Amid the DFID merger and U.K. aid cuts, NGOs must draw on the lessons of past victories and
earn public support with a new argument for aid — one framed by global common interests, according to this op-ed.
In the Great Lakes of Africa, thousands of small-scale traders cross borders every day, selling or purchasing goods — and many of these traders are women. But they face haphazard levying of taxes, a lack of appropriate infrastructure, and a complicated administration. These challenges have to be addressed if business is to effectively contribute to the alleviation of poverty in these border areas.