View of Bujumbura
Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi is nestled along the north eastern shores of Africa's deepest water body, Lake Tanganyika. The city serves as the country's chief port. Chief exports include coffee, cotton, skins and tin ore.
CONCEPTUALIZATION MEETING OF STATE OF EAST AFRICA REPORT-2014
The EAC has matured. It is a matter of fact now. The State of East Africa Report 2014 (SoEAR 2014) wants to take the conversation about regional integration from the “mechanical” to the “strategic.” Internally, the question is how to make it palatable to domestic populations? Externally, what are the options in terms of expansion?
View of Mwanza
Night falls over the hilly and picturesque city of Mwanza in northwest Tanzania along the southern shores of Lake Victoria. With a population of over 700,000, it is Tanzania's second largest city, following Dar es Salaam.
View of Kampala
The iconic Mandela National Stadium at the eastern outskirts of Uganda's capital city, Kampala. Also referred to as Namboole Stadium, the 50,000 capacity stadium is chiefly used for football matches, although other sports are also practiced.
View of Kigali
"The land of a Thousand Hills", Rwanda is a green undulating landscape of hills, gardens and tea plantations. Embark on a gorilla trek at the Parc National des Volcans. This is Rwandans biggest tourist attraction, and at $500 for an hour with the gorillas it is also a substantial earner.
View of Nairobi
The sun rises on a cloudy day over the city of Nairobi in Kenya. Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3 million. The city is also the region's economic hub.
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One People, One Destiny? The Future of Inequalities. Download The State of East Africa Report 2013

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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Introduction

Information, 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.

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2012 Report

Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenges

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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.

2008 Report

Nature Under Pressure

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 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.

2007 Report

Searching For The Soul Of East Africa

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 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.

2006 Report

Trends, Tensions and Contradictions

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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.


Posted on Friday September 20, 2013

Posted in: East Africa

In this Greater Horn of East Africa (GHEA) Outlook, three trends are examined that at first do not seem connected. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been a victim of constant violence, corruption, wars and exploitation for many decades. There seems to be no end in sight to the conflict and instability that its citizens have long suffered. Today, it is at the center of gravity in the vortex of violence in the region.

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Posted on Thursday August 08, 2013

Posted in: Citizenship & Governance; Sustainability

In the latest Greater Horn of East Africa (GHEA) Outlook we examine three trends that will shape the future of the region. The first is the push to devolve government throughout the GHEA, with a specific look at Tanzania, Kenya and South Sudan. Each of these countries have chosen to devolve and decentralize for different reasons but all with the same hope of improving the livelihoods of the people and delivering services to them. The second trend is the emphasis on local partnerships in science and technology to improve healthcare in places like Tanzania.

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Posted on Sunday August 04, 2013

Posted in: East Africa

In this latest Greater Horn of East Africa (GHEA) Outlook, we examine three interrelated trends that have largely been overshadowed by the constant praise the region has received over the past few years. 'Africa Rising' has now become the phrase that best captures how the world perceives Africa. The positive growth story has captivated the region and those who are interested in it. This narrative in many ways has overshadowed some trends that are directly affecting the poor and vulnerable. 

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