Kenya: New report urges oil companies to improve grievance mechanisms to reduce tensions with locals in oil-rich Turkana

Cordaid has released a new report on community perceptions of oil exploration in Turkana county. The report calls for inclusive dialogue between local communities, government and oil companies to prevent further tensions and ensure sustainable development in the county. [also refers to Africa Oil, Adamantine Energy & Bowleven]

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14 September 2015

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Author: Cordaid

"Oil Exploration in Kenya: Success Requires Consultation - Assessment of Community Perceptions of Oil Exploration in Turkana County, Kenya"

...The private sector, in particular oil companies and their sub-contractors, are advised to develop a more systematic community engagement strategy that improves the quality and frequency of community consultations. Dealing with a legacy of problematic and in some cases hostile company–community relations requires putting in place new structures and people to allow for a ‘re-set’ of the currently fraught relations between companies and communities. This implies that they should (among other things)...improve the current (company) grievance mechanism to make it more understandable, accessible and efficient for local communities…

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14 September 2015

Kenya: New report urges oil companies to improve grievance mechanism to reduce tension with local communities

Author: Cordaid

"New Report on Community Perceptions of Oil Exploration in Turkana County"

Between September and December 2014, Cordaid together with a coalition of Turkana-based civil society organizations (CSOs), carried out a qualitative baseline assessment in Turkana County to gain a better understanding of the perceived community impacts and benefits of oil exploration and related stakeholder dynamics. Through a participatory approach the baseline assessment marked the beginning of Cordaid’s engagement with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Turkana, including local communities, CSOs, the Turkana County Government, and oil companies such as Tullow Oil and CEPSA.

The research in fact was targeted at identifying and documenting the concerns, fears and hopes of “the smaller voices”, as stated by one respondent in reference to villagers and pastoralists, whose views are not often heard in the policy debates regarding oil development in Kenya.

Cordaid and local partners in this assessment are convinced that a more systematic, constructive and inclusive dialogue between local communities, government and oil companies is possible and urgently needed to prevent further social tensions and rent-seeking, and to contribute to sustainable development in Turkana County.

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