Nairobi, Kenya – AWEPA co-financed an Inter-Parliamentary Relations Seminar in Nairobi on 1 December 2016. The Seminar was the tenth in the Nanyuki Series organised by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
The support was provided as part of AWEPA’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) programme, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).
Over 150 participants attended and were drawn from the National Assemblies of the East African Community (EAC) Partner States, EALA, the EAC Secretariat, EAC Ministers and Ministry officials in the respective EAC Partner States, the private sector, local governments, civil society, youth and academia.
The Seminar was anchored on the theme “Good Governance and Poverty Reduction in East Africa”. Participants discussed the gap between theory and the realities on the ground in contemporary East Africa and analysed the correlation between good governance and poverty reduction efforts.
At the end of the Seminar, there was a critical examination and contextualisation of the interface between governance and poverty reduction, focusing on the main anti-poverty reduction strategy in the East Africa Community.
According to analysts, poverty reduction is increasingly becoming a rights-based issue. The international community has accepted it as a universal agenda through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is being reflected at the national level by the initiation and implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) in many developing countries, including the East African Partner States.
The Seminar was an interactive and experiential learning and sharing event, which relied on a participatory and reflexive exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas.
Under the provisions of Article 49 of the EAC Treaty, EALA is required to liaise with the National Assemblies of the EAC Partner States on matters relating to the Community. The Nanyuki series of Inter-Parliamentary Relations Seminars is one of the avenues through which this interaction takes place. More specifically, the Seminar series serves to strengthen the functional relationship between EALA and the EAC National Parliaments and to widen and deepen knowledge of the EAC and the integration process. The first Seminar in the series was held in Nanyuki, Kenya in June 2004.