Trade and Investment rules at all levels are largely skewered in favor of developed countries, the rich and the Transnational Corporations (TNCs) at the expense of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the poor and the most marginalized especially women and youth. The unfair trade and investment rules have also affected efforts by African Countries in general and EAC and Uganda in particular, to promote structural transformation and industrialization, and have locked them into perpetual primary commodity dependence. The existing Trade and Investment rules are the major source of ESCRs and Environmental rights violations and have continued negatively impact on smaller holder farmers and MSMEs through land dispossession, environmental degradation, violation of labor rights, limited access to viable markets and social services and welfare.

The above challenges continue to manifest themselves as a result of a number of factors including:

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Our work under Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development Thematic Area:


SEATINI engages in research and development to generate evidence based information to inform the development of alternative policy options to the pervasive neoliberal ideology currently informing investment and trade related policies and practices. Read More

Strategic interest Litigation to enhance access to remedy

Strategic litigation is a powerful tool to advance rights as well as hold governments accountable and ensure compliance with human rights obligations. SEATINI will therefore use strategic interest litigation as a tool to clarify and fill the gaps in domestic and Read More

Policy Analysis and Advocacy

At the heart of SEATINI’s investment and trade related policy work is policy influencing. In order to influence policy processes and negotiations, SEATINI undertakes policy analysis and advocacy together with partners from trade unions, farmers, MSMEs, youth, Read More

Capacity building

In view of the evolving nature of investment and trade related policy processes, globally, regionally and nationally, SEATINI also focuses on strengthening the capacity of key stakeholders in Uganda and the EAC i.e. trade unions, farmers, Micro Small and Read More

Alliance building and networking

SEATINI hosts a number of networks and working groups. While some are loose, others are formally constituted. SEATINI is also a member of other networks/ coalitions through which the organization advances the work around investment, trade related issues at national, regional and global level. Read More

Media engagement

Through the media, print, radio, television, and social media platforms, SEATINI and her partners in the investment and trade related work puts positions, and alternative policy options in the public domain to influence debate and inform policy and Read More

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