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What constitutes or is considered East Africa?
East Africa or East of Africa is the eastern sub-region of the African continent, According to the U.N. Statistics Division scheme of geographic regions, 19 territories make up Eastern Africa.
Like the rest of Africa, The majority of East Africans are adherents of Christianity or Islam. East African people often combine the practice of their traditional belief with the practice of Abrahamic religions.
What is East Africa known for?
In terms of language, East Africa is united by the common lingua franca known as Swahili. This language is both the native tongue of a specific people – “the Swahili” – and a lingua franca spoken by more than 50 million people throughout the region
What makes East Africa unique?
Geographically, the region is well known for its magnificent physical features. The two highest mountains in Africa are located here: Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. The River Nile, the longest river in Africa has its source from Africa’s biggest lake, Lake Nyanza also known as Lake Victoria. The region is also famous for its game reserves located at the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya.
What are some issues in East Africa?
While there are significant risks in some areas of East Africa, most places are extremely safe. Never travel East Africa’s roads by night when the region’s poor road-safety record gets worse. Banditry can be a concern in northeastern Kenya, northeastern Uganda and rural Burundi.
As is the case in many africain countries, some of the policy constraints include:
- Poor Governance
- Inadequate legal and regulatory framework
- Inadequate access to productive resources
- Inadequate participation of local communities
- Poor physical infrastructure and utilities
- Weak institutional framework
Low public expenditure
And several cross-cutting concerns such as:
- High incidence of poverty
- Inadequate social infrastructure
- Gender inequality