Despite the growth and potential of the extractive sector in East Africa, there is currently no established regional CSO led multi-stakeholder forum to dialogue on developments in the sector and their implications on the East Africa citizenry. With the growing regional and national interest in harnessing the extractive sector for economic growth, there has also been a growing body of knowledge, experience and work on extractives by civil society organisations operating in East Africa and beyond. However, this knowledge and experience has not been sufficiently shared at a regional level.
As aforementioned, the petroleum sector across the region is still relatively emerging. The major oil, gas and mining companies operating in the region operate in multiple countries. Companies like Tullow, Total and Barrick Gold have operations spanning more than one country in the region. Moreover, petroleum infrastructure that is cross boundary and foundational is only just being developed. There is, therefore a critical need for the convening of a regional multi-stakeholder regional forum on EI in East Africa.
Oxfam is to convene a two-day multi-stakeholder knowledge exchange and experience sharing meeting on extractive industries in the region. This meeting would be co-convened with various interested CSO organisations and would be aimed at triggering exchange and dialogue among communities, the media, the private sector and government representatives drawn largely from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
The first meeting will be held in Nairobi, Kenya with a focus on two main themes; community social and environmental impacts; and extractive revenues and benefit sharing. The first meeting will be jointly held with a partner- the Africa Media Initiative (AMI).