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..

Interview: Multi Stakeholder Platforms – the way forward for advocacy in East Africa?

Interview: Multi Stakeholder Platforms – the way forward for advocacy in East Africa?

Interview with Michael Farrelly, Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement | May 2017

In East Africa, the space and terrain for Non-Governmental actors to operate and thrive keep constantly changing. To address some of those challenges and obstacles, the Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) – one of RLS’ partners in the region, has recently embarked on establishing and running a Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) on seeds in the country. RLS conducted an interview with Michael Farrelly, TOAM’s Programme Manager. Read more …

Interview: Creating Employment through Climate Adaptation

Interview: Creating Employment through Climate Adaptation

Interview with Fazal Issa (ForumCC) | Broadcasted by Deutsche Welle Swahili Program | April 2017

In this radio interview, Fazal Issa, ForumCC’s Programme Officer, tells Deutsch Welle’ (DW) Swahili service how it is planning to encourage agricultural and solid waste management practices that are not only climate-friendly, but will likewise enable them make an income in the process. Read more …