Multinational - Building Inclusive Business Ecosystems for Stabilization and Transformation in the Mano River Union

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Nov 2021
Signature Date 15 Feb 2022
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2025
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2025
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 15170
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 2,980,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The project targets Liberia and Sierra Leone and aims to empower Women Traders (WTs) in cross border Value Chains (VCs) for resilient economic growth and social cohesion. It will benefit at least 1500 WTs, 750 in Liberia and 750 in Sierra Leone, trading across Foya and Koindu as well as Bo Waterside and Jendema border points. They will receive: (i) entrepreneurship training; (ii) post-training support in terms of coaching, mentoring and peer-to-peer support), simplified information on trade rules and regulations – including sensitization on opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); (iii) support on business formalization; (iv) support to access markets, technologies and finance; and (v) to participate in decision-making processes that impact them. The project will seek regular feedback from beneficiaries through surveys and consultative dialogues throughout its implementation, to track progress and effects. The project comprises three main components namely: (i) gender responsive, climate friendly and conflict sensitive Value Chain Analysis (VCA), (ii) Inclusive and resilient market dynamics and (iii) Enabled women traders in cross border value chains.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to empower women traders in cross border value chains for resilient economic growth and social cohesion in MRU. The project will start with an initial gender responsive, climate friendly and conflict sensitive value chain analysis that will inform the selection of two value chains and highlight the priority actions that need to be taken to increase the benefits women receive from cross border trade.


The main beneficiaries of the project are at least 1500 WTs, 750 in Liberia and 750 in Sierra Leone. Other beneficiaries include the MRU Secretariat, border community members, institutional actors in the trade environment, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) operators and financial institutions along the identified value chains and trade corridors. All the direct and indirect beneficiaries of this operation will be sensitized on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), as one of the key constraints to Cross Border Trade (CBT) for women.

Participating Organization

Mano River Union
Transition Support Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-ID0-009
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Nelly Virginia Waithira MAINA

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
8.37031 -10.21993 Foya District
7.98877 -11.6734 Bo District
8.64872 -10.51545 Koindu
7.10161 -11.21594 Jendema