EACSOF CONTRIBUTES TO AFRICA CSO POSITION ON 2ND HIGH LEVEL MEETING

The African Preparatory Conference For The 2nd High Level Meeting  focused on consolidating African Civil Society Organization’s position ahead of the second High Level Meeting (HLM2) that was held in Nairobi, Kenya on the 28th November-1st December, 2016. Being an invaluable actor in development cooperation, towards anchoring African CSO position was paramount. The meeting did not only provide the opportunity to be acquainted to the process and conference, but also offered  an opportunity for East African CSOs to contribute HLM2. Further the meeting outcome was to help shape the African…

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MAKING TRADE WORKS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION IN THE EAC.

The quest for industrialization and structural transformation is even stronger given the changing international trade landscape. Currently, international trade is being shaped by reciprocal and largely asymmetrical Free Trade Agreements. The EAC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is one of such agreements. Over the years, many trade analysts, civil society, farmers and manufacturers have raised concerns on the inherent dangers of the EPA on EAC’s value addition, industrialization and structural transformation efforts.  It is therefore important to reassess nature of Trade policies and agreements which can be able to promote industrialization…

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PROTECTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN IN AFRICA

Volence against children is a significant problem throughout the African continent as it is around the world. it occurs in the home and family, schools, care and justice systems, workplaces and the  ommunity. girls and boys of all ages are affected. Violence against children takes different forms: physical violence, including corporal punishment; sexual violence, including harassment and abuse; and mental violence, including verbal abuse, cruelty and harassment of a type that can damage a child’s psychological and emotional health and wellbeing. As well as threatening children’s survival and development, violence…

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EACSOF JOINS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ADVOCACY NETWORK FOR AFRICA (RHANA) CONVENTION TO ADVOCACE FOR DOMESTICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS.

Globally, millions of people do not have adequate access to sexual and reproductive health and rights . Lack of access to sexual and reproductive health and rights prevents individuals from realizing their basic rights and restricts the ability of people to take control of decisions concerning their health and education, and their participation in social and economic life. There are wide disparities in maternal and reproductive health in different countries. Maternal mortality tends to be lower in countries where levels of contraceptive use and skilled attendance at birth are relatively…

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IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS (AFCHPR)

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights 10th Anniversary Symposium  21-22 November 2016 In Arusha. As a continental court established by African countries to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. It complements and reinforces the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Court receive cases filed by the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights, State parties to the Protocol or African Intergovernmental Organizations. Non-Governmental Organizations with observer status before the African Commission and individuals can also institute cases directly before the…

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Civil Society Statement on the current state of play of the EPAs after the European Commission´s latest ultimatum

On 8th September 2016, the 17th Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State is taking place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The 17th Extra-Ordinary Summit will be considering; The EAC Council of Ministers Report on EU-EAC Economic Partnership Agreement;  His Excellency President Mkapa’s Report on the Inter-Burundi Dialogue;  Council Report on matters relating to the Republic of South Sudan;  Swearing in of the new Deputy Secretary General from the Republic of Rwanda.   In regards to the  above, kindly find attached:Civil Society Statement on the current…

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The inherent dangers for the EAC signing the EAC-EU EPA

On the 18th August 2016, an extraordinary meeting of EAC partner states will be held to take a decision on the EPA.  Much likely, the meeting is likely to focus on measures of how to convince   Tanzania to change its earlier position on  EPA.  Statement on the inherent dangers for the EAC signing the EAC-EU EPA.

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Civil Society Statement on the EU-EAC EPA and the Rendezvous Clause negotiations

EAC EPA :The European Commission proposal for a Council decision to sign and provisionally apply the EPA came out on 11 February 2016. At that moment, the text was also published in the different EU languages. Since then, the following activities have been undertaken: EPA translated into Kiswahili and circulated to the Partner States and shared with the EU; EU proposed revisions of a formatting, clerical and editorial nature and EAC provided responses on them EU has informed the EAC that the EU Council of Ministers will meet on 20…

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Right to Nationality and Eradication of Statelessness

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Right to Nationality and Eradication of Statelessness In 2009 AfriMAP, now the AfRO, published two ground breaking studies focusing on issues of exclusion and citizenship in Africa.  Those reports stated that Africa’s wars are fuelled by many factors, most notoriously, natural resources and land.  However, citizenship also ranks atop the contributors to conflict on the African continent.  The rampant and unresolved issue of discrimination of citizenship has led to conflict in Côte d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo. The studies made an urgent case for the right to a nationality…

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