DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
Up to 40 percent of East Africa’s 134 million
people are languishing in poverty with only 10 percent of the
population being the richest, according to a report obtained
here this week.
of East Africa Report 2013 launched on Friday says despite being
rich in terms of natural resources the gap between the poor and
rich in the East African region continues to widen further.
titled One People, One Destiny: the future of inequality in East
Africa says the poverty level matches the war- torn Democratic
Republic of Congo and Somalia.
anticipates improvement in the quality of life of East Africans
through attainment of sustainable growth by the promotion of a
balanced and harmonious development.
launched by the Society for International Development (SID)
suggests equal distribution of benefits and commitment to people
centered and market driven competition as envisaged by the EAC
Headquartered in Rome, Italy, SID is an international network of
individuals and organizations founded in 1957 to promote social
justice and foster democratic participation in the development
shows trends in the last two decades pointing to reducing
inequalities in the republics of Rwanda and Burundi.
that the gap between the rich and poor was expanding in Kenya
and Tanzania while Uganda has kept stable.
the report paints a fairly good picture of the East African
Community’s economy, saying it recorded an impressive growth
rate trend of 6 percent in 2011 and a GDP of 83 billion U. S.