OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE REPORT “THE TENSION BETWEEN HUMAN RIGHTS & DEVELOPMENT”

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE REPORT “THE TENSION BETWEEN HUMAN RIGHTS & DEVELOPMENT”

In May 2017, Hakijamii conducted a research study along the LAPSSET corridor with affected communities to establish the effects of the project on their livelihoods and access to socio economic rights. The research study led to development of a report entitled The Tension between Human Rights & Development: The Case of LAPSSET in Isiolo County”. The study established that the communities along the LAPSSET corridor projects had not been sensitized about the projects. They were not informed about the impacts that the project would have on their lives. In addition, they were not adequately involved in various stages of project implementation. Although information dissemination forums were organized occasionally in Isiolo Town by LCDA, majority of the residents are still speculating on the main route the corridor will be taking, who among them would be affected and how they would be compensated. The study established that the mega projects had not enhanced any basic social services; instead, these services are further threatened through effects like noise pollution and strained access to basic services due to the influx of people.

The organization is keen to share findings with as many stakeholders as possible and find solutions to some of the proposed recommendations. The report has been disseminated to the Isiolo Multi-stakeholder Forum members in Isiolo Town as well as to affected communities in Merti and Biliqo. To this extent, the organization organized for a dialogue forum with the County Government of Isiolo including the Executive and County Assembly. The meeting had the objectives of disseminating the findings of the report to the key County Government departments and leadership as key actors in the LAPSSET project to inform their future engagements, provide a platform for the County Government and Isiolo Multi-Stakeholder Forum to dialogue and create sustainable working relationships and to identify key action points of convergence from the recommendations especially those directly under the obligation of the county for collective redress.