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Sauti Trade Insights COVID-19 Bulletin

Sauti Trade Insights COVID-19 Bulletin

COVID-19 has imposed extreme challenges for East Africa’s micro and small enterprise traders, many of which rely on ease of cross-border movement for their profits. Others depend on gathering at local marketplaces where maintaining social distance is challenging. While immediate national health policies have focused on limiting the health and human costs of COVID-19, East Africa’s traders have been forced to make dramatic changes and adapt their business and market behaviour to the new realities of the global pandemic.

In all this, understanding the economic shifts in East Africa’s small-scale trade sector – one of the most important factors for poverty […]

Sauti supports users with up-to-date information on COVID-19

Sauti supports users with up-to-date information on COVID-19

Sauti has added awareness and prevention information COVID-19 information to our existing trade and marketing platform. This is a response strategy to help cross border traders fight against the spread of the virus through easy access to accurate and verified information that includes COVID-19 prevention measures, signs and symptoms, […]

Sauti’s information platform is live in Tanzania

Sauti’s information platform is live in Tanzania

Sauti has successfully designed, developed and deployed our mobile trade and market information platform on the Kenya-Tanzania border.  To access the Sauti platform in Tanzania, all you have to do is dial *149*46*1# on your Vodacom or MTN mobile network. The trade and market information is available to users in Kiswahili the national language and in English. Users can access commodity market prices, an exchange rate calculator and submit reports on their border experience that can help improve the trade environments in the region. The Sauti platform will promote a better trade environment for the traders and enable them to […]

Sauti partners with East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP)

Sauti partners with East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP)

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”. Sauti East Africa celebrates officially partnering with East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP), an organization based in Tanzania that brings together women in business across the East Africa Community. We are delighted to be working in partnership with EAWiBP to increase the uptake of IT and digital platforms among women. This partnership will promote equal access to business and trade information for the women in business, increased participation in economic activities for the women including the small scale cross-border traders and promotion of regional trade and […]

Sauti East Africa: Students Use Tech to Increase Legal, Safe, and Profitable Trade in Africa

Sauti East Africa: Students Use Tech to Increase Legal, Safe, and Profitable Trade in Africa

Traders are commonly unaware of their rights and the required customs, procedures, and documentation involved in cross-border trade, making them vulnerable to abusive practices. Sauti helps to simplify access to this information using mobile-based trading tools and platforms to report incidents of corruption and harassment, and has facilitated 30,000 information requests from 4,500 cumulative users across the region. With help from Lambda Co-op and Social Impact Manager Jessica Wilkinson, Sauti has partnered with Lambda School to develop four unique projects to improve usability and reach of the platform, including incorporating new tools and technologies. […]

Presentation to Sustainable Inclusive Aid for Trade Symposium 2019, Nairobi

Presentation to Sustainable Inclusive Aid for Trade Symposium 2019, Nairobi

On Sept 19 2019, the CTO of Sauti, Lance Hadley presented research titled Innovating Past Data Collection Obstacles for East Africa’s Women Cross-Border Traders: Evidence from Sauti East Africa to the Sustainable Inclusive Aid for Trade Symposium in Nairobi.

The research proposes an experimental survey methodology for hidden populations, such as cross-border traders (CBTs) in East Africa. Recognizing the empowering role of cross-border trade for women in East Africa, interventions that reduce gendered barriers to small-scale trade are increasingly sought-after by policy-makers and development practitioners. Yet, collecting data that reliably maps the behaviour of difficult to sample populations, such as women CBTs, has typically […]