- Widening inequalities that have isolated the poor
- Political structures that have entrenched vulnerability to conflict
- Widely accepted cultures and legal frameworks that justify disregard for Human Rights and the rule of law in all strata of society in the region.
- Skewed focus of Human Rights and Social Justice in urban areas at the expense of the wider and equally important rural constituency.
- An apparent lack of cohesive, strategic and sustained Human Rights and Social Justice efforts.
- A widespread lack of easily accessible resources for urgent Human Rights and Social Justice interventions and solid funding for building long-term infrastructure for interventions.
The AkibaUhaki strategic Plan has been largely informed by our mapping of the East African Human Rights and Social Justice sector, and the series of regional Round tables held in 2007. The final product is the culmination of a long drawn process that involved a deliberately thorough and introverted look at the Fund's mission, vision, strategic objectives and projected program activities in its first two years of operation. It identifies the key challenges facing the region as well as the Fund's distinctive niche and core areas of the Fund's strategic focus. The Strategic Plan summarizes the following key challenges that abound in the region, and to which AkibaUhaki needs in its endeavors to bring about lasting change: