Banyan Global is implementing the global Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality Technical Assistance (WE3 TA) task order, awarded under the Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. Under the direction of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment, Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (E3/GenDev), Banyan Global provides advisory services to stakeholders to better analyze, design, implement, and monitor interventions addressing women’s economic empowerment and equality constraints and opportunities in support of USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy.
Under WE3 TA, Banyan Global is conducting a desk review and remote interviews, culminating in the production of a report with WE3-related findings and recommendations on promoting WE3 in customs and border agency services, operations, and personnel management to support women in trade. In today’s interconnected global economy, USAID is concerned with the movement of people, goods, and services across borders. As an emerging economic force, women face particular barriers in participating in the global economy and engaging with customs and border agencies. USAID E3/GenDev seeks to understand if, and how, women’s economic empowerment and equality is integrated into customs and border agency services, operations, and personnel management across various functions; how WE3 and gender gaps in services affect women participating in trade; and, how process, procedures, infrastructure, and systems may need to change to achieve more equitable access, usage, and opportunities for women in trade.