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Strengthening local economies is an important step in improving people’s livelihoods and building peace. Women play a vital role in this but are too often excluded or lack opportunities. Three-quarters of small-scale traders working across borders in the Great Lakes region of Africa are women. International Alert supports them with training in small business management and advice on their rights. This has helped them to build stronger ties with women like them in neighbouring countries and has reduced cases of harassment at the border. We have been working for nearly three decades to help communities like these build peace. We work with local partners in 25 countries and help millions of people to live more successful and peaceful lives. In peace, International Alert

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Peace and goodwill to all

Š Carol Allen Storey for International Alert

International Alert Christmas Card 2013