In response to the rapid political, economic and social changes taking place in East Africa and in the broader African continent, the State of east Africa Report Series- initiated by the SID Regional Office for Eastern Africa in 2005- provides political leaders, policy makers and citizens with information and insights about the region and the ongoing integration process.

The series captures the key changes facing the region and interrogates the drivers and implications of these changes. SID has produced 4 Reports between 2006- 2012, the 2013 report will be the fifth in the Series.
What is the Purpose of SoEAR?

The first State of East Africa Report 2006: 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.

The second State of East Africa Report 2007: 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.

The third State of East Africa Report 2008: 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.

SoEAR 2012 in Numbers.
4,500 Physical copies distributed
3,500 Number of times the report was downloaded online
8,111 Visits to the SoEAR page
14 Public and strategic engagements in the EAC
40+ Media mentions

The State of East Africa 2012: Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenge is the 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.

SoEAR 2012: A Recap
The EAC has shown trends of deepening integration but intensifying challenges.
Deepened integration:
The EAC + neighboring countries want a seat at the table
The EAC economy had an average growth rate of 6% between 2005-2010
Trade between EAC countries expanded from $2.2 billion in 2005 to $4.1 billion in 2010
Increased FDI inflows as well as regional infrastructure projects
Cooperation in securing peace and stability in the region Intensifying Challenges
People’s livelihoods and welfare have not transformed in a positive way
Poverty persists at high levels despite national poverty reduction strategies
Food insecurity and high prevalence of malnutrition coupled with an education crisis across EAC partner states

Themes of SoEAR 2013
The 2013 report will explore whether and how East Africa’s growth patterns and integration process provide for increasing inclusiveness and equity of development gains.
Explores the current status of income and wealth inequality both between and within East African nations, identifies the drivers of that inequality and imagines plausible outlooks on future of inequality in the region.

The report will take stock of the following objectives of the EAC Treaty
Article 5 (a) 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 6 The fundamental principles that shall govern the achievement of the objectives of the Community by the Partner States shall include:(e) equitable distribution of benefits;
Article 7 The principles that shall govern the practical achievement of the objectives of the Community shall include: (a) people-centered and market-driven cooperation.

Picture of Now
Explore how East Africa’s growth patterns and integration process provide for increasing inclusiveness and equity of development gains.
Provides the economic success story of the two East Africans living in one EAC.

Drivers of Inequalities in East Africa
Unpacking an analysis of the economic growth and implications on livelihoods, welfare and aspirations of East Africans.
Disaggregating social indicator data to analyze equity dimensions.
Taking stock of the EAC Treaty objectives with respect to inclusiveness and equity and who is benefitting from regional integration.
Policy Domains to tackle Inequalities
What policy levers can we use to promote the agenda of positive transformation in the region?
How can regional integration support transformation of the economy?

Scenarios and Future Trends
The Report gives three outlooks of the region: the first is a future in which the poorest are excluded from participating in East Africa’s growth process, second outlines a possible future in which much is promised to the region’s poorest citizens, and on the face of it, delivered and lastly a future in which the EAC’s underlying economic strategy alters its outward orientation following a youth-led protest that chokes the regional economy at its most vulnerable points.