capacity to help Africa trade better




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tralac launched its ‘Women in Trade Governance Network’ (‘SheGovernsTrade’) during its 2019 Annual Conference in Nairobi. Our program supports women working in trade policy and governance to build technical capacity in international trade governance, to develop professional skills, including change management and to enhance women’s participation in trade governance across the continent.

This network has two pillars:

  • a network of women in trade governance working on Africa’s trade governance at national, regional, continental and multilateral levels
  • a development program for junior and mid-career women professionals designed to increase their technical and leadership skills with respect to rules-based trade governance.

SheGovernsTrade webinar with tralac Alumni

SGT Webinar April 2021

2021 SheGovernsTrade development program

Overall program objective

Capacitate and empower especially young women policymakers as they contribute to enhance trade governance in Africa

Specific program objectives

  • Increase trade technical skills

  • Increase leadership and professional skills

Core principles of the program

  • Mainstreaming women in trade governance

  • Peer learning


We aim to empower women in trade policy and governance roles, without creating any divided spaces. We support inclusive policy making and governance processes.

We also encourage participants in this program to take part in other tralac training and events alongside the specific activities in the SheGovernsTrade Development Program. The program will be offered digitally.

Peer learning

While tralac will offer trade technical and professional development training as part of this program, the real expertise, experience and learning will come from peers in the group. The program will actively support peer learning and engagement to achieve its objectives. This means each participant must be willing to share their experiences, and to engage with other participants.
Program activities

Initial training week: 12 – 16 April 2021

  • Programme orientation, introductions, agreeing common purpose

  • Trade technical training

  • Professional development (professional communication – oral and written)

Ongoing digital program (details to follow)

  • Developing a mentoring relationship

  • Trade technical webinar series: current issues on Africa’s trade agenda; trade data, tariff and policy analysis

  • Professional skills: blog writing

  • Trade technical: online video content, reading, online tasks 
Class of 2021
 Alhassan Adamu

Alhassan Adamu is studying biotechnology and molecular biology. She is a youth advocate, a spoken word artist and a gender activist, working towards empowering local women farmers producing spices in Ghana.

Rutendo Chilengi 

Rutendo Rachael Chilengi is a policy analyst, and a Community development specialist. Policy and advocacy assistant at WaterAid in Zambia.

 Shari Hammond

Shari Hammond is a gender and trade specialist, currently working on a Trade Facilitation in West Africa project.

Tamika Kampini 

Tamika Kampini is PhD student of Governance and Regional Integration at Pan African University/African Union. Her research is on “Agricultural Trade, Labour Productivity and socio-economic development in Malawi”.

 Donah Mafabi

Donah Mafabi is an Economist and Community-activist from Uganda.

 Nadine Makoudoum

Marie-Nadine Makoudoum has a special interest on women and youth in development and the opportunities of the AFCFTA.

Masego Rethabile Maika 

Masego Rethabile Maika, an Economist by profession, recently completed a Research Fellowship with UNECA, based at its Sub Regional office, IDEP in Dakar, Senegal.

Moreen Mwangi 

Moreen Mwangi is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and has been assisting to update Kenya’s enforcement manual on illicit trade and the review of Kenya’s standard operating procedures for imports and exports.

 Saara Niitenge

Saara Mbili-Yetu Niitenge is a trade statistician at the Namibia Statistics Agency.

 Kim Nyajeka

Kimberley Nyajeka is a trade and investment lawyer based in Harare, Zimbabwe.


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