CREATION OF A DIALOGUE FRAMEWORK ON EAC INTEGRATION BETWEEN PARLIAMENTARIANS AND CSOs IN TANZANIA

CREATION OF A DIALOGUE FRAMEWORK ON EAC INTEGRATION BETWEEN PARLIAMENTARIANS AND CSOs IN TANZANIA

EACSOF Tanzania Chapter  with support from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has been undertaking key initiatives to advance EAC regional integration specifically: Development of the East Africa Integration Communication and Advocacy strategy, that guides CSOs to develop key advocacy messages on priority issues related to East Africa and broadcast of  Radio programs aiming to raise awareness on available opportunities in EAC such as infrastructure, social services, role of EAC leaders in making informed decisions,  good governance and democracy. FCS in collaboration with the EACSOF Tanzania Chapter also conducted a…

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

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

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.

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)

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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FOLLOW- UP ON THE PROPOSED CSO-EALA ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK

FOLLOW- UP ON THE PROPOSED CSO-EALA ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK

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 –…

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

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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Making Investments Work for the People

Making Investments Work for the People

EACSOF and SEATINI raised awareness on the state of play of the investment policies and practices at EAC level Introduction SEATINI Uganda held a regional meeting on the 18th to 19th May in Uganda, to discuss about foreign investments in East Africa and their implications to the local society. This meeting aimed at analyzing the level of foreign investment in each East African state. Hence a comparison of the level of foreign investment to the development of the local society that is to what extent does an individual citizen benefit…

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

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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