Kenya's Emerging Natural Resources Sector: Getting it Right

Author: Rose Kimotho, Institute for Human Rights & Business, Published on: 6 September 2013

In March 2012, Tullow Oil announced that it had discovered oil in Turkana County...securing Kenya’s place as a potential oil producer...[T]here is an urgent need to strengthen accountability and transparency in the management of the sector...[E]xtractive industries must be sensitive to the potential environmental and social impacts of their activities, including on the human rights of local communities...This is critical considering that a large portion of ongoing exploration is taking place in the most under-developed and historically marginalized sections of the country and there are huge expectations that these operations will transform the lives of the inhabitants for the better...Fortunately, there are a growing number of tools such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to help all actors manage such tensions in ways that are consistent with the Kenyan government’s international obligations to protect human rights, reiterated in the country’s 2010 Constitution.

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