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The Passing of an East African Community Gender Champion and Advocate

Ms Marren Akatsa Bukachi, the former Executive Director of the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement for Women (EASSI), died on the 1st October 2017 in Nairobi-Kenya after a long battle against cancer. Marren Akatsa Buchachi was a strong and tireless figure who fought bravely for the emancipation and empowerment of women, stood…
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CDEA’s Executive Director wins national and regional CEO awards

CDEA's Executive Director, Ayeta Anne Wangusa was awarded a country and regional award by CEO Global's Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in the Arts and Culture category. Getting the regional award automatically enters her into the continental award competition that will be held in November in South Africa. Anne Ayeta Wangusa,…
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Culture and Arts as Engine of Integration: EAC Jamafest 2017

Culture is a primary driver of unity and integration in the East African Community. The EAC Jamafest 2017, taking place from 07 to 15 September in Kampala, Uganda, brings together all EAC Partner States in celebrating culture and creative industries under the theme “The Drum Call”. The Drum Call and the symbol of the drum…
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The Generation of Tomorrow: Getting Youth Involved in the Electoral Process

Your vote is louder than a gun – that was one of the slogans of the AGA 2017 Regional Youth Consultations. Convened under the auspices of the African Governance Architectures Youth Engagement Strategy (AGA-YES), the consultation for East-Southern Africa took place from the 28-30. August 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania at the EAC Headquarters. The meeting…
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Cycling for EAC Integration: the Tour d’EAC 2017

‘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’       John Balongo, Director…
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YouthConnekt Africa 2017: from Potential to Success

Africa is undergoing a demographic sea change and has the youngest population of any continent in the world with 226 million people aged between 15 and 24. Although the willingness to innovate and succeed is abundant, a fundamental lack of education, employment and financial opportunities has led to Africa having the largest youth unemployment rate…
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IIDEA Concludes Due Diligence with Profemme Twesehamwe

A team from IIDEA visited Profemme Twesehamwe (PFTH), a NGO registered in Rwanda working on women’s rights and gender equality. The purpose of this visit was to ascertain its financial and technical capability to implement their approved project. This innovative project seeks to strengthen cross-border businesses of women-led SMEs involved in the trade of grains…
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DOADOA 2017 | East African Performing Arts Market

What is DOADOA? Despite an abundance of talent and ambition, East African artists struggle more than most to find commercial success within the regional and international market. Often, we hear about the success of the Nigerian music industry as a result of its local market of over 180 million consumers and its ability to export…
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A Glance at Namanga Cross-Border Trade

Informal Cross-Border Trade Informal cross-border trade, which is trade that occurs outside of formal, legal mechanisms, plays an important role in the economies of East Africa. It not only acts as an accelerator of economic development, but also regional development. Generally speaking, informal cross-border trade can encourage entrepreneurial activity, regional trade, contribute to greater food…
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5th Annual EAC Secretary General’s Forum

Secretary General Hon. Libérat Mfumukeko will convene the 5th Annual Secretary General’s Forum in Bujumbura, Burundi from the 22nd to 23rd June, 2017 under the theme, ’15 Years of the EAC: Towards a Borderless Community’. The EAC (East African Community) Secretariat with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) implemented the CDF (Consultative Dialogue…
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