Ufadhili’s goal is to have a responsible and sustainable extractive sector that respects and upholds the rights of diverse stakeholders particularly the citizens/ local communities through proper management of natural resources; mitigating the negative socio-economic, political and environmental impacts.
Our work with Salt Extractive Companies
This project was initiated in January 2012 and was being implemented in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and aimd at enhancing the sustainability practices by the salt extractive companies based in Malindi, Kilifi County; Kenyan Coast region.
Prior to the commencement of the project, in 2011, KAM and Ufadhili Trust carried out a rapid assessment in Malindi aimed at the identifying the social responsibility issues affecting both the companies and the local communities. The assessment established that, the companies faced numerous challenges ranging from allegations of land dispossession, environmental degradation, community relations, and workplace practices to human rights violations.
The intervention was part of the efforts by diverse stakeholders including government (national/county), civil society and Business Membership Organizations (BMOs), to enhance dialogue/ improved relations between the companies and host communities. It is also in line with the recommendations of a public inquiry conducted in 2006 by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) into allegations of human rights violations by the companies.
Ufadhili Trust is at the forefront of enhancing the voice of citizens and marginalized communities/groups in extractives, oil and gas matters through civil society led advocacy initiatives.
- In 2016, Ufadhili Trust in partnership with the Canadian High Commission in Kenya, held the first ever “Women and Extractives Forum” in Nairobi Kenya. The forum aimed at exploring ways of improving Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in regards to women’s participation in the extractive industry.
Ufadhili Trust is a member of the Kenya Oil and Gas Working Group (KOGWG)