Theory of Change

The Domains of Change and Pathways and Breakthroughs for the theory of change

The underlying theory of change embodied in EACSOF Strategic Plan 2016-2020 highlighting ‘domains of change’ that EACSOF believes will make a significant contribution towards improved citizen participation in the EAC integration process. The overall EACSOF theory of change states that:

“If citizens in all member states were empowered and they became more aware of their rights and responsibilities, they would be less powerless. They will thus become civically confident and competent to effectively organize in their various CSOs and to form national platforms that effectively engage in political and other development process shaping the EA integration process. The national platforms would in particular be able to articulate their interests in the EA integration processes and engage their leaders at various levels to set relevant leadership performance standards; they would then demand that their leaders perform against those standards.; if leaders in turn note that the people they lead are organized and are aware of the role of leadership in championing their livelihoods as well as their social, political and economic aspirations, and interests within the broader EAC they will be committed to and will, believe and promote democracy and democratic principles of societal management. if then EACSOF continues lobbying and influencing the EAC policy environment in which it is situated by building capacities of CSOs and provide effective platforms for CSOs to influence policy vis a vis EACSOF thematic areas on Democracy & Good Governance; Peace and Security: Human Rights; Social and Economic Justice; Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Climate Change Management; Science and Technology if progressively the policy landscape in the region is responsive to the interests of the citizens, and policy makers become aware and sensitive to this reality and if EACSOF’s institutional capacity is further strengthened and it becomes more efficient and effective in coordinating the efforts of its member national chapters and mandates; then this will result into an integrated EAC fully owned by its citizens.”