Regional Workshop on Advocacy and Civic Space Strategy for Civil Society Organizations Working in East Africa’s Oil and Gas Sector

Source: HakiMadini

On 10th to 11th April, 2017, HakiMadini participated in the Regional Workshop on Advocacy and Civic Space Strategy for Civil Society Organizations Working in East Africa’s Oil and Gas Sector convened by Global Rights Alert (GRA) a Civil Society Organization from Uganda. The two day event attracted more than 30 participants from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. These included representatives from: Government Ministries Agencies and Departments that Regulate Civil Societies in Uganda, and those working on Oil and Gas; Civil Society Organizations; Coalitions and Networks on Oil and Gas, Development Partners; Police; and Media. The workshop took place at Esella Country Hotel in Kampala Uganda with the objective of fostering collaboration and networking amongst Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working in the East African’s budding oil and gas sector.

The workshop was entailed by presentations, plenary sessions, panel discussions, and moderated breakaway sessions on formulating a joint advocacy and civic engagement strategies for the oil and gas sector in the East African Region. Day one had a moderated discussion on trends for civic space in East Africa, in view of the changing regulatory framework for CSOs whereby the discussion was partly informed by the findings of GRA’s research study on the Implications of the NGO Act 2016 of Uganda, on organizations working in the oil and gas sector, and by participants’ experiences. Later in the day, there was a panel discussion on updates and sharing experiences by representatives from the three participating countries. On the second day, the participants worked on formulating a joint advocacy strategy (highlighting regional hotspots for joint CSO intervention, security and civic space risks involved, and key actions to mitigate risks/threats), especially in view of trans-boundary oil and gas Infrastructure.

 

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