About Us

Mr. Edmund Yakan, Chairperson
Ms. Lilian Alex C.E.O

Our Story

The East African Civil Society Organizations Forum (EACSOF) is a registered regional non-governmental organization based in Tanzania, with country chapters in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Uganda. EACSOF’s primary focus is to enhance civil society engagement in the East African Community (EAC) integration process. The organization employs various strategies, including information sharing, networking, and capacity building for civil society organizations (CSOs), along with citizen engagement on EAC integration issues.

EACSOF role aligns with the provisions of the EAC Treaty. Article 1 of the Treaty defines civil society, and EACSOF’s activities are consistent with this definition. Article 7 outlines operational principles, emphasizing people- and market-driven cooperation. Article 128 encourages Partner States to create an enabling environment for the private sector and civil society. Notably, EACSOF serves as the official CSO representative in the EAC Dialogue Framework, a tripartite arrangement involving CSOs, private sector organizations (PSOs), and the EAC. This underscores EACSOF’s position as a key participant in facilitating consultations among diverse stakeholders within the East African integration process.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Mr. Edmund Yakani

Community Empowerment for
Progress Organisation (CEPO)

Mr. Isaak Bakanibona

Association Pour La Consolidation De La Paix Au

Mr. Mwananawe Aimable

Ihorere Munyarwanda Organization

Mr. Daniel Lema

Freedom House

Ms. Lilian Alex

CEO EACSOF Secretariat

Ms. Angelique Kabeeza

Rwanda Civil Society Platform

Ms. Jamila Hassan


Mr. Benedict Omilo

Eastern Africa Child Rights Network

Ms. Lilian Muchoki

Sauti ya Jamii

Mr. Henry Muguzi

African Election Observers Network

Ms. Sarah Bierette

Center for  Constitutional
Governance (CCG)

Ms. Esperance Buccumi

National Women’s Forum.

Mr. Henry Muguzi

African Election Observers Network

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