2017 – The IIDEA Year in Review

Two years of incubating small-scale regional integration projects proposed and implemented by civil society and private sector across East Africa later, we look back on a successful 2017.

In our mission to show the achievements of integration to citizens we support fifteen pioneering projects from across the region. Each project conducts activities in two or more Partner States and focuses on issues that range from trade facilitation, technological innovation, cultural exchange, gender equality, youth empowerment, cross-border mobility and more.

This year several projects have been successfully implemented and are finished. Our congrats to our great partners!

In the beginning of the year the CDEA project of a Creative Economy Incubator for EAC’s fashion, design, film and music industries with over 30 participants from Uganda and Tanzania took place.

Later the Pastoral Woman Council worked successfully on transforming the lives of Woman Informal Cross Border Traders along the Namanga Border.

During August and September the Tour d’EAC, a bicycle expedition by East African citizens, generated awareness and engagement within the East African Community.

The Bayimba foundation managed to organise DOADOA, the East African Performing Arts Market, 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.

creativeDNA created the platform clinicPesa to use existing mobile money infrastructure to extend healthcare micro-savings discipline and loan for the uninsured in the EAC. The executive director of clinicPesa was also invited to the Hello Tomorrow Summit in Paris!

This fruitful and inspiring year ended with two applications tackling youth unemployment in the EAC:

Prokazia – an EAC internship app implemented by Ceford brings together students, universities and employers. The LinkedIn of Africa!

YE-App - a platform created by NACOFU for young people to access employment opportunities, exposing young people’s academic skills and competences acquired from universities and technical institutions to potential employers.

In addition IIDEA and our project partners had the chance to participate at various events in the EAC.

Our partners were showcased and engaged as panelists in all different areas, from the creative industries at the Jamafest 2017, our young entrepreneurs at YouthConnect and YouLead 2017 and the trade related partners during the EABC Exhibition and Conference 2017.

Thank you for a great year!

Looking forward to 2018!

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