The South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Program, or SARTFP, is part of the umbrella trust fund, Partnership for South Asia. Administered by the World Bank, the program is supported by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
SARTFP's goal is to identify and build consensus around priority investments, policy actions, and institutional arrangements. SARTFP provides support to local enterprises -- within a single country and cross-border -- to enhance trade and economic opportunities for people living in the Eastern Corridor of South Asia. It is one of several trust funds that support work to build greater regional connectivity highlighted on One South Asia.
Focusing on micro- and small entrepreneurs, SARTFP funds analyses and technical assistance work to improve cross-border trade and enhance activities of women-owned enterprises. The program fosters inclusive development of roads, rail, and inland waterway infrastructure that connects local communities to regional markets.
SARTFP has focused its activities in the BBIN subregion -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal -- and emphasizes economic empowerment of women through greater cross-border trade and commerce.
SARTFP activities include the following:
- Short and Long-Run Labor Market Effects of Developing Country Exports: Evidence from Bangladesh (TFOBO701)
- Advancing Women's Enterprises for Economic Impact in the Value Chain and Regional Trade (TF0A3525)
- Understanding the Role of Women Home-based Workers in Large Cardamom and Allo Value Chains in Nepal (TF0A3525)
- Women, Leadership, and the Economy in South Asia Conference Report (TF0A3525)
- Economic Empowerment of Women Through Resilient Agriculture Supply Chains: A Geospatial and Temporal Analysis in Bangladesh (TF0A4945)
- Buddhist Tourism Circuit Development Phase 1 (TF0A3111)
- Buddhist Tourism Circuit Development Phase 2 (TF0B0651)
- Connected Development: Leveraging Economic Benefits of Transportation Improvements in West Bengal (TF0B0631)
- Planning for Regional Trade and Gender Inclusive Inland Water Transport in Assam (TF0A3618)
- Regional Integration of Western Bangladesh through Enhanced Transport Connectivity (TF0B0420)
- A Spatial Database Model on Trade Liberalization and Female Employment (TF0A4984)
- The South Asia Women in Power Sector Professional Network (TF0A9563)
- Pathways to Power: South Asia Region Baseline Assessment for Women Engineers in the Power Sector (TF0A9563)
- 360-degree Logistics for Small- and Medium-Size Enterprises and Inland Waterways (TF0A4896)
- Moving Forward: Logistics and Connectivity to Sustain Bangladesh's Success (TF0A5490)
- Strengthening Cross-Border Value Chains: An Opportunity for Bangladesh and India (TF0A3517)
- The WEB of Transport Corridors in South Asia (TF0A3512)
- Transport Corridors and Their Wider Economic Benefits: A Quantitative Review of the Literature (TF0A3512)
- The Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors: a Policy Framework and Illustrative Application to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (TF0A3512)
- Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors : Evidence from International Development Organizations (TF0A3512)
- South Asia's Transport Corridors Can Become Engines of Growth (TF0A3512 video)
- The Web of Transport Corridors (TF0A3512; free, self-paced class)
- Highways Can Do More for Women (2019 analysis)
- A Glass Half-Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia (2018 report)
- A Glass Half-Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia (2018 country summaries)
- Getting to Work: Unlocking Women's Potential in Sri Lanka's Labor Force (TF0A3403)
- Voices to Choices: Bangladesh's Journey in Women's Economic Empowerment (TF0A0990)