With illustrative anecdotes and story-telling pictures, Aidan Eyakuze succeeded in bringing to life the statistics of “The State of East Africa Report”. Lead author of the annually published report, Aidan Eyakuze is an engaged economist, aiming to describe, analyse and understand the region from the perspective of the concepts equity and inclusiveness. 2013’s report, strongly focused on questions of inequality, was presented in cooperation with the Africa Study Centre in Leiden on Tuesday 15 April 2014.

Though the East African economy shows an impressive growth rate trend with an average of 6% per year, both inequalities between the five different countries in the region – Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda – and strong differences between the rich and the poor people within these countries suggest that this economic growth is not inclusive and equitable. Eyakuze presented economic, social and political drivers of inequality, addressing issues such as malnutrition, the growing share of the service-sector in national economies and corruption in government institutions. Strategies to overcome these inequalities should focus on both ends of the spectrum: the richest 10% and the poorest 40% of the population. Effective implementation of the strategies which Eyakuze suggests in order to acquire societal transformation requires both will and skill, a potential supply of which should be looked for in the growing number of youthful population in East Africa.

A summary report on this interesting lecture and discussion will be posted here soon.

The lecture and the discussion afterwards was filmed and you can watch the entire presentation via this link.

Trouw newspaper published an article (Dutch) on this event and the discussion. You can find it here.

Watch below video on the values of SID events, according to Aidan Eyakuze.