The East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum, (EACSOF), was founded in 2007 as an autonomous umbrella body of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations, (CSOs), in East Africa. Since its founding, EACSOF has been working to strengthen the institutionalization of the relationship between East African CSOs and the Community, (EAC). It also works to build a critical mass of knowledgeable and empowered civil society in the East African region, in order to foster their confidence and capacity in articulating grassroots needs and interests in the East African Integration Process. It also works to ensure that East African citizens and their organizations work together to play a more effective role in the integration process through building stronger citizen organizations that respond to citizens needs and hold duty bearers to account.
EACSOF vision “An integrated community in which Citizens fully participate in all processes that affect their lives” and Mission “To provide an inclusive platform for Civil society to promote good policies and democratic governance for the wellbeing of East Africans” statements and are further reflected in the goals and objectives. EACSOF’s work focuses under the following programming components: Citizen Empowerment, Policy engagement and Institutional Development with the main objectives to:
• Strengthen the citizens’ civic competence and confidence by enabling citizens to know their rights and obligations and to support them to organise in effective CSO as well as national platforms through which they would be able to assert those rights.
• Ensure Citizen Centered Policy Development and Implementation at National and Regional Levels in regards to Democratic Governance; Peace and Security; Social and Economic Justice; Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Climate Change; and Mainstreaming Science and Technology
• Support EACSOF’s Institutional Capacity building at national and regional level.
EACSOF through its work shall pursue and monitor EAC performance on the key SDGs indicators that resonate with its work while also mainstreaming gender equity and equality.
By championing the above aspects, EACSOF will strengthen its position and relevance in the EAC integration process. As a core aspect of its work EACSOF will focus on empowerment of the citizens by building their civic confidence and competencies to demand for their rights, it will grow into a strong and efficient regional network of national platforms that promotes timely and effective vertical and horizontal communication and information sharing. STAY UPDATED ON EACSOF EVENTS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA
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