7thAug

Land & Natural Resources

ANCHORING THE PROMISE: Deepening Democracy by Promoting Participatory Governance of Natural Resources in Kenya. The link between sustainable management of natural resources and deepening democracy in Kenya is not difficult to fathom, much less now when the country is headed for a general election. Apart from being the sole livelihood source for a great majority of Kenyans, land is also the subject of great emotional attachment. Discontent over ownership and utilization of land and natural resources has remained the most notable source of frequent conflicts and tribal clashes between Kenyan communities. No wonder it emerged as a critical issue – Agenda 4 – in the National Accord which defined the framework for reforms following the 2007/2008 post-election violence. Following the

7thAug

Land & Natural Resources

Topics Project Overview Capacity Building Seminar for Turkana County Members of County Assembly (MCAs) Research on oil and gas governance framework in Kenya Raising public awareness on critical extractive sector issues Enhancing lawyers’ capacity to deal with extractive sector issues Project Overview Kenya is poised to become a key producer of oil and natural gas as well as other extractive resources. This follows the discovery of oil, natural gas and other mineral deposits in different parts of the country, and ongoing active exploration for more resources. However, concerns continue to be raised as to whether extracting these finite resources will lead to meaningful development for the country and her people, or plunge the country into the proverbial “resource curse”. This