EACSOF developed a proposed framework for strengthening EALA – CSO collaboration, which was developed with representatives from each national chapter including 2 meetings in Arusha during November 2013 and Nairobi during Feb 2014. This initiative builds on the already existing EAC – CDF (Consultative Dialogue Framework)
EACSOF has been following up on the way forward on the Draft CSO-EALA Engagement Framework which was submitted to the EALA General Purpose Committee (GPC).
On 30th August 2016 EACSOF Delegation, Ms. Martha Makenge and EACSOF Secretary General Mr. Zaa Twalangete, Lilian Alex – Programmes Assistant and Patrick Moshi Communications Officer had a meeting with the EALA GPC. The GPC were updated on EACSOF initiatives and strategy and GPC shared their ideas on how CSOs can collaborate with EALA on having harmonized synergy and interventions that will enable to move forward the EAC Integration Process.
- EALA GPC have recommended EACSOF to hold a Joint Strategic Workshop with CSOs that will share views and strategize on solutions to issues affecting EAC citizens; a key deliverable will be a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between EALA and CSOs highlighting Thematic Issues and Activities that will be undertaken.
- EALA GPC also recommended EACSOF to draft a bill that will harmonize NGO laws with aim to creating an enabling environment for CSOs.