Balancing National Development Aspirations with Indigenous Peoples Local Communities’ Land and Natural Resource Rights – A Case of Large Infrastructural Development Practice in Kenya

Balancing National Development Aspirations with Indigenous Peoples Local Communities’ Land and Natural Resource Rights – A Case of Large Infrastructural Development Practice in Kenya

Stanley Kimaren

Large Infrastructural Development Practice and Indigenous Peoples Land rights.

Kenya’s vision 2030 and the economic recovery strategy for wealth and employment creation (2003–2007) set development benchmarks for the country with a focus on investment in infrastructure. The envisaged massive upgrading and extension of the country’s infrastructure shall be realized through Public Private Partnership. The article looks at some of the mega infrastructural development projects in the country and explores the extent to which national macroeconomic goals targeted by such projects, impacts local land tenure and livelihoods security of indigenous peoples and local communities. In addition to exploring the land grabs dynamics associated with large infrastructural development projects, some light will be shed on the emerging trend of land grabs “from below”, where local community elites take advantage of their privileged knowledge and resource, and weak enforcement of local tenure rights by the state to disposes members of their own communities. Read more..

Paper: Paris Agreement – Little to Celebrate for Poor Countries

Paper: Paris Agreement – Little to Celebrate for Poor Countries

The recently-agreed deal in Paris on Climate Change does not contain much to be celebrated for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), according to an analysis done by the Civil Society Forum on Climate Change (Forum CC). One of the main shortfalls of the agreement, from the African point of view, is the failure by the parties to agree on putting priority on the urgent need to finance adaptation in all LDCs. Read more …

Paper: The Rise of Mega-Trading Blocs

Paper: The Rise of Mega-Trading Blocs

… and their systemic implications | Presented by Nathan Irumba, Chief Executive Director, SEATINI | May 2015

A paper presented by Ambassador Nathan Irumba, Chief Executive Director, SEATINI during the conference on mega-trading blocs and the failure of African trade organised by The Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), 26-27 May 2015. The paper gives an overview of the new dynamics in the global trading system and the implications for the development prospects for Africa and the developing world.

Hurra Green – Uganda Community Green Radio launched

On July 4th 2014, the Uganda Community Green Radio (UCGR), an initiative of the Uganda National Association for Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) was born. As an extension to the Sustainability School projects supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in the oil rich Albertine region in western Uganda, UCGR provides a much needed platform for communities to express their views freely especially on how they are being affected by the oil industry.