About the Project

The Building and Inclusive East African Community (BIEAC) project raised awareness among East African Civil Society Organisations about the challenges and opportunities of East African regional integration.

The East African Community (EAC) members countries - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda - scaled up their integration efforts with the strategic goal of attaining deeper economic, cultural and political union in the region. This two-year project in these countries raised awareness among East African Civil Society Organisations for a better understanding of both challenges and opportunities of trade integration.

This enabled a number of civil society organisation better participate and engage in the EAC integration process, as well as Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the European Union (EU).

The activities included research on the ground in the form of a bottom-up identification of relevant issues to understand the perceptions and needs of the population, which were discussed at national and regional advocacy workshops. This then served to inform policy makers at the EAC Secretariat level through a Regional Conference held in Arusha, Tanzania.

Issues examined under the project included regional migration, informal cross-border trade, tax policy and regulatory harmonization, non-tariff barriers, accession of Burundi and Rwanda to the EAC, competition law among other trade opportunities and challenges in the region.

Key features


Support civil society organisations (CSOs) in the EAC member countries to examine the implications of external trade policies on the welfare and livelihood of people and provide a better understanding of both challenges and opportunities of regional integration.


November 2008 - November 2010 (completed)


EUR 600,000


Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda


Action Développement et Intégration Régionale (ADIR, Burundi)

Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD, Rwanda)

Tanzanian Association of Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO, Tanzania)

Southern and Eastern African Trade Information Negotiations Institute (SEATINI, Uganda)

CUTS Africa Resource Center, Nairobi (Kenya)




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