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Oil discoveries in Turkana still to fuel women's emancipation - 8 months ago, 9 Aug 18:52

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Turkana is a vast dry, remote county in northwest Kenya, home to around 1.5 million nomadic livestock keepers.

The discovery of commercially viable oil deposits six years ago brought with it great expectations of economic transformation of the historically marginalised area.

The discovery of oil has indeed had major implications for communities in the area. But not all the changes have been positive.

We have been conducting research in Turkana over the past four years with the aim of understanding how the extractive industry affects communities and triggers conflict.

We have done interviews and had group discussions with key decision makers, civil society groups and community members.

The research identified some key challenges. That women weren’t properly represented in decisions made between the oil company and community. And that they were particularly vulnerable to problems brought about by displacement, due to the oil extraction.

Also, the extractive industry has brought a migration of ...
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