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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about EASSI, our work, impact, projects, who we work with, critical areas of concern and so many. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, we shall get back to you as soon as possible.

What is EASSI?

The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a sub-regional, non-profit organisation that strengthens the capacity of women and civil society organisations in governance, leadership, economic empowerment, policy advocacy initiatives and peace and security. EASSI recognises the worth of all persons and the value of diversity and non-discrimination.


Who does EASSI work with?

EASSI works with a total of sixteen national networks and NGO’s with national mandate in nine (9) countries of the East and Horn of Africa. Namely; Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. Each of these national networks have members in their respective countries who spread and extend the opportunity and influence of EASSI.

What are the strengths and capabilities of EASSI?

Over the years, EASSI has developed strengths and capabilities for which the organisations is recognised regionally and internationally. These include:

○Working on the Beijing and African Platforms for Action

○Promoting Women, Youth Rights and Gender Equality

○Enhancing Capacity on issues of women, youth, peace and security

○Participation on Regional and International bodies such as International Action Network on Small Arms, the United Nations Commission on the status of Women in Africa, Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group and the East African Women in Business Platform.

More infor under About Us

What are the 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action and the EAC Gender Equality and Development Bill?

  1. Gender Based Violence
  2. Power and Decision making
  3. Trade
  4. The Media
  5. Economic Empowerment
  6. Peace and Security
  7. Education
  8. Agriculture and Food security
  9. Environmental Management
  10. Health
  11. Land Rights
  12. Marginalized groups

Learn more by viewing our Causes

What do I have to do in order to do business in East Africa without a passport? (Cross Border Trade Immigration Procedures)

Residents from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda can use their National Identity card as a travel document and do business in any of the three countries.

What you have to do;

Present your original National Identity Card to the Immigration Officer at the point of entry. You will be given an interstate pass, which helps you to travel and do business in that country for up to six (6) months. The interstate pass will be taken away from you when you return to your home country.

Learn more about The Cross Border Cooperation Project 

Are there other travel documents I can use and health documents? (Cross Border Trade Immigration Procedures)


There are other travel documents, including a temporary movement permit which is given to you at the border at a fee. You can use a passport, in form of a booklet given by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in your country.

Always remember to carry your Yellow Fever Vaccination card at all times.

What if I have a child/ children I’m traveling with? (Cross Border Trade Immigration Procedures)

Parents traveling with young children should obtain travel documents for the children and must carry the child’s birth certificate.

What do I need to sell goods outside my country? (Cross Border Trade Customs Procedures)

As a trader, you need to have a Simplified Certificate of Origin (SCOO) for goods produced within the East African Community (EAC) countries, whose value is less the $2,000 (two thousand US Dollars). The SCOO is given to you by the Customs Officials.

For more details, check out our downloadable file on How to do business across the border (English)

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