Adolescents and young people, aged between 10 and 24 years, make up about a third of the total population in eastern and southern Africa. The growing proportion of youths has great potential to positively impact countries in the region. Yet, youths are often economically and socially excluded, and their voices are seldom heard on policy matters.
Malter Vilakati knows the challenges of undertaking trade as an economic activity across borders in the SADC region. And she knows how much progress has been made to ensure that these economic opportunities are available to women. Vilakati is a 63-year-old cross border trader from Manzini in Swaziland. In July 2013, she was part of the women traders group that formed the Women Cross Border Traders Forum with the support of the Southern Africa Trust. This forum ensures women are participating in economic empowerment initiatives in the SADC region. (more…)Read More