East African transport corridors, particularly highways, are economic lifelines but also major routes for HIV transmission. Fifty percent of the population along regional transport corridors is transient and impoverished. Poor health indicators correlate with being underserved by the formal health system. A recent study revealed that unemployment levels along these corridors approaches 70 percent. In some communities, 78 percent of females have turned to commercial sex work for a livelihood; HIV prevalence among truck drivers was twice as high as in the general population.
The REGI program focuses on two Presidential Initiatives–Feed the Future (FTF) and Global Climate Change (GCC)–and incorporates complementary work implementing the African Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (ACTE) Initiative in intra-regional and export trade, investment, and regional integration. Regional Water and biodiversity conservation programming complete the REGI portfolio.
The USAID East Africa Trade Hubi works with regional public and private sector partners to develop systems and policies that improve competitive regional and international trade and food security in East Africa. The Trade Hub’s partners include regional economic communities (RECs) such as the East African Community (EAC) and regional trade associations (RTAs) such as the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC). With its partners, the Trade Hub implements information and communication technology solutions, trade facilitation tools, and regional strategies to improve the transparency and accessibility of markets and provide policy makers with the evidence they need to make informed decisions for the region.
USAID/East Africa’s 2011-2015 strategy for Feed the Future (FTF) builds on eight years of results and experience with the Initiative to End Hunger in Africa, the Global Food Security Response, and the works closely with Afri-can regional organizations and other donors to achieve joint goals: to sus-tainably reduce chronic hunger, raise the incomes of the rural poor, and reduce the number of children suffering from under-nutrition. The regional results of activities supported by USAID/EA contribute to the objectives of the Africa-led Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP) and the living in extreme poverty and suffering from hunger by 2015.
The East African Community (EAC) is a regional economic community of five member states - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda Tanzania and Uganda - wi th a combined population of more than 133.1 million and a 2010 GDP of $45.5 billion. USAID helps EAC to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investment.
Last updated: May 15, 2015