Watch the 'East Africa One people One Destiny' presentation by Aidan Eyakuze
Though the East African economy shows an impressive growth rate trend with an average of 6% per year, both inequalities between the five different countries in the region – Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda – and strong differences between the rich and the poor people within these countries suggest that this economic growth is not inclusive and equitable
With illustrative anecdotes and story-telling pictures, Aidan Eyakuze, leading author of the SID annual publication 'The State of East Report Series', brought to life the statistics of the 2013 SID report focusing on Inequalities in East Africa. Aidan Eyakuze presented economic, social and political drivers of inequality, addressing issues such as malnutrition, the growing share of the service-sector in national economies and corruption in government institutions. Strategies to overcome these inequalities should focus on both ends of the spectrum: the richest 10% and the poorest 40% of the population. Effective implementation of such strategies to promote societal transformation requires both will and skill, a potential supply of which should be looked for in the growing number of young people in East Africa.
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