WestMinister Foundation for Democracy, EACSOF Regional Meeting on CSO legislative Environment for CSOs in the East African Region

Regional meeting on the Legislative Environment for Civil Society Organizations in the East African Region

WFD in collaboration with EACSOF commissioned a policy focused research on the Legislative Environment for Civil Society Organizations in the East Africa region whose anticipated output will form the basis of round table discussions. The round table discussions will build on information from key resource persons from the Civil Society Sector within the East Africa region thus provide a basis to update the EALA Committee on General Purpose on the status of the same.              

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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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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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EALA AGREES TO COLLABORATE WITH EACSOF

PRESS RELEASE  4th September 2016 The East African Civil Society Organization’s Forum (EACSOF) Secretariat led by the Secretary General on 30th August 2016 met the General Purpose Committee of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). The EALA legislators most of whom before the meeting did not know much about EACSOF appreciated the gesture, saying that the meeting made them to understand more the about aims of EACSOF and the strategic positioning of EACSOF in ensuring a people centered EAC regional cooperation and Integration process. Among the key agreement was that…

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FOLLOW- UP ON THE PROPOSED CSO-EALA ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK

EACSOF Delegation, Ms. Martha Makenge and EACSOF Secretary General Mr. Zaa Twalangete, Lilian Alex – Programmes Assistant meet with the EALA GPC

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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