SOCIAL BASELINE FIELDWORK FOR OIL & GAS EXPLORATION IN LAKE TURKANA, KENYA

INDEPENDENT SP SUPPORTS CORDAID BASELINE ON SOCIAL ISSUES RELATED TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION

Turkana County,  NORTH-WEST KENYA

Over the past month, Independent SP participated in Cordaid Extractive’s Social Baseline Study working to understand the current state of social issues related to oil and gas exploration in North-Western Kenya. Fieldwork, including approximately 50 key informant interviews and over 10 focus groups from communities across the county, is now wrapped up and the process now switches to data analysis and report writing.

The next step includes a series of ‘Results Validation’ meetings which are scheduled to be conducted by Cordaid towards the end of November with the summary report and full reports being available towards the start of 2015.

Jordon Kuschminder, Independent SP’s Director, participated as one of the 3 team leaders for the project which included the involvement of several CSO member organisations of the Turkana Natural Resource Governance Hub: “Working in this region is not easy for any company or organisation – it was an eye-opening experience on several fronts. I think the project Cordaid conducted here is timely and meaningful to both communities and the CSOs who participated in the study – Independent SP appreciates being able to have been a part of it.”

Current oil and gas exploration activities in Turkana are being conducted byTullow Oil (with current seismic activities being conducted by BGP) and by the Spanish Exploration Company CEPSA.