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development policies is one of the most important reasons. That is why ITUC-Africa has planned within the framework of its 2009–2012 Strategic Plan capacity building actions for trade unions in the area of socioeconomic analysis and formulation of alternative development strategies to neoliberal policies.

In this respect, in the wake of this financial crisis, ITUC-Africa has undertaken to sensitise and inform its affiliated trade union organisations about the manifestations of the crisis and its consequences on African countries. To that effect, ITUC-Africa organised jointly with ILO in Nairobi on the April 15, 2009 a forum on the financial crisis for its affiliates from the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania). Sensitization actions will continue throughout the year.

Within the framework of this programme and considering the tendencies of the African context which is characterized by five phenomena, the impasse of poverty, the low accessibility of economies to global markets, poor governance of States, the trap of natural resources, the dangers of climate change and food insecurity, the economic policies recommended by ITUC-Africa take into account three main characteristics:

  • i.

    The need to change the economic model in order to steer development policies and strategies in Africa, which means that ultra liberalism should be abandoned and the crucial role of the state as guarantor of social justice, promotion of human development and solidarity in all African countries should be recognised.

  • ii.

    Good governance in all African countries should be required. The permanent threats of poor governance for economic, social and environmental balance and for the future of African men and women workers, is real.

  • iii.

    There is need to reform the global governance to enable African countries to set themselves free from the domination of international institutions, Western powers and emerging powers.

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