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Celebrating Peter da Costa

We are very sad to learn of the passing of our friend, Peter da Costa. His death marks a huge loss for the development community globally and for us at…

Women don’t go into mines

A look into the gender dynamics in the Extractives Sector. During our extractives scoping study in various counties, we had the opportunity to meet with artisan miners and get to…

Setting up Data Desks in Counties: Why we care about this.

Since 2013, we have been working together with counties and the World Bank in Kenya to develop systems to be transparent and engage citizens. The Open County Initiative provides a…

Gold Rush: Artisan Miners battle with underground water in search of wealth

In the last few weeks, we have travelled to different parts of Kenya to meet with artisan miners and listen to them tell us about their circumstances. We wanted to…

Participation must be meaningful for successful extractive projects

Public participation should not be just a way of ticking a box Communities in Lamu are united in its fervent opposition to the proposed coal plant that is to be…

The 15th CAADP Partnership Platform Meeting

The 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)  Partnership Platform Meeting was held on from 9th - 14th June 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. This years theme was, "Enhancing trade and…

The 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform Meeting

The 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)  Partnership Platform Meeting was held on from 9th - 14th June 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. This years theme was, "Enhancing trade and…

Invisible Citizens: How I was swindled out of my land by a powerful politician

 Our Open Extractives team was last week in Lamu County, where communities have been actively engaged in a fight against the establishment of a Coal Plant near the UNESCO Heritage…

The Invisibles: Finding the Citizen Voice in the Extractives Sector

Kenya has a vast array of natural resources. From Gold and Gemstones to soapstone and fluorspar to Titanium and Oil, Kenya is rich with natural minerals that have the potential…

New Money: Missed Opportunity?

Money makes the world go round, so the saying goes. It is certainly a measure of success, a means to freedom - of expression, of advancement, of growth. At its…