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PROJECTS


SEIC’s Past, On-going and Future Projects

 

SEIC’s past, on-going and future projects have demonstrated that the Centre can be a focal point for research strengths with respect to external users of that research, a key example is its Empowering Africa Research project. This project also demonstrated that SEIC can be a useful vehicle for stimulating research activities that require interdisciplinary, interuniversity and/or interuniversity/industry collaboration. SEIC through it’s on-going activities such as the Extractives Baraza, has provided opportunities to secure additional funding and illustrate to core funders a sustainable approach to be less reliant on donor funding.


SEIC throughout all its activities has sought to incorporate graduate and undergraduate students to participate in it’s research and training opportunities. SEIC has with the help of the university HR department provided employment opportunities to students through internships and other employment opportunities, the book projects and the Extractives Baraza are a good example of this.

 

1. CAPACITY BUILDING / TRAINING

 

  • Executive Course on Oil & Gas: Together with the National Oil Corporation of Kenya, SEIC conducts bi-annual executive courses on Oil & Gas targeting mid to senior non-industry professionals, including business executives and legal practitioners.
  • Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)/Ministry of Mining Training 4th November 2015: SEIC co-hosted a forum on e-tools and e-resources to improve the governance of Kenya’s mining sector. In attendance was the Cabinet Secretary of Mining and officials from Kenya Revenue Authority , Ministry of Environment, National Oil Corporation of Kenya, among others.
  • Judiciary Training: Together with the International Commission for Jurists ICJ (Kenyan Chapter), SEIC is currently planning to conduct training for High Court Judges in the Constitutional, Commercial and the Environment and Land Court on the regulatory framework, as well as the socio-economic contextual realties of extractive projects.
  • LLM in Oil and Gas Law and LLB Program (Sept 2016 – March 2018) on an Introduction to Oil and Gas (November 2015-March 2016): the LLM in Oil and Gas law is will be rolled out in the course of 2017.
  • In-House Training Program: SEIC conducts specially tailored interactive In-House trainings for law firms and/or other business entities on Oil, Gas and Mining.

 

2. RESEARCH

 

  • ASM Mining in Migori, Kenya: Conducting research on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining sector in Migori County and gender dimensions within the sector. Generating focus group discussions with women working in the Nyatike mines, the communities surrounding the mines; and key informant interviews with government officials in the Ministry of Mining, private sector, non-state actors and inter-governmental agencies within that sector. Collating, analyzing research findings, generating report on research findings and disseminating information.
  • Kerio Valley, Kenya: Together with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) based in NYC, USA and the Justice Accountability Project (JCAP) based in Canada, SEIC is working with communities in Kerio Valley in strengthening their negotiation and mediation skills with oil companies. The project promotes access to information and facilitates participatory development for local communities who may be impacted by planned oil exploration and development activities in the region.
  • CSR Project: Re-imagining Corporate Social Responsibility in Extractives and building a sustainable business model based on shared value. Carrying out research on linkages between poverty reduction, inequality and the performance of extractives companies operating in Kenya through the prism of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The project aims to provide an in-depth understanding of local extractive industry company-led initiatives and projects that can be considered good sustainable practices.
  • Empowering Africa Project: SEIC together with the Strathmore Energy and Research Centre and the Strathmore Business School carried out research to identify business opportunities in the Energy sector. The research led to the development of case studies and a training course that was delivered to high level CEO’s. This has also spurned to business ideas within the sector and investment. This is an example of how SEIC has played an important role in stimulating and supporting interdisciplinary research on campus and broadening the knowledge base which leads to new discoveries.

 

3. POLICY DEVELOPMENT

 

  • Republic of Somalia: Engaged by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and the Somali Centre for Natural Resources, a Non-governmental organization based in Somalia, to develop sustainable development policies on Somalia’s oil and gas extractive industry which will ultimately culminate to legislation governing the industry.
  • Taita-Taveta County, Kenya: Advising the County Government in developing policy, legislation and regulations that would govern the mining sector in Taita-Taveta County. The County has confirmed commercial reserves of gemstones, iron ore, manganese and also has the country’s largest ASM workforce.
  • The Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill: Provided parliament with comments to the Petroleum bill based on international best practices and research, the same comments were adopted at a sitting in parliament. The bill is still undergoing its legislative process.
  • Policy Briefs: SEIC has on a quarterly basis disseminated to the wider public policy briefs that seek to inform the industry and key stakeholders of developments and laws. This role has since been delegated to the extractives baraza which is now incorporated under SEIC and is hosted at the law school.

 

4. PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FORUMS

 

  • Mining 4 I Event: The event focuses on the use of technical innovation in Kenya’s Mining sector to adapt to current market conditions in the wake of the slump in major mineral prices. It aims to provide participants with insights on industry trends involving innovation and technology in mining projects as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals/institutions.
  • SEIC/ASI Stakeholder Forums: Together with Adam Smith International, holding consultative forums with key stakeholders on various challenges affecting the extractive industry including local content, the Mining Bill 2015, Resource corridors, energy and the environment, among others.
  • Conference on bridging the gap between Academia and the extractives industry: Conference on ensuring there’s positive growth for the sector for both extractive industry companies and government, it sough to invoke the input of academia towards crafting sustainable solutions by acting as a bridge between the industry and the state. The conference sought to incorporate the views of citizens of the country and regionally whose current and future prosperity is inseparably linked to the extractives resources.


5. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT


1. Research Topic


The overall research topic of this project can be described as follows: what are the main legal challenges for the sustainable development of Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) within the extractive industries, and to what extent are these concerns relevant for the design of corresponding models in countries with unexplored resources?


2. Synopsis of the Project


A first and intermediate objective of this research project is to analyse the legal challenges faced by certain countries with significant experience with extractive resources developments in order to understand to legal challenges they faced to develop CRS in a positive and sustainable manner outside the African continent.

This research raises at least the following questions: (1) How to establish a sustainable development of extractive resources? (2) How to engage the community development in a sustainable manner (e.g. local content)?  (3) How to create a positive impact and benefits to the society as a whole without jeopardizing the entire enterprise?

A second and ultimate research objective of this research project is consequently to analyze the implication of these experiences within the African continent with potential or significant amount of extractive resources.


3. Outcome


The expected outcome of this project should be published as two separate books between 2018 and 2020. The project should also preferably develop seminars, conferences and workshops to disseminate the findings and recommendations to the target countries and a wider industry to the extent funding is available. 


4. Participation


We envisage five ways to participate in the project: as a host/organizer, as member of the advisory board, as contributing author, as an institutional support or through sponsorship. We will aim to include relevant key stakeholders, industry players, host governments and third parties within the target countries in the project.

 

4.1. Host/organizer

 

The Strathmore University (Kenya) and Murdoch University (Australia) should take the lead to create and coordinate this project. These entities shall be responsible to select the contributors from the target countries.

 

4.2. Advisory Board

 

Key stakeholders and industry players within the target countries are invited to be part of our advisory board. We are always open to accept new members through the duration of our Project. This is a voluntary position without any obligation attached to this role. The advisory board will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences and recommendations.

 

4.3. Contributors

 

This project will collaborate with a variety of leading experts across the target jurisdictions. We are always open to accept new members through the duration of our project.

 

4.4. Institutional Support

 

Institutions and organizations related to natural resources are invited to be part of our institutional support. This institutional support is a recognition of the relevancy of our project.

 

4.5. Sponsorship

 

This project is considering applying for funds within the industry, target and interested host governments, institutions and third parties.

 

Project Coordinators and Editors


Eduardo G. Pereira, Strathmore University

Jonah Mngola, Strathmore University

Rochelle Spencer, Murdoch University

 

Contact Details

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P.O. Box 59857 00200
City Square, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel.: +254 (0) 703 034 601/604
Fax: +254 (0) 703 034 000/300
Email: seic@strathmore.edu

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