Preparations are under way towards the Fourth Edition of the Annual National Civil Society Fair to be held from 26th – 27th June, 2014 at Hotel Africana on the theme “Celebrating East African Citizenship”. The Annual National Civil Society Fair is a flagship event that has been firmly established as a major platform that brings together civil society organizations to showcase their contribution to the development and dialogue on key challenges facing the country.
The civil society fair is organized jointly by civil society organizations in Uganda with the support of development partners and private sector firms.
This year’s CSO Fair will offer a unique avenue for ordinary citizens, researchers, policy makers and development practitioners to debate how a people- centred East African integration can be fostered.
“The EAC has made great strides and at present is in the process of fully implementing a common market protocol, which entails ensuring the freedom of people, capital, services and goods. Although the freedom of movement of people has not been fully realized, even with a common East Africa passport in place, States in the community still have in place internal bureaucratic procedures that prevent labour movement. In Tanzania for example citizens of EAC states are charged about $2,000 for a work permit, a fee that is exorbitant and discouraging.”
However we believe that when we work together, we will make great strides towards a successful and harmonized EAC for all. Together Tunawakilisha,” said Mr. Richard Ssewakiryanga, President East African Civil Society Organisations’Forum (EACSOF).
Some of the major highlights to the CSO Fair include the Launch of the Teachers’ Manifesto Audit Report in partnership with UNATU, CSO-Police Dialogue on Policing in East Africa, Advantages of a self-regulated CSO sector, Women’s Participation in the Integration process, and an exciting Debate for East African University Students. More details are attached in the programme.
In addition, over 200 organisationsincluding Government Ministries and agencies, private sector and various NGOs and Civil society are participating in the exhibition. There is lots of entertainment from different musicians and regional cultural groups that will display and array of East Africa’s lasting beautiful culture.
Uganda National NGO Forum is an inclusive national platform that was formed to create a ‘broad-based’ national body for NGOs to come together in their diversity and pursue a collective agenda or engagement with government and other development actors. We are a membership platform that creates space for NGOs to think and strategize on matters of mutual interest
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