CSOs urged to revamp citizens’ engagement in the EAC integration

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work for enhancing citizens’ engagement in the East African regional integration (EAC) have been asked to redefine their core functions and make citizens more aware of what is happening in each step of the process.

This was said by Mr. Francis Kiwanga, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) at a two day meeting held in Morogoro that saw the establishment of a Tanzanian CSOs chapter for enhancing citizens’ engagement in the EAC regional integration.

The Tanzania chapter is part of the East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) coordinated by FCS through funds from TradeMark East Africa.

Mr. Kiwanga added that CSOs need to start working from the grassroots and provide key information on the benefits of the integration and how the process will affect their quality of life.
EACSOF is charged with the role of fostering greater and effective civil society engagement in the EAC integration process. It is envisaged that through EACSOF, CSOs will build networks and institutional capacity so as to enable citizens benefit from the process.


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