East Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. But the advantages of this growth do not reach all people. Millions are excluded from key institutions and opportunities that should be open to all.
Political and economic power has long been built around individuals, families, and networks rather than around public institutions. To address the region’s challenges, these institutions must become responsive and accountable to all East Africans. For this to happen, civil society and the public must have opportunities to participate in decision making, and to work in partnership with government and the private sector to better their societies. And the region’s large youth population must be empowered to advance change in their communities, their countries, and East Africa at large.