Testing Community Consent in Extractives - A Case Study

Securing Communities’ Right to ‘Free Prior and Informed’ Consent in Kenya’s Extractives Sector

Helen Ewoton (48) sits with other villagers as a drill team bores a hole for fresh water in the village of Nawoyatir in the Lapur district of Lokitaung in Turkana. Kieran Doherty/Oxfam
Paper publication date: 
Monday, November 7, 2016

This case study assesses the extent of Tullow Oil’s compliance with the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in Turkana County, northern Kenya. It examines the company’s engagement in selected communities and finds that, while community engagement processes have improved in important ways, it has yet to achieve FPIC. The study provides recommendations that contribute to the evidence base for FPIC practice beyond this project, in order to improve future implementation across the oil and gas industry.