THE STATE OF EAST AFRICA REPORT 2013
Improving the quality of life of the people of East Africa is at the heart of regional integration process. The State of East Africa Report 2013 emanates from he following three elements of the objectives, fundamental and operational principles in the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community.
The first is the attainment of sustainable growth and development of the partner states by the promotion of a more balanced and harmonious development of the Partner States (Article 5). The second is the equitable distribution of benefits (Article 6) and the third is the commitment to people centered and market-driven co-operation (Article 7).
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IntroductionInformation, Insight, Imagination. What next? The ultimate objective of the State of East Africa Report is to create spaces for dialogue and engagement that are solidly grounded on these three elements. Earlier sections of this report reveal a more nuanced picture of East Africa than the conventional narrative portrays. Not only are historical and contemporary inequalities being addressed very slowly – if at all – but also current drivers of economic growth are generating increased disparities between those that managed to catch the train and those left standing on the platform. The same conventional narrative often claims that this is the inevitable sequence of events. Allow a few people to climb up the ladder and they will pull those left behind. It can be argued that the linearity of the trickle-down approach does not work in a context where growth is generated by the exploitation of rents and the production of primary commodities with diminishing returns. The transition from a rent-seeking economy to one that is wage-driven is complex and open to arriving at multiple equilibria, some of which may be sub-optimal. The outlooks on the future of inequality in East Africa offer a glimpse of what some of these might look like. The region’s current reality could be viewed as an archipelago of islands. Some islands feature “Winner Takes All” approaches. Witnesses the many attempts by elements of the wealthy classes to use public resources and political influence to acquire assets and to extort rents from the poor.
Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenges
Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenge is the latest and fourth in the SoEAR series produced in partnership with Trademark East Africa- compiles and analyses data across key economic, social and political indicators from the five members states of the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda), which update and improve the first State of East Africa Report 2006.
Nature Under Pressure
Nature under Pressure presents a snapshot look at the status of the region’s water, food production and energy resources, considered as the three most important elements in the region’s natural system which sustain and enhance the quality of human life.
Searching For The Soul Of East Africa
Searching for the Soul of east Africa takes a look beneath the statistics and presents seven essays which reflect on a simple question: Who are we and what shapes us? The essays are contributed by authors from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and are completed with eighteen cartoon images, offering a pictorial description of the region, which is irreverent and profound at the same time.
Trends, Tensions and Contradictions
Trends, Tensions and Contradictions presents a compilation and analyses of a broad range of statistical indicators of the region. Facts and figures in this report highlight where our attentions need to be focused in order to understand: drivers of poverty and inequality and pick up opportunities for a more prosperous and socially inclusive East African integration process.
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