The State of East Africa 2013 is out now!

The State of East Africa Report 2013: One People One Destiny: The Future of Inequality in East Africa

'Not one, but three East Africas!'

This is one of the key insights of the new State of East Africa Report 2013 on the theme One People, One Destiny? The Future of Inequality in East Africa published by the Society for International Development (SID), with support from TradeMark East Africa (TMEA). The Report, launching on November 22nd 2013, in a ceremony presided over by the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly Right Honourable Margaret Zziwa, in the presence of the Honourable Members of the East African Legislative Assembly at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi at 09:00 is designed to raise awareness about East Africa by revealing new information, providing fresh insight, sparking the collective imagination and encouraging deeper engagement with the processes that are shaping the region.

The State of East Africa Report 2013 goes further than merely describing East Africa from a statistical perspective. The Future of Inequality in East Africa, interrogates a fundamental question of great relevance to the process of regional integration, namely, to what extent are the fundamental objectives of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community of promoting 'balanced and harmonious growth', 'equitable distribution of benefits' and 'people-centered' integration, being achieved.

To explore the future of inequality in East Africa, the State of East Africa Report 2013 interrogates a large amount of data to describe how inequality is manifesting itself in East Africa, unpacks the forces that are shaping it and imagines three different ways in which it might evolve over the next three decades. It also outlines some strategic policy options on how inequality might be addressed, as a way of catalysing national and regional dialogue on the issue, and its implications for integration.

The report is available on the new dedicated website of the State of East Africa Report Series

Key Insights | Executive Summary | Introduction

The Society for International Development (SID) is an international network of individuals and organizations founded in 1957 to promote social justice and foster democratic participation in the development process. Through locally-driven programmes and activities, SID strengthens collective empowerment, facilitates dialogue and knowledge-sharing on people-centered development strategies, and promotes policy change towards inclusiveness, equity and sustainability. SID has over 30 chapters and 3,000 members in more than 50 countries. While headquartered in Rome, Italy, its main operational offices are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

171 TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is a not for profit organization which promotes regional trade and economic integration in East Africa, by working closely with East African Community (EAC) Institutions, National Governments, Private Sector and Civil Society. TMEA has its headquarters in Nairobi with branches in Arusha, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali and Juba. TMEA is a transparent, flexible, responsive and partner driven organization. TMEA enables synergies by having both a regional and national focus while working with existing East African mechanisms and structures.