According to World Bank (2002) research findings titled ‘Large Mines and Local Communities’, the relationship between mining companies and the local communities is largely undergoing a positive transformation. Hakijamii’s interventions in Kwale seeks to promote the concept of benefit sharing and strengthen the capacity of the beneficiaries to effectively participate in the budget process and ensure sufficient funds are allocated towards access to basic services.
Hakijamii held a training tackling issues such as understanding budget documents,strategies of engagement and reading the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
From the meeting;
i) Participants appreciated the EIA Report.
ii) The affected host communities agreed to work under one group called Msukumo Bora Group who also learnt advocacy skills.
iii) A budget platform was constituted compromising of 13 members representing Nguluku, Bwiti, Bumamani and Kibwage.
Role play on county public hearing on the budget was done to enhance comprehension. The participants were also taken through the roles of the national and county government. This was important so that when the community members make their proposals, they know whom to make their demands to.