The program aims to contribute towards strengthening of accountability, fair distribution and sustainable use of resources.

The Eastern Africa has been adversely affected by financial crisis that is currently being experienced across the globe. This has significantly shrunk export crops that have traditionally been the main foreign exchange earner. Unemployment for the region’s youth across the board has further increased. Almost all countries of the region have recorded double digit inflation which has had severe impact on the banking sector, especially commercial interest rates. This situation is further compounded by the scramble for natural resources and land by developed countries, dispossessing local communities and stripping them off their livelihoods.

The program aims to achieve the following specific objectives

  • To influence macroeconomic policies that promote equitable growth, human development and the fair distribution of resources, with a focus on taxation, trade, and investment
  • To support livelihoods and social and economic rights claims
  • To expose unjust influence on decision making and resource allocation and support initiatives that demand and promote transparency, accountability, prudence and integrity in public fiscal and financial management; and
  • To enhance natural resource governance that is responsive, sustainable, transparent and accountable.

The key priority areas of the program include:

  • Macro-economic policy

    Through this program, OSIEA will support initiatives that promote inclusive and equitable growth, human development, and fair distribution of resources with a focus on taxation, trade, and investment policies. Using a social justice lens, the portfolio emphasizes democratic governance as a means to development as opposed to the prevailing narratives that citizens cannot have both. We will support voices at the margins of East African economies in order to restore the relationship between those at the receiving end of macroeconomic policy and policy makers. Our interest is in local organizations and movements engaged in: tax and trade advocacy at international and domestic levels, research, policy debates, and other innovative initiatives that pursue economic justice and inclusion of women, youth, small scale traders, farmers and other marginalized groups.
  • Natural resources governance

    This portfolio will address these challenges of natural resource governance including the large scale evictions of poor people from their ancestral lands; negative environmental impact of natural exploration and extraction; weak governmental institutional and legal framework and resultant poor fiscal framework, lack of transparency, and poor long-term investment strategies; potential resource conflicts that could arise from presence of oil and gas installations amidst poor communities. This will be through research and knowledge creation for learning across; strengthening relevant policy and legal frameworks across the region; promoting community involvement and participation; and advancing access to justice for affected communities.
  • Food security and land rights

    The portfolio will focus its advocacy on better land, trade and taxation policies for pastoral communities. While the portfolio originally related to pastoralist adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, it has now been expanded to include trade, taxation and natural resources contexts in pastoralist lands. Indeed most extractive and conservation projects are located in pastoral areas. The portfolio also promotes extension services for livestock health and market