TUDCN meeting on trade union partnerships - East Africa sub-regional meeting

Trade union and solidarity support organisation representatives took part in a meeting of the TUDCN on trade union partnerships for development. The meeting took place on 3-4 of April 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

This sub-regional meeting was co-organised by the TUDCN Secretariat, ITUC-Africa and the East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC). Solidarity support organisations joined trade union representatives from Burundi, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

After an introduction and discussion of the regional and sub-regional development cooperation priorities, participants undertook a mapping exercise of trade union development cooperation initiatives in East Africa. The Trade Union Development Effectiveness Principles and the tool for its implementation, the Trade Union Development Effectiveness Profile (TUDEP) were introduced and was then applied for the analysis of trade union development cooperation partnerships in the sub-region. TUDEP is a learning tool designed to support trade unions worldwide in the application of the effectiveness principles in their development cooperation practice. Following individual and group work, results of the analysis were discussed and issues deserving particular attention going forward were identified. A strategic session followed in which participants identified mechanisms to address these issues.

Over the two days, over 20 participants worked towards improving the coordination and coherence of trade union development cooperation initiatives in East Africa and strengthening their partnerships. Participants appreciated the usefulness of the trade union development effectiveness principles and the TUDEP tool and committed to increasingly apply the Principles and use the tool.

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