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..