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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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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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

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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