Archive for March, 2014

By Nawiri Nerima

A host of challenges abound for the East African Community’s regional integration process.There’s lack of understanding and knowledge about the integration process by politicians and constituents (citizenry) ,writes @SIDEastAfrica‘s  Ahmed Salim in his review of  Ambassador Mwapachu’s book (Challenging the Frontiers of African Integration:Dynamics of Policies,Politics and Transformation in the East African Community).The previous stages of integration(Customs Union,Common Market) too haven’t as fully been implemented yet.Overlapping membership,poor infrastructure(East Africa is said to have the worst transport network in Africa) and poorly developed financial markets are the other conspicuous bottle-necks. This was two years ago. Today,inequality in the EAC cannot be wished away either.  Inequality in Kenya for instance  has been rising since 1995,according to a  new report by @SIDEastAfrica – The State of East Africa Report 2013 .The report offers new revealing information on the ‘Future of  Inequality in East Africa’, provides fresh insights, sparking the collective imagination and encouraging deeper citizen engagement with the processes that are shaping East Africa. Tomorrow from 9a.m (Conference Room), IDIS Forum for International Affairs under the auspices of the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at the University of Nairobi will host a half-day seminar on what the future of inequality contends for young people in the Community:

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The session will feature a presentation –An EAC Overview and One People, One Destiny? – The Future of Inequality in East
Africa, byAidan Eyakuze , the principal author of the The State of East Africa Report 2013 and Associate Regional Director, Society for International Development.

Pertinent questions/issues arise on what the EAC integration process holds for its young populace’s future:

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflections of a pan-Afrikanist

The ‘human race’ has for thousands of years consumed water as if it were an inexhaustible natural resource. Indeed, the vast oceans and rivers as well as recently discovered aquifers have led us to believe that water is inexhaustible. However,the fact is, 97% of all the water on the earth is salt water- unsuitable for drinking or growing crops and technologies to desalinize are expensive and beyond the reach of most of the countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Of the freshwater resources, 70% is in the form of ice and permanent snow cover. Furthermore,available estimates,put freshwater lakes and rivers as constituting only 0.3% of the total freshwater useable for the entire human and animal population of the world (Vajpeyi, 2012:1).

Currently,Kenya and Hungary heads a group of 30 member states tasked with drafting the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals- a set of mid-term global objectives to succeed the UN’s Millennium Development…

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