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The Resource Mobilisation Office (RMO) which reports to the Office of the Secretary General is mandated to mobilise resources for EAC projects and programmes. Its mandate originates from the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC signed in November 1999 and entered into force in July 2000. The Community’s budget is funded by contributions from Partner States as well as from other donors.

Functions

Currently, its functions include the following:

(i) Carrying out donor missions to market EAC and recruiting donors
(ii) Linking EAC with external donors and maintaining close and professional working relations with donors based on credibility and transparency
(vii) Reviewing project proposals and advising on compliance to guidelines
(iii) Coordinating disbursements and management of donor funds
(iv) Reporting on the implementation of activities which respond to the needs and expectations of the donors in terms of structure, content and timing
(v) Project coordination in EAC

Strategies

The following are the strategies employed by the Office to facilitate the mobilisation of resources into the Community:

(i) The EAC Partnership Fund
(ii) The EAC Development Fund (EACDF)
(iii) The EAC Resource Mobilisation Strategy
(iv) The Regional Integration Support Programme (RISP 2)
(v) World Bank Capacity Building

Achievements

The RMO has made great efforts in mobilising both internal and external resources and currently a number of donors are already providing technical and financial assistance to the EAC. For example, the relative contribution by Development Partners to the Community’s budget has risen from 15% in 2002/03, to 24% in 2003/04, to 40% in 2008/09, to 48% 2009/10 and 45% for FY 2010/2011.

Other achievements include: 
  
(i) Increase in membership of the Partnership Fund
(ii) Close and professional working relations with donors based on credibility and transparency
(iii) Established systems for reporting on the implementation of activities
(iv) Increased capacity to implement EAC activities
(v) Centralised coordination of projects and programmes 

Challenges Faced 

(i) Over dependency by EAC on external support
(ii) Late disbursements after pledges by donors
(iii) Budget constraints
(iv) Poor planning and as a result, activities are not fully implemented
(v) Uncoordinated fundraising activities

Way Forward

(i) Putting in place an EAC Resource Mobilisation Strategy which will clearly define policies, procedures and mechanisms for fund raising
(ii) Finalising the establishment the EAC Development Fund to broaden, stabilise and increase the financing of EAC activities.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2011 09:19
 
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