MULTI-SECTOR TRAINING IN LAKE TURKANA REGION, KENYA

BUILDING CAPACITY ACROSS SECTORS FOR OIL AND GAS ENGAGEMENT IN TURKANA, KENYA

Lodwar – Lake Turkana,  KENYA

Independent SP’s Director, Jordon Kuschminder, supported Cordaid deliver the first Extractives Training Workshop for Civil Society Organisations in Lodwar, the main town in the Turkana County of Kenya. The training focused on Social Issues in Oil, Gas and Mining and was specially designed to strengthen the technical capacities of the Turkana Natural Resource Governance Hub – a collective of 16 CSOs actively working across the county.

The training was especially appropriate given the current oil exploration activities taking place across the region. After the training was opened by the County Commander, sessions on current experiences with Oil Industry community engagement, social performance standards, Voluntary Principles and Human Rights, Engaging Communities in Oil, Gas and Mining (from the context of what is and is not working in Kenya), an introduction to key tools in social performance and a closing session on looking forward were held. The event also included opportunities for constructive dialogue between cross-sector stakeholders. Tullow Oil, the main oil explorer in the region, also participated by providing an enlightening and well received session to the participants on the second day. The training was closed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Turkana County Ministry of Natural Resources.

Independent SP will continue to assist Cordaid’s on-the-ground activities in the Lake Turkana region, including a social baseline assessment on community perceptions of oil impact from mid-Sept to mid-October 2014.

A full article will be posted on the Cordaid website here.