Partners

Our partners are handpicked from across East Africa by the IIDEA Committee, which is comprised of members from the Regional Dialogue Committee, Ministries of East African Community Affairs, EAC Secretariat and GIZ. These projects were selected based on IIDEA's selection criteria (see Tools to learn more).

On this page, you can find our partner's profiles to learn about how these exciting projects are building East African integration from the ground up. You will also be able to find links to their websites and Facebook to find out more about the innovative projects and the organisations that implement them.

Profiles

Bayimba Cultural Foundation

DOADOA | East African Performing Arts Market

Start and End Date of Project: January – December 2017

Who We Are

We are Bayimba and we promote arts within East Africa!

What is the idea?

DOADOA | East African Performing Arts Market was initiated to develop the East African market for performing arts into the leading professional networking platform for regional industry professionals in the performing arts business. We want to cause a gradual growth in the identification and exposure of East African performing arts within and beyond the region. This project will enable East African artists and industry professionals to receive exposure, both regionally and internationally, and find new markets by providing platforms to showcase and promote themselves. Additionally, we seek to contribute in joint lobby and advocacy activities for national and regional support towards the cultural and creative industry. This will be achieved by Event Programming, Event Planning, Production Compilation CD, Marketing and Publicity and Promotion elsewhere. DOADOA works towards the big dream of East African integration that is reinforcing social and economic development across the region through the cultural and creative industry.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

We work towards developing the state of arts and culture in Uganda and East Africa so that it can become more vibrant and contribute to socio-economic development. What motivates the team is the ability to meet or manage the demanding programs of the organization.

What do you like the most about your work?

The challenge of staying relevant to our market – the public.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

The establishment of DOADOA as a regional platform for performing arts and maintaining it for five years. Also, working in collaboration and coordination with other partners from the six member states has been one of the most exciting experiences.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

Speaking for the creative arts in East Africa, the level of vibrancy we celebrate today has been achieved due to the ever growing efforts of collaboration and exchanges. We always have to keep that window open.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

Bayimba’s programming has come to be seen as very ambitious and robust. Sometimes it creates tension with the team due to the demands of not only audiences, but artists alike. Something I would do differently: plan, a little less.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Financial sustainability – the never ending struggle to keep our programmes running and seek new partnerships to keep the organization financially healthy.

Campfire Logs Guild

Tour D’EAC 2016

Start and end date of project: Annual

Who We Are

We are an initiative of idealists from diverse adventure backgrounds committed to the transformation of society through adventure training programs. We began our journey in 2011. Since then we have worked with over 300 young people, students and corporate clients throughout East Africa. We now provide adventure based outdoor programs for individuals, families, government institutions, schools, churches, organizations and corporate companies. We work with groups ranging from 2 to 100 people. Programs range in duration from 1 to 30 days. We run programs locally at the various locations with participants experiencing forests, rivers, caves, lakes, mountains and village tours.

What is the idea?

The Tour d’EAC is a cycling event across the East African region. Every year, a team of cyclists travel throughout the EAC Partner states. This tour is aimed at creating awareness about the EAC and the integration agenda.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

Our vision is to maximize opportunities towards a future where we can all live a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.

What do you like the most about your work?

What we like most about our work is the ability to mobilize members to participate in such breath-taking adventures even when the outcome is uncertain.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

Having successfully accomplished Tour d’EAC 2016, meeting different people and being able to carry out all activities as planned – it just makes us very proud.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

Our advice to the people of East Africa is that we need to step forward and own the integration process. We shouldn’t leave it only to politicians. We the people are the ones who will benefit most from integration. Therefore, we should embrace initiatives aimed at fostering integration in our region.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

Well, whatever happened and whatever will happen in the future happens for a reason, all achievements and failures. Things could have always been better, but as Buddha perfectly said, ‘days gone by is gone, tomorrow has not yet come, we have only now, let us start". So, we just want to keep on going and growing. Whatever mistakes we have made, failures we have faced showed us the right path forward and we just want to follow that.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Our biggest obstacles are funding our projects and the perception of the EAC integration. Funding has been the biggest obstacle to our activities. But it is also thought that the EAC only benefits the heads of states. Some think it’s not achievable. We need to prove them wrong.

Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA)

CDEA Creative Economy Incubator for EAC’s Fashion and Design Accessories, Film and Music Industries

Start and end date of project: October 2016 –March 2017

Who We Are

We are a creative think tank, which provides technical and business support to creatives.

What is the idea?

The project focuses on mobility of creatives in the film, music, fashion and design industries from Uganda to participate in incubator activities in Tanzania. The goal of the project is to help East African creative entrepreneurs in artistic industries to acquire technical and business knowledge that will make them regionally competitive. This will be achieved through training, coaching and mentoring, exposure visits, showcasing and marketing creative products, networking and learning between incubatees and connecting investors and to potential incubatees. CDEA is implementing this project because it will enhance economic growth of the cultural and creative industries through the mobility of creative entrepreneurs in East Africa.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

CDEA would like to ensure that the film, music fashion and design industries gain both technical and business development skills to be able to enter the market and be competitive within the EAC. As a creative think tank that provides a leadership platform, we want to improve the creative sector through structured workplace learning, incubation, research & advocacy and capacity building for social change.

What do you like the most about your work?

We like the fact that CDEA has carved out a niche into design and developed evidence-based programmes that place culture at the centre of development in East Africa.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

CDEA has carried out value chain studies in the film and music sector and also an analysis of industry-specific framework conditions relevant for the development film and music industries in Tanzania. The findings of these studies led to CDEA’s discussion to establish a Creative Economy Incubator and Accelerator Initiative that aims to provide both technical and business development skills.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

Arts and culture have a role to play in promoting social cohesion and regional integration as well as economic development. We need to promote them for betterment of East Africa.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

Our Strategic Plan appears to be too ambitious for some activities. However, we have extended the timeline for the establishment for an arts development infrastructure in Dar es Salaam by 5 years.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

The greatest challenge has been resource mobilization to fund our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.

Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD)

EAC Internship App

Start and End Date of Project: November 2016 to November 2017

Who We Are

CEFORD is an NGO that provides capacity development services to enable disadvantaged women, men, youth, children and their groups/organizations to realize their rights and wellbeing.

What is the idea?

The EAC Internship App is a project that aims to bring together the three major players involved in professional learning and development: students, universities and employers. We are providing a solution platform that simplifies the process of accessing internship opportunities and exchange learning by students in East Africa while also easing student supervision by universities. This addresses the challenges faced by students across East Africa in accessing internship opportunities and professional career learning opportunities. The App will match students with posted internship opportunities by companies, organizations or governmental agencies in a common platform, thereby creating a faster means to handle cross-border issues like unemployment across the region.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

Changing lives and empowering generations with decent livelihoods.

What do you like the most about your work?

Impact of our work is being felt at household, community and district level. Our interventions have always been appreciated by the people we target and the communities in which we work in.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

Youth skills development: over 1,500 youth have been trained in agri-skills and have become self-employed and are earning income from agriculture; 100 are trained in ICT multimedia skills and are employed or self-employed; 20 student interns have been absorbed in the job market.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

Learning and sharing experiences is important among development partners. It is also important to build the capacities of grassroot communities to ensure the sustainability of initiatives started.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

Strengthening our lobbing and advocacy capacities at the national level. We have strong networks at the grassroots level but need to build links to the national level to share experiences and advocate for policy and practice changes.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Funding constraints: some of the projects have phased out, yet there is still overwhelming demand for the services across West Nile region where we operate.

creativeDNA

clinicPesa

Start and end date of project: June 2016 to June 2017

Who We Are

creativeDNA is an information technology company that uses innovative, real-time technologies to solve our communities’ day-to-day problems

What is the idea?

clinicPesa is a very secure, fast, reliable and trailblazing real-time digital platform. It empowers low income earners, insurance underserved as well as corporates to plan for their future healthcare needs and those of their loved ones by setting aside funds in a cumulative manner to offset their medical bills in time of need at any registered healthcare facility within the East African region. Many people in our communities are uninsured due to fear of losses in case they don't use their insurance as well as the high cost of becoming insured. This leads to a lack of funds when they get ill, which increases mortality rates.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

Individuals are worried about losing the funds they spend on insurance in case they don’t get ill. Thus, they end-up not getting insured. Businesses on the other end are not motivated to insure their employees due to costs incurred in the cases where their employees use only a given percentage of the insured sum. Using secure, faster technologies and expertise, we at creativeDNA want to empower our communities within the East African region to prepare for their health care services easily and gain peace of mind.

We do so by providing a secure platform that will enable them set aside funds for themselves and their families so that in case they get ill, they are prepared to easily offset their medical bill – in this case their funds don’t expire, but earn an annual bonus. We are looking at extending the same technologies with the drug supply system whereby patients will be able to easily find the nearest cheapest doctor's prescribed medication and purchase it using the same platform when health facilities lack the medicine.

We believe that for a healthy and productive region, everyone should be well prepared and able to pay for all their healthcare needs anywhere and at any time.

It’s our joy and motivation to see every individual in the region get access to affordable healthcare services while creating more jobs, paying taxes and enhancing integration within the region by using our expertise.

What do you like the most about your work?

The fact that we use our expertise to solve the problems of our communities, save lives as well as make people’s livelihoods better comes with limitless opportunities for our communities. It is just so inspiring and keeps us moving stronger as a team.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

creativeDNA has in past two years focused on empowering citizen journalism through our NTVGo mobile Application, as well as pushing policymakers to address the challenges faced in the different communities and institutions that otherwise would never have been brought to light. We have also been able create indirect jobs in communities. The ability of the people to use their phones to watch television, get informed and tell the world what’s happening in every corner of their communities is more than amazing. These technologies are in place since the media cannot have a journalist in every corner of the country.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

Let’s, each in our own capacity, contribute towards building a better tomorrow. It does not matter how young you are, let’s use our talents and the great minds, to change our communities. Make every opportunity in our lives count. In addition to prayer, be patient and persistent towards achieving your business goals. A business can grow not because you have a lot of money, but because you give it your best. Hold your clients with proper esteem and give them quality services.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

We would have started innovating and automating the healthcare sector sooner. The reason being, the health sector is a very important sector for each one of us. With regards to technology, it’s been left behind. Innovators keep innovating in different sectors and end up forgetting health sector as a key sector for growth.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Reaching out to the customers who want to use your service/product hasn’t been an easy task, because being we are like a distribution network that involves, telecoms, banks, health facilities, aggregators for specific gateways. Acquiring these partnerships has not been an easy journey, particularly getting finances for particular product implementation. I can confirm that, as a local service provider, it’s been very hard to get international investors.

Danceteam Africa

Performance Art for Youth Africa (PAYA)

Start and end date of project: November 2016 to December 2016

Who We Are

Danceteam Africa is an NGO working in the field of culture and youth

What is the idea?

PAYA is joined project by the DEN GRI Foundation & Danceteam Africa that trains young East-African artists in the performance arts. The goal of the project is to provide the young artists of East Africa with the tools to create and implement projects in their communities and create opportunities for co-operation and cultural exchange between artists of East African countries. The project consists of 4 stages: 1) training of the young Artists by African and European experienced artists; 2) implementing 6 simultaneous projects with local youth in Kisumu and Arusha; 3) gathering together all the artists from both Kenya and Tanzania for the final festival; 4) establishing the East African Young Artists Network (EAYAN) to continue reinforcing East African cooperation between artists.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

Dancetam Africa wants to create opportunities through culture and the arts. We encourage young artists to become professionals and find employment in these fields. We wish to make people see how being an ‘artist’ can be a proper profession and how culture can change lives.

What do you like the most about your work?

We enjoy working with young, local artists who have the passion and drive to learn, but are simply missing the tools and opportunities to express their creativity. Seeing the development of individuals working with us is most rewarding and makes us want to continue.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

Danceteam Africa is fairly new organization. But within less than two years, we have managed to be involved in great projects and work with established organizations (this project being one good example!).

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

Art and culture is a strong form of expression and can help to break walls and build bridges.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

There are, of course, some small things that could have been done better in the past with hindsight. But all these experiences have made us grow into who we are now and set us a on a good footing to grow further.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

One thing we struggle with is stereotypes of the arts and how they are seen in the local communities. Many families do not wish their children to become artists, but to get a ‘real job’. Also, the appreciation of hard work of performing artists is yet not widely appreciated and they often have to settle for less than minimum salaries. We wish to change these attitudes towards being more positive about the arts.

The East African Sub Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) & Sauti Africa

Mobile-based trade information and social accountability platform for SMEs engaged in cross-border trade in the EAC

Start and end date of project: May 2017 to December 2017

Who We Are

EASSI is a civil society organization that advocates for the advancement and empowerment of women. Sauti Africa is a mobile based trade information and social accountability platform for East Africa’s cross-border traders.

What is the Idea?

Sauti Africa has partnered with EASSI to pilot a mobile-based trade information and social accountability platform for SMEs engaged in cross-border trade in the East African Community. Our goal is to empower cross-border traders to exercise their rights as citizens of the EAC – able to trade legally, safely and profitably across borders and stand up for their rights with a loud and clear voice. Through our SMS/USSD-based platform, traders can access tailored trade and market information, including border procedures and documentation requirements, exchange rates and market prices for commonly traded commodities. The platform also allows traders to anonymously report incidents of bribery and harassment at border crossings.

Questions & Answers

What do your organizations want to change and what motivates your teams regarding to the work of your organizations?

Informal cross-border trade (CBT) is a major feature of African economies: it creates jobs, contributes to food and energy security, and alleviates poverty. According to UNECA 60% of informal trade in the EAC is carried out by small-scale traders, and 70-80% of these traders are women. Small traders are particularly vulnerable to higher levels of harassment from border officials, including excessive charges, bribe extortion, impounding of goods, sexual harassment and gender-based violence. They are often unaware of their rights as traders and customs procedures and documentation required, and because of this information asymmetry lack the voice to hold officials accountable.

With this project, we aim to address these challenges, ensuring that women traders have quick access to anonymous incident reporting as well as simple and current market and trade information that enables them take advantage of theexisting opportunities in the East African community economic integration process. We are inspired by the opportunity to help solve such major obstacles to progress with a solution that will ultimately lead to an increase in women’s empowerment as well as the value and volume of trade.

What do you like the most about your work?

Knowing that we have a simple, user-friendly and affordable solution to such major challenges is both inspiring and empowering. Our excitement is echoed by all the positive feedback that we have received so far from traders on our platform. Another reward is being able to work every day with talented colleagues who are just as inspired to create positive change in the lives of the women with whom we work.

Which achievements of your organizations are you the most proud of and why?
EASSI

The enactment of an EAC Gender Equality Bill which we have been campaigning for since it is a regional document that consolidates the many instruments on women in one document. Also, EASSI is proud of having a database of over 7000 women traders from across the East African region with whom we engage.

Sauti Africa

We are humbled that Sauti has been fortunate enough to have received recognition and awards from a number of organizations and initiatives, in addition to the generous support we have received from the GIZ-EAC Incubator for Integration and Development. These include the Hiil Innovating Justice Accelerator, the London School of Economics, the D-Prize Challenge and the African Women in Technology Competition.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

Some advice we would give to other people in the region is to continue the work we have already begun. Both Sauti and EASSI believe EAC regional integration has to be above all people-centered and market-driven. As Minister Valentine Rugwabiza of Rwanda expressed EAC integration has to have a “citizen-centered, inclusive and accountable mindset” in order to continue on its path towards an ever closer union (The Guardian 2016[1]). Our joint initiative is well aligned with this vision. Alternatively, we are advocates of the axiom that “Knowledge is power.” As citizens of this region, do your best to equip yourselves with the information on the changing trends of cross border trade to engage in productive trade.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?
EASSI

In relation to cross border trade, a pioneering organization in East Africa, we would have liked to have been able to engage with more women at all border points.

Sauti Africa

One of the main lessons we have learned is with regard to developing partnerships. As a young organization getting a seat at the table can be difficult. You need to establish a clear, concise and convincing case to the folks on the other side of the table for them to trust and respect you.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Our greatest difficulty to date with this project has been in sourcing accurate and complete trade information. We plan to allow traders to access tailored information on clearing procedures, documentation, taxes and tariffs applicable to their products through our platform. However, much of this data is either not publicly available or it is not recorded in a transparent manner. Of course, getting any social enterprise off the ground is a challenge, and we too face the classic challenge of fierce competition for funding.

EASSI
Sauti Africa

East Africa Art Biennale Association (EASTAFAB)

Moving Art across East African Borders

Start and end date of project: November 2016 to January 2018

Who We Are

We are an NGO that promotes East African art and artists.

What is the idea?

The idea of moving artworks from Dar Es Salaam to the East African regional capitals in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to showcase mini-Biennales is a part of activities of the November 2017 Biennale. Since 2003, neither the general public nor the artists themselves in the participant countries have ever been able to view the exhibitions. The aim here is to cement cultural integration in the area of visual arts. The movement of the artworks is done by a branded truck and the media will be involved to generate record-breaking attendance from the general public to the exhibitions.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

Our organization seeks to improve the role of artists in terms of their knowledge, work, participation and say in society as well as their economic conditions. Our team, who work as volunteers, is motivated by our vision to see art playing a central role in the progress of the society one day. The fact that practical possibilities now exist in term of communication and technology means that artists are progressively waking up from their plight and recognizing this possibility. The Moving Art across East African Borders project shows what can be done to achieve these goals.

What do you like the most about your work?

Our source of satisfaction is derived from supporting contemporary artists and their work from conception to finished artworks, from where it has the potential to be seen and interpreted by society. When we see art exhibited, sold, discussed, criticized, change opinions and drive human thinking by either altering preconceived ideas or changing them altogether.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

Since the foundation of this organization in 2003, every two years we have been able to hold exhibitions and print catalogues which showcase artists and their work.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

For the people of East Africa to change their perspective and look at East Africa as a single common market, thereby integrating the region further so we can all reap benefits of a larger market. The whole idea should practically go down to the grassroots.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

We would involve a wider range of stakeholders.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Securing of enough funding to meet our budgets.

National Council of Folklorists of Uganda (NACOFU)

NACOFU-IIDEA Project – Youth Employment (NIP-YE)

Start and end date of project: January 2017 – December 2017

Who We Are

NACOFU is a Ugandan registered NGO that promotes culture and innovation to address the socioeconomic needs of communities.

What is the idea?

The idea is to develop a software system that will act as a platform for young people to access employment opportunities. The platform will expose young people’s academic skills and competences acquired from universities and technical institutions to potential employers. The platform will also enable young East Africans to access necessary qualifications required by potentials employers in order to pursue available opportunities without delay.

Our goal is contribute to reduction in youth unemployment by unleashing the academic, entrepreneurial and cultural skills and competences of young people in Uganda and Kenya.

The platform will identify and link youth skills from various academic disciplines to prospective employers. It will also provide informative newsfeeds to users and link entrepreneurial experts and organizations to interested jobseekers to provide them with entrepreneurial training. This intervention will also utilize the diverse cultural and artistic skills that have been of great interest to young people in the region.

This project will work as a supplement to the existing strategies regarding skill promotion, job creation and employment in East Africa.

Combining aspects of culture, IT, entrepreneurial skills promotion and commercialization could be an effective means of reducing youth unemployment since these are a major interest of the young people, but have not been used in concert to address the issue of youth empowerment in Uganda and Kenya.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

It is evident to us that serious contemporary issues of society are better address using Information Technology. The outcry about the lack of opportunities for young people is increasing by the day.  On the other hand, our organization is involved in culture promotion which is a major attraction to the young people. This is why our project would like to find linkages within these aspects of society in order to come up with sustainable solutions to the escalating problem of youth unemployment.

Our organization has been involved in various cultural projects where young people have shown great interest and participated in multitudes. These interaction have informed our organisation to the problems faced by young people and drawn our attention to their cause. It became glaringly clear to us that any sustainable development initiatives in this region and era need to take into account the plight of young people. Thus, while our focus for some time has been the development and promotion of cultural expressions, the question of whose culture drew us closer the youth.

What do you like the most about your work?

We do projects among people that have no hope for a happy future. After completing those ventures, we see them beam with the joy of achievement and a renewed resolve to succeed in life.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

We overhauled James Lugolole’s house and saved his family from death in rubble as their dilapidated house was on the brink of collapsing on them. This last surviving master player of Busoga Kingdom royal trumpets gained new strengths as a result and has taught 90 youths to play those trumpets. Busoga kingdom royal trumpets have, as a result, been saved from extinction.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

People in the East African Community need to believe in their own capacity to transform themselves individually and as communities by working hard and creatively harnessing opportunities in the global market economy. To show themselves as unique producers of desirable skills, goods and services; reflecting only on past problems and how to address their impact on the present without dwelling on it.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

Young people, who are the majority of our population, were not a major focus in our agenda. We realize the need to include their issues in our project portfolio. Even the preservation of culture that we are involved is more relevant to them as prime movers of issues in society today and in the future.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

We are still struggling to find donors. Culture is still not seen as viable driver of the development agenda. As such, our organization, being in cultural spheres, has for some time faced financial resource limitations, which will eventually affect realization of the full potential of our organization.

Pro-Femmes / Twese Hamwe (PFTH)

Enhanced Market Access for Women cross-border traders of grains in Gatuna and Cyanika (EMAW)

Start and end date of project: October 2017 – September 2018

Who We Are

Pro-Femmes / Twese Hamwe (PFTH) is a civil society umbrella organization aimed at women’s empowerment, peace building, gender equality promotion and development.  Since its inception, the organization has achieved great milestones including influencing national policy reforms and laws in favor of women empowerment, building capacity of women in leadership skills, and gender equality. Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe has carried out evidence based advocacy and encouraged women to participate in elections and decision making processes. Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe has also facilitated socio-economic empowerment of women through relevant programs in poverty reduction, health, education and provision of legal aid services for gender based violence victims.

What is the idea?

The project idea is about using mobile based applications for enhanced market access for women cross border traders of grains (mainly maize, sorghum and beans) at the border between Rwanda and Uganda.  The rationale of the project intervention is to strengthen market information for women cross border traders.  On one side, the project will identify key women cross border traders from Rwanda and Uganda involved in grains cross border trade and facilitate them to access market information. On the other hand, the project will also identify key buyers for the same products on both sides and link them with the identified women cross border traders. This will be achieved through providing women cross border traders with mobile applications and programs that can benefit their businesses.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

PFTH aims to increase knowledge and build skills for 100 women cross border traders on using mobile application at Cyanika-Gisoro and Gatuna-Katuna border of Rwanda and Uganda; linking them to the buyers of these products. We moreover want to facilitate grain products diversification to enable women cross border traders at Cyanika-Gisoro and Gatuna-Katuna to explore bigger markets

What do you like the most about your work?

What we like the most in our work is to see how women enjoy their rights, hold decision making  positions and become economically empowered resulting from advocacy, capacity building, financial support and other interventions.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

PFTH contributed on putting in place National gender policy, Girls’ Education Policy and Decentralization policy and empowered women to participate in decision making positions by training them through ‘WOMEN CAN DO IT’ program. One of the results of this program the ever increasing number of women in decision making positions (in parliament, district councils, district executive Committees, etc).

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

To be successful in any work field it is needed to strengthen relationships and networks with important actors in the area of focus. As civil society organizations in the region, we need to work together and share the common agenda on gender equality.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

We need to involve more media as major partners in the work we do around gender equality and prevention of gender based violence.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

The greatest obstacle we are still facing is the misunderstanding of gender equality that leads to gender based violence and other issues opposed to the promotion of women’s rights.

Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC)

Empuan

Start and end date of project: November 2016 – November 2017

Who We Are

PWC is a non-governmental, women-focused movement of over 3,000 pastoralist women in northern Tanzania. We were founded in 1997 by a group of 10 Maasai women who wanted to see social change within their communities. Our mission is to promote sound cultural, environmental and educational development of pastoralist women and children in order to facilitate their access to essential social services and economic empowerment. We work in three districts in northern Tanzania: Monduli, Longido and Loliondo.

What is the idea?

The idea is Empuan. This is a Maasai word that means renewing and transforming the lives of Women Informal Cross Border Traders (WICBTs). The idea behind Empuan is to renew and transform the lives of WICBTs selling handicrafts along the Namanga Border (Kenya-Tanzania Border). Being a border town, most of these women traders (who are both Kenyan and Tanzanian citizens) live along the border on either Tanzania or Kenya side and most belong to the Maasai community. These women face double marginalization as their trading approach (mostly hawking) earns them a low income and most of them come from a community (Maasai community) that still has oppressive attitudes and culture towards girls and women.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

PWC works to see a developed society, which respects human rights and justice for all.

What do you like the most about your work?

The fact that we have been (and continue to do so) positively impacting and transforming the lives of pastoralist women, children and their communities.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

Supporting the education of over 500 pastoralist children to date and transforming community attitudes about the importance of education, women’s rights and inclusive leadership and development.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

Empowering women is empowering the entire community. Women Rights are Human Rights. We must break the glass ceiling for women in all spheres of life.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

We would invest more in women’s economic empowerment as this is crucial for the holistic empowerment of women and girls.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Patriarchal systems, traditional cultures and practices of pastoralist community that oppress women and girls.

Tanzania Association of Non-governmental Organizations (TANGO)

EAC Small-Scale Business Interest Group’s Portal

March 2017 to September 2017

Who We Are

We are an umbrella of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) which works toward building the capacity of NGOs to effectively engage in and influence the national and international democratic and governance processes.

What is the idea?

Enhanced information availability to small-scale farmers and business interest groups regarding the EAC trade regime so that they can take advantage of the market opportunities to increase their incomes and therefore improve their livelihoods.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

We want to increase the benefits of small-scale farmers and business interest groups from regional integration, more so the Common Market Protocol.

What do you like the most about your work?

Ensuring that the civic population engages and influences the national and international development discourse.

Which achievements of your organization are you the most proud of and why?
  1. TANGO was instrumental in the formation of the East African Civil Society Organization’s Forum (EACSOF).
  2. TANGO has been instrumental in the localization of the EAC Treaty and Protocols by creating  awareness and soliciting the views of ordinary people regarding EAC integration, especially the Customs Union and the Common Market Protocols.
  3. TANGO coordinates the CSOs part of the National Consultative Dialogue and feeds the CSOs views in the regional dialogue.
  4. TANGO is the coordinator and secretariat of EACSOF Tanzania chapter.
  5. TANGO as coordinator of EACSOF, with the support of FCS/TMEA, and recently facilitated networks of CSOs, which are involved in EAC integration matters to develop communication strategies that have resulted into concise message to the EAC and the Government.
  6. TANGO has undertaken orientation sessions for small-scale business interest groups and farmers regarding the EAC trade rules, tariffs and standards.
  7. TANGO also provides information to CSOs regarding the trends in EAC Integration.
What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

To take EAC integration seriously because, whether they like it or not, it has an effect on their livelihoods.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

Yes, we would have built broader networks and partnerships across the EAC so small-scale business interest groups and farmers will take our organization as a facilitation point on EAC matters.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Resources needed to respond to the needs of small-scale interest groups and farmers regarding EAC integration.

Vision 4 Youth (V4Y)

Soko Mokononi

Start and end date of project: November 2016 – December 2017

Who We Are

We are a youth-led organization whose envision having responsible and independent young generation capable of overcoming the problems that face them.

What is the idea?

SOKO MKONONI (Market on Hand) is an innovative idea aimed at making EAC market work for people. The aim is to increase market access and investment opportunities for SMEs in Tanzania and Uganda by having an online portal to communicate market and investment opportunities between the two counties. We do it to increase economic growth among SMEs, where the majority of young people are employed.

Questions and Answers

What does your organization want to change and what motivates your team regarding to the work of your organization?

To provide opportunities for young people in various sectors based on entrepreneurship, networking, training and advocating friendly service on Sexual Reproductive Health education and life skills for young people from the age of 14 – 24 with ultimate goal being to develop and sustain positive behaviours amongst young people and activate involvement in civic issues.

What do you like the most about your work?

How young people are impacted in their daily lives, the active involvements and trust gained amongst young people towards the organization. It is by the youth, for the youth.

Which achievement of your organization are you the most proud of and why?

The happy face of successful young entrepreneurs and well informed youths, because we have young people saying ‘it is because of Vision 4 Youth that I am who I am’. Also, when youth want to be fully involved in our ambassadorship program.

What is the most important advice you can give to other people in the East African Region?

The people driven integration will only take place if and when the citizens of the East Africa Member states are aware of the existence of the East African community and its integration objectives and opportunities that they can derive from participating in joint social, economic and political activities.

When you look back at the work of your organization over the last years, is there anything you would do differently now?

Yes, if we would have funds for other projects, we would have empowered young people in socially, politically and economically to grab the opportunities made available because of the East African Community.

What was the greatest obstacle your organization ever faced or is still facing?

Was when we had to rely on volunteers to accomplish V4Y tasks and outreach. The demand for our services is high but the capacity to deliver is very low. Also, the sustainability of the organization is difficult. To address this, we desire to get several income-generating projects to ensure the sustainability of V4Y.