EAC and Gender, Community Development and Civil Society
The EAC Treaty stresses that regional integration and development should be people-centred and participatory. To this end, broad participation of key stakeholders including women, the youth, private sector and the civil society is needed. Partner States must create an enabling environment for these stakeholders to thrive. Especially women, despite constituting over 60% of the EAC population, are still marginalised in decision-making processes and often have limited access to education, finance, information and communication technologies in comparison to their male counterparts. In order to address these challenges, Partner States have begun enacting and implementing different policies and legal frameworks. EAC-Germany supports the EAC in adopting common approaches towards the inclusive engagement of civil society in the EAC integration process, including marginalised groups such as women, children, youth, elderly and differently abled persons, with the aim of employment creation, poverty reduction, women’s empowerment and improving working conditions.
The German Government supports this EAC Sector under Core Area 1 of EAC-German cooperation as defined by BMZ 2030 – “Sustainable Economic Development, Training and Employment” in the Intervention Area of “Socially and Environmentally Sound Supply Chains, Trade and Sustainable Infrastructure”. The cooperation directly contributes to implement two of the eight priority areas defined by the 6th EAC Development Strategy, namely “Customs Services that Facilitate Legitimate Trade and Investment” and “Awareness Creation”. The BMZ 2030 reform strategy focuses on a new quality of cooperation. More information on BMZ 2030 can be found here.